We’re now in the home stretch! Students are vigorously working toward a quickly-approaching end of the semester. We have just about one week left. Everyone is pitching in to fine tune their drawings and produce a book that will explain the process of building cabinets for a Rural-Studio-built home.
The class has drastically changed over the last month: a woodshop class is now unable to actually work in the Studio’s shop. So, the class determined that next best thing to real fabrication is to build a virtual instruction guide that will help the future Rural Studio cabinet builders.
All the great work that was done prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic is now enabling everyone to work from their homes, whether they be in Alabama or even South Korea. Zoom video calls are amazing things! Students are working to create a book that includes in-depth drawings and instructions on how to build a set of cabinets. Stay safe and stay tuned for a more in-depth look into the final book!
Folks, it was one heck of a rainy week in Newbern! Though this slowed some of the progress of the floor framing in Ophelia’s Home, the 3rd-years did manage to get some work done on site before the big storms hit. They completed the fabrication and installation of both girders and the termite shield. Soon after the rain came, the site became a mud pit for the rest of the week which pushed the third years back into studio.
On the bright side, the newly installed drain for the foundation has proved to be worth the multitude of gravel-filled wheelbarrows as it was able to continuously drain the majority of the water that came flowing into the site!
Once indoors, construction documents were updated and the 3rd-years were able to get ahead on cleaning up other drawings, so they’ll have plenty of time to kick it into full gear on site once the rain quits. While not being able to work on site, the 3rd-years also began the process of determining the color of Ophelia’s Home. This was done by looking at the context of the surrounding landscape, and discussing how this can relate to the color.
Tune in next Monday folks, for another update on the 3rd-years tomfoolery! P.S. If somebody can get it to stop raining please do.
The new group of 3rd-years have arrived and hit the ground running (with maybe a stumble or two) as they begin the process of taking over Ophelia’s Home project and start to get acclimated in their new spot for the semester. Before discussing the details of their project, the students took a tour of several past Rural Studio projects to familiarize themselves with the town and other 20K Homes around Newbern. Once touring and neckdowns were completed, the initial goal for the newbies was to look through all the hard work last semester’s 3rd year group put in to creating the best version of Joanne’s home for Ophelia. One of the first steps was to understand the foundation and the reasoning behind some major decisions made in the design.
New kids on the block… Meet the 3rd-years!
Adam “Slow-Movin” Boutwell
From: Bay Minette, Alabama
Joke: Today my brother asked me, “Can I have a book mark?” We’ve been brothers for 21 years and he still does not know my name is Adam.
Hobby/Talent: Professional snapper
Yearbook Quote: “Mountains never meet, but people do.”
Alex “Old Soul” Harvill
From: Tampa, Florida
Joke: Some people think prison is one word… but to robbers it’s a sentence.
Hobby/Talent: Riff on the air guitar.
Yearbook Quote: “Surely you can’t be serious”
Daniel “Go-To Goatee” Burton:
From: Prattville, Alabama
Joke: My friend keeps saying, “Cheer up man, it could be worse, you could be stuck underground in a hole full of water.” I know he means well.
Hobby/Talent: Amateur chopstick craftsman
Yearbook Quote: “There’s a stack of freshly made waffles in the middle of the forest! Don’t you find that a wee bit suspicious?”
Elizabeth “Parking Services” Brandebourg
From: Auburn, Alabama
Joke: Two guys walk into a bar, but the third one ducks.
Hobby/Talent: Wildlife photography
Yearbook Quote: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
Elle “MNOP” Whitehurst
From: Peachtree City, Georgia
Joke: Ask for more info.
Hobby/Talent: Can talk with mouth closed
Yearbook Quote: “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley”
Hannah “Trevor” Moates
From: Ozark, Alabama
Joke: Did you hear about the new corduroy pillow? They are making headlines everywhere!
Hobby/Talent: The Auburn Eventing Team
Yearbook Quote: “Better is the enemy of good.”
