Rural Studio #1
I just returned from a couple of days at Auburn University’s Rural Studio. For those of you with an architectural background and don’t know much about the program, I urge you to find out more. Some really great things are happening architecturally in the second year and thesis studios. The studio is set in Newbern, Alabama but the projects infiltrate surrounding rural areas (some so rural that the town they are built in is unknown). The poverty level of some of these areas is a reality check for those living in mainstream America. Students work with realistic solutions to sustain and improve people lives. Anyone socially or environmentally concerned will enjoy learning more as well.
Over the next few days (or weeks) I will post a series of projects and lectures that I attended. I found myself inspired by the work of the students as well as their involvement in the community and the lives of the clients that they are serving. Hopefully you will be be able to draw something from it as well.
the student living quarters:
“The mission of the Rural Studio is to enable each participating student to cross the threshold of misconceived opinions to create/design/build and to allow students to put their educational values to work as citizens of a community. The Rural Studio seeks solutions to the needs of the community within the community’s own context, not from outside it. Abstract ideas based upon knowledge and study are transformed into workable solutions forged by real human contact, personal realization, and a gained appreciation for the culture.”
+ flickr set
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