Wow! What a day January the 3rd was in Charleston, South Carolina. The low-country saw it's 3rd highest snowfall in recorded history thanks to winter storm Grayson. A whopping 6"! The combination of the snow and folks being off from work resulted in pure hedonism. I did my best to capture as many photos as I could on my trusty iPhone. Here is a collection of some of my favorite photos of The Day it Snowed in Charleston. #charlestonsnowday2018
This article is part of a new series I am writing on Charleston's Transportation Crisis. In this series I hope to uncover various strategies to help alleviate Charleston's growing traffic challenges. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet and any approach must be multi-faceted. Our roads are important, but for us to see a major change then we need a paradigm shift: We need to create environments that do not rely on automobile traffic. And one way to do this is to focus growth around density. In this post I share how greater density could help mitigate our traffic challenges.
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
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
Have you been over to Half Mile North yet? This is a new Charleston neighborhood in the upper peninsula that is bounded by Brigade Street, Meeting Street and Morrison Drive and is a half mile north of the Ravenel Bridge. The Half Mile North neighborhood is about 2 years old and is home to several tech office buildings and a collection of awesome restaurants. It is quickly becoming a foodie paradise with the recent additions of Home Team BBQ, Lewis Barbecue and Butcher and Bee.
There are a lot of interesting things happening with the Half Mile North neighborhood in addition to the growing food and tech hub. For example: did you know that this area is also becoming a hub for modern architecture in Charleston? Or did you notice how each building has it's own slice of outdoor space?
In this post I share some of my photos and observations on why Half Mile North is one of the most unique developments in Charleston.Read More
It has been a view months since I last shared some of my Charleston Photos. Around the time I started writing for this website I also started actively sharing photos on Instagram. Whenever I share a picture of Charleston I include #DailyDoseofCharleston.
This is a great way to catalogue the great architecture and urbanism of The Holy City. I also keep my eye peeled for things that may appear a bit unusual as I try to find the beautify in everything.Read More