Wasabi Arugula

As the title alludes, yes, the week has culminated to a spicy and delicately crisp ending. The Architecture and Community Build studio has been working hard this week on cleaning and repairs to projects of semesters past. It has been a wonderful experience to immerse ourselves in the design-build scene and study our student predecessors' [...]

But wait….where will they sit?

As you all know construction documents are in full swing and the team has dived straight into all the details of how our pavilion will come together. This is a crucial part of the design/build program and I, personally, am excited to learn about construction and how to create the details for these drawings. Along [...]

All for one . . .

As you may have read from previous blogs, we had our small group review this past Wednesday with the client group including folks from The Parks Conservancy, the City Building Inspector as well as Community members. . We received great comments from the client that will be helpful as we move forward.  As we move [...]

Preparing for Reviews

Friday are our individual reviews and we have been cranking away here in the studio. We are very excited to share our designs with the Charleston Parks Conservancy and the community! Yesterday in class we did some mock presentations. David gave us no warning and had us present our concepts in 25 seconds or less. [...]

The Path Less Taken

SITE OPTION PROPOSAL - PLAN VIEW As we begin our independent designs there are a lot of factors to consider for this project, who will use it? Where will they enter? How do we address existing conditions, paths, shade? That is when the designer whips out a roll of trace, grabs their over-priced markers, and [...]

Research & Analysis Meeting

Today we will provide members of the Charleston Parks Conservancy with an in-depth analysis of the Wagener Terrace Neighborhood and Corrine Jones Park. We are going to cover topics such as project timelines, historical information, location and nearby places of interest, neighborhood demographics, climate data that will affect the site, successful existing gardens, and a [...]

Paint, Paint, Paint…

  On Tuesday, we had placed all the 4x4 columns in the piers and most of the 2x6 next to the columns. During the installation process, we had to use two ladders per each column, cause all the woods that we are using were not straight, and some of them were bowed,  some were kinked. In [...]

Hardwork is paying off!

With the ongoing painting machine, we were also simultaneously working all the pieces for the roof and columns. We have made incredible progress from trying to understand how to draw and measure the roof pieces to have them finally ready and figured out. The storage unit is also all cut and primed for the color [...]

FUN WITH CONCRETE

Yesterday was our first concrete pour for half of the slab. All twelve of us and Dave were on the site the past few days to prepare the formwork of the slab and the rebars for yesterday concrete pour. Before the concrete pour, we had finished up tying all the rebars and make sure all the [...]