Birds Flyin’ High…

Charleston has been gloomy for what seems like a week now. Studio V has been wrestling with the deceptively colossal task of taking a hard look at critiques on our "final" design from Friday in concert with working out the hard-fast details to come up with a final-final design over the weekend and through studio [...]

A Brief Interlude About Cabinetry

While the immediate, semester-long goal of Studio V is to design and produce a fully functioning Crop Stop unit for deployment in Greenville County, our studio's responsibility's also extend to Clemson's Solar Decathlon studio. As we act in concert, using their construction methods to build our Crop Stop, we are in turn designing the fabrication [...]

Coming Together

After both studio groups presented our ideas, we have consolidated the two proposals and are now working on one design.  Kathy Calvin, the President and CEO of United Nations Foundation once said, “ There is power in individuals, and now we’re learning there is power in individuals coming together.”After agreeing  on a simplified floor plan, [...]

And Then There Was ONE

Yesterday the two groups came together to present our concepts to Pastre and Harry with the goal of choosing one to go forward with for our final design, however it was not nearly that simple. As we went through the two designs we started to realize that they both had there own strengths and weaknesses. [...]

The fusion

Again we separated into two groups to last time explore the maximum possibility of roof structure and material using strategies before we put everything together as one final design. But actually, the fundamental design decisions of plan and space that two groups have made are logically similar. The reason of this are mainly because the research that have [...]


We stand at a group at a crucial point in the design process, as we cannot loose steam under a strict project timeline.  The team is now working together to focus on combining strong concepts from the previous partner design proposals presented last week. The group has taken the task of narrowing down a design direction [...]

What is Today?

Today is progress. One of the most refreshing parts of design reviews, is having fresh perspective from people who have never seen your ideas before.  It's can be easy to become attached to something that enraptures your soul, and drags you like a siren through the long hours of the night previous to a critique. [...]

And on to the next one

Well it seems everyone lived through 'Jury 2: The Regioning'.  Next up is the big-time - figuring out how to take six disparate ideas and begin to meld them into one successful design for the first of the new CropStops.  It was impressive to see just how much the individual groups varied in their designs [...]

Need More Coffee!

It's 6am the morning of our review and Studio V is functioning at full capacity. With the deadline fast approaching,  I will be making today's post short and sweet. Today six different Crop stop designs will be presented. Each design is curated towards a different U.S. climate zone. The goal of this exercise, however, is [...]