It’s sometimes said if you get your hands dirty, you’ve become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles. It can also mean though that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and hard work to make the details actually happen. Here in Studio V, the latter definition suits us quite well.
The much needed mental and physical rest of spring break came at a good time and marked our transition from design to design/build this semester. This past week in studio though was mostly spent regaining the momentum lost with the break’s interruption. The beginning of the week was spent wading through more details as well as finally beginning to tackle the design of the outdoor viewing area, but on Friday it felt to me that the studio was finally ready start getting dirty. After a short studio meeting and another site visit, we reconvened at 1 Simons Street and began working on mock-ups as well as setting up the space to build the viewing structures. The shop has been buzzing all weekend with studio and ITC students working side by side. It’s an exciting time, and everyone’s getting into it.