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
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
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.
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
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!
"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
For this month's #ArchiTalks topic, Bob Borson of Life of an Architect asked us to write about Our First Project. Such a great topic. It's just ripe with possibility and can unveil so much about a person. But how does an architect qualify their first project? That could mean so many things. In this post I dig into that question and unveil a project that was a turning point in my career. A project that was many firsts for me. And I reveal how I have recently gone full circle.
Have you been hearing the term NIMBY used a lot lately? I just learned the term this year and I feel like I am hearing it every where now. You know the drill: "I don't have any problem with (fill in the blank), just not in my backyard." Charleston is experiencing unprecedented growth and as a result NIMBYism is spreading like the plague. And I think everyone has a little NIMBY in them. Don't believe me? I thought I'd have a little fun and help you determine if you might be a NIMBY.Read More