Through the Window

The stairs at our center here in Charleston are very narrow, which will come to no surprise to those that have studied in this building. After struggling to move 14' long pieces of lumber up these stairs, members of the studio had to get crafty and find another way to get the wood up to [...]

Pushing Forward!

Welcome back to another installment of late night Studio V work! This week we’ve been nonstop grinding and welding and as you can guess, punching and painting. We’ve said it time and time again, we are hard at work trying to meet deadlines and produce a quality build for Frierson Elementary and the surrounding community [...]

Learning to Weld

Yesterday, March 27th, the studio met after spring break to begin learning some welding and metal cutting/ grinding techniques. We began with angle grinders and the different blades that can be used. Some finish an edge, like a sander, while others cut the material. The cut isn't a perfect cut, like a bandsaw would produce, [...]

Construction Drawings vs. Shop Drawings

Shop drawings (also known as fabrication drawings): are detailed plans that translate design intent. They provide fabricators with the information necessary to manufacture, fabricate, assemble and install all the components of a structure. In this project, we are the fabricators, manufacturers, and installers for every component our design. As we move towards the end of [...]

Progress from Setbacks

A great architect once told me that design is never finished, you must simply decide at what point do you move on. This is something that every architect struggles with, and we are no different. This week we struggled a lot with finalizing a design, iterations brought new and exciting ideas but also created more [...]

It has been a busy week for the Community Build studio here at the Cigar Factory! We are working tirelessly to provide various concepts for our presentation next Monday at Frierson Elementary. After our studio wide check-in last Monday, my team and I working on the small group design discussed further the elements and ideas [...]

Getting [the] Good [kind of] Feedback

Yesterday we met with the city and the Charleston Parks Conservancy to get some preliminary feedback on our small group designs. We got some great feedback from them on big picture items such as potential site placement and structure. On Monday, September 27th, we will be attending the Ardmore-Sherwood Forrest neighborhood Association to introduce the project [...]

Moving and Grooving

A few of us got our hands dirty on-site during studio on Wednesday and the rest of the crew stayed back to keep working on the roof design. The roof design is wrapping up and is looking great. A couple of us will be heading out to the site again tomorrow to finish up cleaning [...]

Finishing The Foundation

Hey Guys, As we begin to wrap up our semester we would like to thank all of you for following the development of our community build project this far. Yesterday we began to take off the formwork of the concrete that was poured last Friday. I can definitely say it pleased us to finally see [...]