Crunch Time

With final review right around the corner, we are pushing towards completion. This is not without hiccups. If you've been keeping up with the blog this far, you can notice we are researching several techniques that revolve around arch structures. Typically, we wouldn't design arches to build because this causes many issues; but because the [...]

We Are Back!

Well Folks, its that time again! The Community Build Studio is back in action for our next semester, Fall 2019. This semester we are working with The Green Heart Project here in Charleston! Our site will be on the William Enston Homes property owned by the Charleston Housing Authority. Green Heart has developed a master [...]

Almost Ready to Lift

Last night we moved all the rafters to the site and assembled our 48 FOOT beams that run down the center of the structure helping to support the roof and gutter. A couple of key deliveries came yesterday: Our GUTTER and the wire mesh for our vertical garden. Moving forward this week you will see [...]

Final Design in the Works

In studio V we are moving forward with a design for Corrine Jones Community Garden. This design will incorporate elements from a number of preliminary designs that our clients found to be of interest. This was a tough process at the start as the entire studio had individual designs and as designers each of us [...]

Model Building

This week we begin looking at a number of different design strategies in physical form as we will be fabricating models for our clients at the Corrine Jones Community Garden. The fabrication of our models is heavily influenced by the comments and critiques of our clients at previous reviews and meetings. These physical forms will [...]

The Team

We are all diligently working on our individual design options for this Friday's presentation. But let me ask you, are you tired of seeing images of trace paper with staged pens/pencils? Us too. So I want to take the opportunity this week to tell you a little bit more about us. In the haste of [...]

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 [...]

It’s Hammer Time!!

That's right!! Grab your pry bars, long handled sledges, steel toed boots, because it's demo time! Tomorrow, Studio V will be on site to demolish the existing pavilion to make room for our new design. In addition, we are going to be submitting our construction documents (CD) set for approval on Monday. Things are really [...]