Studio V – Fall 2010

Welcome to the CAC.C Studio V blog.  This blog will be updated daily by the students and professor of Studio V as a way to document our design/build process, and keep all those who may be interested in our progress of the semester’s project informed.

STUDIO V focuses on architecture and tectonics, particularly the relationship between design and building. STUDIO V will emulate practice in that, unlike standard academic exercises, students will not always work in isolation on hypothetical situations. We will work often in collaboration. The studio will offer an approach to design informed by how something is assembled and the materials from which it is made. The studio will employ craft in the execution of the work, which will require patience, planning, understanding tolerance in materials and tools, testing and mock-ups, and the working with the limits and capabilities of tools and materials.

This fall Studio V is working to aid the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in bringing sustainability education to the residents of Charleston, South Carolina through a collection of visual arts exhibitions, lectures, films and activities on the environment and conservation offered by area organizations.  Bluesphere: Earth Art Expo aims to reach out to middle and high school children, college students and young adults as well as the general public in our area; any person that is served by a participating organization will be affected by this citywide exposition. The studio is devoted to the execution of two projects aiding the cause of bluesphere in Charleston:

The first project is to design and construct a bluesphere information kiosk on Marion Square in downtown Charleston. This installation is to give information and add exposure for the Earth Art Expo. Given that the events begin in October, this first project’s time frame is condensed.

The second project is a temporary stage and movie screen on Cannon Park. This installation has to be completed in time for a screening of the documentary film Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirt of the Rural Studio, on November 18th 2010. This documentary spotlights the undergraduate program of the School of Architec­ture at Auburn University, Rural Studios, one of the most prolific and inspirational design-build outreach programs ever established. The film tackles dialogue regarding what it means to be both a successful professional architect and a responsible member of society. Citizen Architect explores the late Samuel Mockbee’s effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. This event will be open to the public and the director & producer will be on hand for Q & A following the screening. This screening is being sponsored by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and AIA of Charleston.

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