Jackie “The Marine” Rosborough
From: Deerfield, Illinois
Joke: I’m addicted to brake fluid, but I can stop whenever I want.
Hobby/Talent: Making coffee. Try a pourover from me to decide if it’s a hobby or a talent.
Yearbook Quote: “My vibe is like, hey you could probably pour soup in my lap and I’ll apologize to you.”
Jasvandhan “Jay” Coimbatore Upendranath
From: Coimbatore Tamil Nadu, India
Joke: ur mom
Hobby/Talent: Binge watching
Yearbook Quote: “I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days, before you’ve actually left them.”
Jooyoung “Tree” Lim
From: South Korea
Joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9.
Yearbook Quote: “Your secrets are safe with me… I wasn’t even listening”
Lauren “Patio” Deck
From: Aurora, Illinois
Joke: Your workout routine
Hobby/Talent: Black belt taekwondo
Quote: “No pain, no gain.”
Luke “Shamus” Killough
From: Huntsville, Alabama
Joke: I’m in architecture for the money.
Hobby/Talent: Can shred on a kazoo
Yearbook Quote: “I have no idea what I’m doing, but I know I’m doing it really, really well.”
Shijin “Surgeon” Ding
From: Qingdao, China
Joke: At Disney I heard a mother talking to her son say, “We’re in the happiest place on earth. Don’t let me slap you.”
Hobby/Talent: Photoshop, InDesign, CAD, Sketchup
Yearbook Quote: “Your hair is winter fire, January embers. My heart burns there too.”
For the first week of studio a good ‘ol fashioned pull-planning session was held to create a rough to-do list in order to get the project done in time for Pig Roast. The studio was split into four teams that consisted of framing, enclosures, MEP, and interiors. Although there’s a lot to be done for the semester, this framework will allow the project to be completed smoothly with a competent team of 3rd years (good luck finding one!).
(Kidding, they’ve got this.)
The first few days on site were spent digging drainage trenches and preparing for floor framing which will occur next week. The first steps to the floor framing was to place the girder in order to secure the joists. Gravel was poured into the trenches which will surround the drainage tile that is to be put in place.
The Halloween Reviews week is here! This week for the big review, the 3rd-years presented their 20K design and research for 20K Ophelia’s Home. Much of the busy week was spent in preparation for the Thursday review and their group costume, the “Last Supper.”
The 3rd-years finished their final quilting blocks in the elective class just in time to be hung and presented alongside their initial renderings. Aaron Head (local artist) returned to lead a sticking workshop on Wednesday as the students begin the process of actually “quilting” the quilt top, batting, and bottom together. Those couple hours of stitching were so peaceful, a pleasant break from studio work.
As Halloween grew closer, the students rapidly worked to finalize plan details, construction documents, and presentation flow.
On that hallowed day, guest reviewers Marlon Blackwell, Mike Newman, and Katrina Van Valkenburgh, alongside Rural Studio faculty, probed the students about the decisions they made behind their work, gave insightful critiques, and encouraged the 3rd-years in their research to improve the design of 20K Ophelia’s Home. Overall the review was a success!
And the students did enjoy itself all the while! The reviews of the 5th-year and master’s students were extremely interesting and engaging (not typically a word used to describe review days) and it was great to see what the rest of Red Barn was up to. Tuesday was the annual community Pumpkin Carve with the Halloween celebrations and costume contest on Thursday. The disciples definitely enjoyed themselves.
Since it’s almost half way through the semester, its about time to meet this years fall semester 3rd-Year Studio! Instead of the usual Q&A post, the 3rd-years decided a quiz would be a more fitting way to get to know the crew. Take the quiz to find out which Rural Studio 3rd-year you are!
PS: Did you notice the Polaroids of the students? Taking Polaroid pictures of every studio is one of Rural Studio’s favorite traditions. Whenever a new group of students arrive, they are photographed, scanned in, and pinned up around Red Barn for everyone to see. Here’s a close up of the fall semester 3rd-years!