As we get closer to the finish line, it’s getting harder and harder to not take a moment to stop and appreciate the little things. Probably one of the most exciting moments throughout the build is watching the details come to life. Although some of the details were incredibly difficult to achieve, the final result was well worth the time that it took to craft them.

The hands-on experience that we get while working on site, and the ability to learn about how our building materials choose to behave is one of the many strengths that the Community Build Studio has to offer. As we’ve progressed throughout the semester, we’ve been able to see that steel is an incredibly strong building material but will sag when asked to span long distances, that wood is a lightweight material when dry but incredibly heavy when wet, we’ve been reminded that wood is an organic material and likes to curve unless told that it needs to be straight, that concrete will do whatever it wants to unless you tell it exactly what it’s supposed to be, and so much more.

As the semester comes to a close, we start to develop a better understanding of how creative expression comes not only from design but also from the systems and small details that allow a design to transform from paper to reality.

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