Doing More than Before

As we reflect on this past semester, we grappled with the disappointment of not being able to build this semester officially. We each had signed up for this class with the full expectations that no matter what, we would be able to see a built structure on a site in Charleston County. And while this [...]

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 [...]

Nearing the End

While we are definitely bummed about postponing building until the fall semester, we are excited that we can still show off part of our design with a full-scale mock-up! We've been busily priming and painting all of the steel members for the trellis assembly, which will be part of our mock-up. The yellow, blue, and [...]

Prep Work

As we continue to hone our skills in the shop, cutting, grinding, and welding, we are also continuing to do work else where. First off digitally.  We started doing our shop drawings the week before break and have been continually working on them. Refining them, adding changes, and stream lining them. This will ensure that [...]

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, [...]

The Studio that Never Sleeps

After a long week of finalizing our design it seemed that no one would ever come to a concrete decision that would be universally agreed upon. When that finally happened, it was well within the "final hour" to finish deliverables for our presentation to Frierson Elementary today. We all met up and acted as a [...]

Got Structure?

Today, each of the teams have been hard at work so that we will be ready to combine our ideas tomorrow into one cohesive design to present to the students and faculty at Frierson Elementary on Monday. As part of the structure team, we had the task of figuring out a roof design and column [...]

Next steps

After a successful small group design review on Monday at Frierson Elementary, we reconvened as a whole group to discuss the biggest takeaways from Monday’s review. We got some great feedback from the teachers and Nurse Nicole—even the kids had some ideas in their own designs that we hadn’t thought about, like soft comfortable seating. [...]

Laying Out our Layout

As we get into the design side, sometimes we can get stuck in the middle of the design and not see the bigger picture. We can get caught up in how the building looks and not how it functions. When this happens, the best thing for a group to do is to step back and [...]