Small buildings have always had a particular appeal. Micro works of architecture inspire an enduring charm that exceeds their function, even if that function is to be a pleasing decoration in the landscape. There are a variety of reasons for our infatuation with little forms. The miniaturization of architecture reduces it to a human scale with which we can interact more readily. We are also drawn by the intricacy of their conception and detail by the fact that smaller buildings usually possess a more tactile quality than constructions of a larger scale. The concise purpose of these structures; that they address a single function, simple use, or even a purely aesthetic aim, makes them intellectually as well as physically accessible.
This Fall the studio is collaborating with the Charleston Parks Conservancy and is devoted to the execution of one project- researching and designing for a community garden site in the Riverland Terrace community on James Island, as well as fabricating, and installing a storage/shade structure for the site.
The studio will engage multiple project studies of escalating scale and detail. Each project will be a community service effort that will require the studio to work closely with design clients, community interest groups, city government and regulatory agencies, and developers.