Hey Folks! Happy New Year!
I have been on hiatus for a couple weeks working on plans for 2017. I promise I have big news to share next week.
In the meantime I wanted to share a new article written by Stephanie Hunt for Charleston Magazine. The article is titled: Room on the Peninsula and provides a very comprehensive look at Charleston's Hotel Debate. Read More
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
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
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
The City of Charleston recently published a report titled: “Revised B.A.R. Process for New Construction and Large Projects.” The report was prepared by DPZ Partners under the leadership of the famed urban planner Andrés Duany. I have reviewed the report and am excited about the potential changes. The report is 48 pages. That is 47 pages more than most people are willing to read. So I'm gonna do you a big one and boil it down to the 5 things you should know. Read More
Andrés Duany returned to Charleston last week. He was in town to present the DPZ report: Revised B.A.R. Process for New Construction and Large Projects
I was able to sit down with Andrés on Friday morning for a chat over breakfast. I wanted to hear some additional information on the report and insight on his thoughts for the future of Charleston.
Enjoy! Read More
Last week I witnessed one of the the most interesting and controversial developments I have seen in my 7 years practicing in the Holy City. That development was not the Sergeant Jasper, it was not the Horizon District, and it was not the Clemson Architecture Center. It was no building at all.
It was the arrival of the acclaimed planner and architect, Andres Duany. Read More