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, [...]

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 [...]

Phase 2: The Design

Good morning, Today begins the first day of phase 2 on the Frierson Elementary Pavilion. We’ve spent the last week and a half in research mode focusing on site analysis, demographics, the history of Montessori education, and precedent studies. All of which are pertinent to creating an outdoor classroom that fits the needs of the [...]

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 [...]

Trellis(h) in the moment.

On a crisp and cool Sunday morning you can't beat sipping a cappuccino while looking for inspiration at the Magnolia Community Garden. Today's featured image is a vegetable trellis structure for growing - I decided to snap a photo for future reference in studio. This past week my studio partner, Caleb, and I have explored [...]

Urban Garden Party!

Yesterday was a fantastic day for our client! Greenheart hosted a successful fundraiser on the future site of the Enston Home Community Garden. The "Urban Garden Party" was set up with four main stations. These stations were meant to give an idea of the type of activities/processes that will be in the future garden. Investors, [...]

The End Is Almost Here

Today is a big day. Today is the day the final major elements get completed. This week has been critical, as people have been working hard to get all elements left prepped and in place. Originally, Thursday the 25th was set to be the "shovels down" day. Unfortunately, that did not happen. As we have [...]