Today's post takes a look at Charleston's Transportation Crisis. Charleston's popularity has spurred increased tourism and population growth which has ultimately resulted in a symptom foreign to the genteel southerners: Road Rage. I share the story of my parent's who have taken this challenge head on and offer their trick for outmaneuvering the pack.Read More
Something big happened last week. At the November 21st Board of Architectural Review (BAR) meeting, the design for a new contemporary office building at 663 King Street received conceptual BAR approval. This is notable for two reasons: #1 - true contemporary architecture in Charleston is extremely rare and #2 - this was this project's third attempt at conceptual approval.
There are some that will consider this approval as a win. A sign of progress. I hope it is. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get over the time that this project lost during its journey. It seems like a perfect example of why there is not more contemporary architecture in Charleston. Contemporary architecture is challenging to fit into a traditional context, contemporary architecture is hard to evaluate, contemporary architecture can be scary to the layperson and these obstacles add up to a lot of risk. In this blog I review those obstacles that are preventing more contemporary architecture in Charleston.Read More
It is not always, "Go Big or Go Home." In regards to working within an architecture firm there are many benefits to working with a small group. My pal Daniel Beck from the Architect's Checklist has authored this guest blog that shares the Top 10 Reasons to Work in a Small Architecture Firm.Read More
Do you ever take stock of where you currently are and compare that to what you thought you would be doing right now? This blog is about reflection. When I finished architecture school I had two big expectations for my career: #1 I wanted to be a design architect and #2 I wanted to start my own architecture firm. Life rarely goes how we plan and my journey is no exception. In this blog I share my story, my dreams and how I have evolved over the last 10 years since graduating from the University of Maryland.Read More
Big night tonight folks! We will finally see the The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere!! In honor of my favorite show and with Halloween just around the corner I have decided to have a little fun and imagine that I am an architect during the Zombie Apocalypse. In this blog I share some of my favorite architecture from The Walking Dead and I highlight the types of design that will be desirable during the Zombie Apocalypse.Read More
However antiquated it may be, the art of taping windows prior to a storm is still alive and well in Charleston, South Carolina. In fact it is flourishing. I would guess about 1 in every 5 stores on King Street had some sort of tape job in place to protect against Hurricane Matthew. Although this strategy WILL NOT WORK, I enjoyed seeing the variety of tape jobs and have compiled a collection of my favorite photographs.Read More
Did you know that humans have been building with rammed earth for over 7 thousand years? Yet there are no rammed earth buildings in Charleston, South Carolina? Architect April Magill of Root Down Designs is changing that. April gave Danielle and I a tour of Charleston's first rammed earth house which is under construction: The Walters Residence on Johns Island. In this blog April shares a bunch of useful nuggets such as: how to convince a client to consider rammed earth, how much a rammed earth building costs, other sustainable strategies that are low-hanging fruit and we even discuss the late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard who said "God made dirt and dirt will bust your ass!"Read More
This is an interview with a very unique architect. This architect is pushing the limits on natural building in the South East. In this blog sustainability guru and architect April Magill shares some of the projects by her architecture firm: Root Down Designs. We focus on April's work at Root Down Designs and I ask April some of my favorite questions like: When did you first know you wanted to be an architect? What is your favorite thing about being an architect? And what advice do you have for aspiring architects?Read More
I just wanted to say thanks to all of the folks that checked on us during the Hurricane Matthew week. Thankfully the Ramos Clan is all good!Read More
Are you like me in that you find yourself constantly gazing up at the tops of buildings? You know..checking out the roof slope and admiring the cornice? No?.....Well at least humor me. In this blog I am focusing on the tops of buildings. I took a stroll down King Street in Charleston, South Carolina and have photographed some of my favorite cornices. Charleston's most famous street is home to some great architecture and I have noticed that the cornices are pretty fantastic.