A collection of some of my favorite Charleston photos from the past few months. #dailydoseofcharlestonRead More
I recently had coffee with an architect that has had many roles. This guy has been in charge of the architecture of an entire city, has lead the office of a large architecture firm and is now venturing into entrepreneurship and starting his own small practice. That architect is Eddie Bello, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.
I am confident that you will enjoy this interview as it brings a ton of valuable lessons. Lessons for all different levels and types of Architects. Some of the great nuggets include:
tips on navigating the BAR
advice for architects who want to start their own practice
Eddie's secret design trick
photos of a building at Boeing that no one gets to see
the one lesson that all young architects and interns need
and a little story about Tom Petty and Keith Richards
Great weather, beaches, a beautiful historic city. These are just some of the things that draw people to Charleston and fuel the tourism industry. As a result, the demand for additional hotel rooms has grown at a pace that is uncomfortable for many. Mayor John Tecklenburg brought a bill before City Council on February 23rd that would initiate a moratorium on new hotel development on the Charleston Peninsula. The City Council tabled that bill for 90 days until a study of Charleston's hotel demand could be completed. While we wait for the report I have decided to dig into this hotel conundrum myself. Hotels causing traffic? Hotels being built too fast? I answer these questions and more in this article.Read More
The timing for this read could not be more perfect. In December, our former Mayor Joe Riley stepped down from leadership after 40 years as Charleston's Mayor. 40 years! That is crazy long.
The book hit the shelves in November so the ABC nation will be some of the first folks to read and pontificate on The Mayor.
In this blog I provide a brief review of The Mayor and share why it is a book I highly recommend. I also include a link to a special bonus podcast.Read More
Are you an architect or a real estate developer and you have a project in which the development potential is being limited by a parking deficit on your site? "If we could just fit 10 more cars this development would be much more valuable." You may be saying.
This parking dilemma is a regular occurrence with my job. And hey I get it. Parking? A blog about parking? Really?
It is not one of my favorite parts about being an architect but it is very valuable resource. If you can solve your client's parking demands you will bring a tremendous value.
In this blog I will share how architecture school didn't prepare me for parking design, the challenges of meeting your client's parking demands, and 5 tools for increasing your parking count.Read More
I had a lot of trouble finding the appropriate title for this article. It starts off with an embarrassing story about me getting my first denial at a City of Charleston's Board of Architectural Review (BAR) meeting.
That BAR denial was a tough night but I ended up learning some valuable lessons about public speaking. At the conclusion of this article you will find 7 helpful public speaking lessons I learned from my failed presentation. I am convinced that being good at public speaking is one of the most important traits for an architect. Especially for architects who design in urban settings.
Architecture is an act of will. It is not enough to just design good architecture. You have to will it to happen. And being able to present and sell your ideas is invaluable.
I hope you find this article useful!
What's the name of that bike you were wondering? That's the iconic Penny-farthing.
When I began BuildingsAreCool, one of my first blog posts was on The Spectator Hotel. In fact The Spectator has become a regular on the website. So it is only fitting that I wind down the year with one more post about my good friend.
In this article I share a recent award that the hotel received as well as showcase some of the professional photography of the hotel. I also end with a thanks and shout out to all of the awesome folks who have contributed to the success of The Spectator Hotel. In fact I reveal The Spectator's Secret Sauce!Read More
"The vernacular is what you do when you can't afford to get it wrong." That is a wonderful quote by architect Brian MacKay-Lyons. Long before the term sustainability was cool, people were building sustainably because it was just the way things were done.
This article is about a sustainable house that is one of the defining features of Charleston: The Charleston Single House. From this article you will learn 5 lessons taught to us by this simple building type.Read More
Charleston South Carolina is a beautiful place. Every day I discover something new and gain a greater appreciation for the Holy City. When I started BuildingsAreCool.com I also started photographing Charleston and posting to my Instagram feed under the hashtag DailyDoseOfCharleston. This blog is volume 2 of some of my favorite Daily Doses Of Charleston.Read More
Charleston's Board of Architectural Review (BAR) has jurisdiction over the exterior of the building as seen from the public right of way. The type of materials used to clad the exterior of a building have the most dramatic effect on a building's appearance and therefore are heavily critiqued by the BAR. The exterior materials can also have the most significant effect on a building's cost. Therefore the choice of materials is a very important decision.
This is the second blog in a series in which I will 'attempt' to explain some of the basic processes of the BAR. In this blog I will share the 5 things you need to know about building materials in regards to the BAR.