Rural Studio welcomed its newest group of 3rd-year students to Newbern last week! Many precautions are being taken and there have been several rounds of testing to ensure a healthy and happy start to the new semester. This group will continue construction on 20K Ophelia’s Home. They are eager to begin and are diving into the process and planning of construction. The students are excited to keep up the great work the past cohorts completed. They are also looking forward to adding their own stamp to Ophelia’s home.
3rd-Year Who’s Who
An Introduction with their hometowns, favorite activities, quotes, and 3rd-year superlative.
“Most likely to make a Tiktok“ Ashley Wilson Wetumpka, AL Likes to play guitar and Animal Crossing “Bruh.”
“Best mustache at Rural Studio” (self-proclaimed) Austin Black Birmingham, AL Likes to cook and listen to podcasts “…”
“Most likely to clean in her spare time“ Drew Haley Smith Auburn, AL Likes to knit, sew, and play the piano “Hello, hello! :)”
“Most likely to fix the plotter“ James Foo Marietta, GA Likes to play video games “Greeaaattt”
“Most likely to be a ninja“ Juyeon Han Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea / Montgomery, AL, USA Likes to bead rings and take photographs “So sad”
“Most likely to be running late“ Kirby Spraggins Southlake, TX Likes to run and play the guitar “I feel like Bob the Builder.”
“Most likely to make a reference to The Office” Logan Lee Decatur, AL Likes to hike, eno, and do anything outside “I miss my dog.”
“Most likely to lock the doors“ Wendy Webb Hazel Green, AL Likes to watch reruns of Dawson’s Creek on Netflix “*groaning noises*”
“Most likely to go home on the weekends“ Sadie McIntyre Rogersville, AL Likes to watch Netflix “That’s a future Sadie problem.”
These two have quickly captured the hearts of the third-year group!
Most likely to sit for a pretzel Roscoe Newbern, Al Likes to roam around town and hang out with Brinda “Woof”
Most likely to steal items from the porch Brinda Newbern, Al Likes to chew bag chairs left on the porch “bark”
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With the decisions made in studio, the 3rd-Years have finally broken ground on Ophelia’s 20K Home! That first means putting up badder boards, and then again, and again, and again …and again. In total seven times. Hey they want to get it right!
With the exact points and measurement from the boards the team traced the plan of the foundation to the ground and measured where the footing would step. The students also said goodbye to a huge tree hanging over the buildable site, so here’s a quick thank you to the tree for it’s sacrifice. On Friday, the students had an online meeting with engineer Robert McGlohn for conformation and advice on of the proposed foundation changes and approval on the new porch detail.
Finally Tuesday was excavation day! The real fun began as the 3rd-Years got their shovels and cleaned up the hole for the foundation. The students then split into teams to create a quick process for creating the formwork for their concrete pour. Other students also worked on bracing the formwork, laying rebar, adjusting the badder boards (yes, again), finishing construction documents, digging holes for pier foundations, and filling in the smelly pool that formed at the low corner of the foundation.
With the formwork made and the rebar laid, the 3rd-Years are ready to pour concrete.
October 9, Ophelia’s Home was decided! The last two product line homes the 3rd-year studio considered were Mac’s and Joanne’s and the cut was made after a final sprint of drawings and a group discussion Wednesday morning. The 3rd-year students will be building an iteration of Joanne’s home for their client Ophelia.
The very same day the students presented their plans to Ophelia and her family. Here’s to last minute decisions!
The 3rd-years set up their work on site, and Ophelia, her family, and Mrs. Patrick (last year’s 20K client and Ophelia’s neighbor) sat outside while the students presented Joanne’s Home and the specifics of how and why this home would be best for Ophelia.
The presentation included technical drawings but also a site model and with a version of Joanne’s that Ophelia could keep. The group then moved around the property to podiums of perspectives for the client to look and see the potential views of her new home from various vantage points.
The presentation to Ophelia concluded by walking through a one-to-one mock up of the new home where the students plan to build it, showing every rooms and the views from every window.
The 3rd-years are so excited to have chosen a home for Ophelia and she is so happy with the one they chose! And on that note, both are ready to build! Stay tuned as the studio takes their design into the dirt.
These kids have been here for about month…and haven’t stopped sweating since. The 3rd-Year Studio is such a small, diverse group of students who work together in Red Barn and live together at the Morrisette campus. Throughout the semester, they create their own blended community — full of fresh baked pies and domino games — and work hard at becoming better architects while learning about the people and this place that’s their new, borrowed home.
Instead of the paper and pens of syllabus week, the 3rd-years had shovels, gloves, and paint brushes for what is called “neck-down” week. This first week, everybody participated in small jobs around our campus and became intimately familiar with existing Rural Studio projects.
And after neckdowns, the 3rd-years had their first assignment; the Sawhorse Race. The students split up into teams to design, build, and test a pair of sawhorses. They also measured their tool trailer in order to design an organized and efficient system for tool storage.
The students then participated in two lovely days of water coloring and charcoal sketching in the annual workshop taught by Frank Harmon and Dan Wheeler, learning to use drawing as a way of seeing.
This semester the 3rd-years are going to build a home for our neighbor Ophelia! What a privilege and honor! Ophelia currently lives in a site near two previous Rural Studio projects, and this past week the 3rd-years documented her current home and property extensively to try to understand the constraints and opportunities they may face during the project. The presentation team has interviewed Ophelia, getting to personally know the women that the students will design and build for.
The 3rd-years are also participating in Rural Studio’s first quilting elective! Local artist Aaron Head lead an indigo dyeing workshop using locally grown and found indigo, poke weed, and osage to hand dye natural fabric and wool… and themselves. They will use these materials throughout the semester to piece together a quilt that displays beautifully abstracted renderings of Ophelia’s current home.