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 [...]

Paint and Production

Good Morning! This week, we have been hard at work finishing details and beginning production! Steel is being cut and prepped for welding and will soon be sent off to paint. Autumn and I were given the task of building some drying racks for the metal to be placed on once painted, and we spent [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Slicin’ n Dicin’

Monday’s studio time was dedicated to assembling and finalizing our boards for Wednesday’s presentation at Frierson Elementary. This presentation will be an opportunity for the team to show Frierson all of the research and precedent studies we have done over the past couple of weeks. We want to be able to show and prove that [...]

Meet the Team!

Now that “Spring Cleaning” is underway and nearing completion, we will soon jump into research and designing the next Community Build Project. Before we get too deep into the semester, let’s take a moment to meet the team! Gauge Bethea Where are you from: Sumter, SC Year Level: MARCH II Hobbies: Taking long drives, kayaking, [...]

Here’s to New Beginnings!

The new year has officially begun at the Clemson Design Center and thirteen new students in the Community-Build Studio are off to an exciting start. A few students are past participants of the Community-Build Studio, but there are a few newcomers on the team as well. We kicked off the week with orientation last Tuesday [...]