Greetings from in situ studio!
Big news this month: we have a summer intern! Read below to learn about the newest member of our studio.
We will be working hard this summer updating our website, so we will be issuing shorter summer editions of our newsletters in June and July. Please stop by our office at any time to say hello, and keep up with our projects and goings-on via our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed.
Thanks for your continuing support, and have a good summer!
Our First Summer InternThis is Jeremy Leonard's first week at in situ studio! He will be helping us this summer with revamping our graphics, building models, and offering roaming support on our projects. Read Jeremy's bio here. We are thrilled to have him join the team!
Project UpdatesWe have recently had two opportunities to visit Aurora, NC, home of the Aurora Fossil Museum. We were invited down east for two very different purposes. First, we have started working on the relocation and renovation of an old farm house and tobacco barn. We plan on moving the old house nearly five miles and adjoining it via a large screened porch and dock to an existing tobacco barn turned living space. Second, we have been working with members of the museum board, town officials, planners, and various community leaders to imagine the future of the town as an educational center for fossils and history, and as a recreational base of operation for bikers, kayakers, fishermen, and other enthusiasts. Our most recent trip even involved a helicopter tour of the area. Aurora has huge potential!
The plant sale shade structure at the North Carolina Botanical Garden is nearly complete! All that remains to create a shaded spot for plant display are the roof slats. Thanks to Jim Ward and the rest of the garden staff for their hard work in assembling the design! We are honored to have been asked to add this small but useful contribution to such an important North Carolina cultural and educational site.
Speaking of small projects, we are very excited to have recently been selected by North Carolina State University as a member of the seven-member, open-ended design contract list. This selection means that we will be on call to assist the university in completing renovation projects that are of a scope limited enough to not require a public RFQ process. We can't wait to learn what our first project will be!
Book of the MonthDelirious New York by Rem Koolhaas is an iconic manifesto about the chance dialogue between architecture and culture. Written by Koolhaas in 1978 while he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, the book examines the evolution of the urban form of Manhattan and the commentary this provides on American Capitalism. If you are a fan of New York City, a student of the history of urban design in the United States, or just enjoy humorous and critical cultural commentary, you will love this book and its numerous illustrations!
Working In Our CommunityMatt, Erin, and Nicole took a roadtrip to Washington DC for the AIA National Convention. We had a great time reconnecting with colleagues and mentors, making new connections, exploring the many museums, and walking the city! On the way out of town we stopped in Hollin Hills, a post WWII planned neighborhood development of modern architecture that offers a refreshing counterpoint to current suburban development.
As the school year came to an end, we were involved with helping many students of architecture. Matt and Erin visited Ravenscroft School to help students design competition boards and revise their entries for theArchitecture for Humanity competition [un] restricted access. Matt was a guest critic for final reviews atAppalachian State University and UT Austin. While in Boone, Matt was able to tour ASU's recent Solar Decathalon entry, the Solar Homestead. And, Matt's studio, co-taught with Don Kranbuehl of PBC+L, wrapped up with a successful final review. They will be mounting a show later this summer in the College of Designmain gallery.
Habitat ReStore of Wake County, Architecture for Humanity Raleigh, and Triangle AIA Young Architects Forumare hosting the ReSpace Competition asking for designs of small spaces made of reused materials. We support the mission of this competition and encourage you to spread the world! Learn more about the competition here.
Finally, we hope to see you June 6 from 6-8:30pm at the AIA Center for Architecture and Design when we host the international architectural photography exhibit Modernism at Risk, sponsored by TMH. This will be an amazing event!
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