Concrete Paths are Hard

Before we could actually pour the concrete pads and path for the bridge, we had to dig out the earth for it. After a long day of shovelling dirt, dirt, and more dirt for the concrete pads that would be at the small bridge and one side of the main bridge, we decided that borrowing [...]

One Step At A Time

The team spent the last two days on a footbridge that will be used to cross the drainage ditch on the north end of our site. Solving this issue was the last piece needed to connect Mulberry Street and the surrounding neighborhood to the West Ashley Bikeway! Much like our larger bridge, we wanted to [...]

Saturdays Are For Sitework

Our first Saturday workday is officially in the books! We headed out to site at 8am in hopes of waking up before the bugs, but no such luck. We split into two teams – girls on landscape cleanup and boys on foundation layout. Nothing like a little friendly competition to get the job done. Now [...]

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 [...]

Full Steam Ahead!

Studio today represented a pivotal point in the design process for the West Crossing at Mulberry Pond! Over the weekend we were each assigned a detail to begin working through and showed up to class today ready to begin piecing them together. This step in particular has been an important lesson in communication, collaboration, and [...]

On the Seventh day, they rested

After a successful meeting with the Charleston Parks Conservancy, we were blessed with a Thursday off. In preparation for our meeting with the Structural Engineer on Monday, we have listed out a series of tasks to complete over the weekend, ranging from creating construction documentation templates to researching codes that relate to our project. As [...]

It’s Draw Bridge Time

As magical, fun, and woefully useless as a Mulberry Pond drawbridge would be, it is not the kind of bridge we are proposing. Maybe after we build a castle and find some not-too-friendly alegators to defend it we'll revisit the drawbridge idea, but for now the bridge and pavilion we are proposing is much more [...]

Moving Forward

Friday was a very fun and collaborative day in studio! We pulled our chairs together around the pin-up wall and monitor to share our design iterations that we created in small groups over the week. The great thing about splitting into groups at this point in the semester is that we all created designs that [...]

Phase I: Complete

As a quick recap, Wednesday evening was our community dialogue alongside the Charleston Park’s Conservancy. In small groups, we ran through several potential site options with members of the community. We openly discussed the pros and cons of each and made sure to listen carefully to the insight and requests from those who live there. [...]

That’s a Wrap (almost)!

Today we spent most of our studio time on zoom working out the kinks in our community meeting presentation with the Charleston Parks Conservancy this Wednesday. The first half of class was dedicated to figuring out how we wanted to run the meeting and how we were going to do this smoothly with a potentially [...]