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2013 DesignBuild Studio Announced

Ten Week Summer Session 2013
May 28-Aug 2
Instructor: Luke W. Perry

The 2013 Summer DesignBuild Studio project will be the design and construction of a series of structures and spaces along the French Broad River in Asheville’s River Arts District.  The signature structure will be a new footbridge that will connect a series of existing and planned creative placemaking public spaces immediately adjacent to the river. This year’s project will be a part of a larger public participation planning effort to explore the future evolution of the River Arts District.  Nestled between Asheville’s most famous BBQ restaurant and 10 acres of yet to be determined riverfront land, as well as directly across the river from New Belgium’s soon to be constructed east coast brewery, participants will have the opportunity to develop a dynamic public project while engaging a diverse range of stakeholders, including residents, artists, business owners, and river lovers.

Visit the DesignBuild Studio website.
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Download the 2013 DesignBuild brochure.
Read some past press about the DesignBuild Studio.
2011 Studio Overview:

The inaugural Asheville Design-Build Studio was a tremendous success. The studio was blessed with five wonderful students from across the region who spent 10 weeks with us this summer.  They came from NC State, Appalachian State, and Virginia Tech, with range of majors, including Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Construction Management.  Through their tireless work, creative energy, and positive attitude, the project was completed on time and under budget, spending a total of $3,719 on materials! The students did an amazing job of continually coming to consensus, developing a drawing set that was successfully permitted by the city, and keeping it flexible enough to allow the design to evolved once construction actually started.  For the four weeks, the students worked in the Asheville Design Center’s downtown space, and then spent the last six weeks on site digging, cutting, sweating, swatting mosquitoes, discussing, creating, hammering, and learning.  On August 6, we had an amazing party to celebrate its completion and addition to the community.

The Burton Street Peace Gardens now has a 300 square foot pavilion to serve as a gathering space and teaching tool for the neighborhood and beyond.   Not only is it structurally sound, legal, and made of many salvaged and repurposed materials, but it is beautiful as well.  It is an interactive example of finding value in objects and spaces that would otherwise be wasted, including natural elements such as light and water.

We believe this is the start of something good in Asheville and beyond, and are already building on this summer’s experience to make next summer even better.  Please let us know if you are interested in helping us.

Thanks to everyone who pitched in and made the Design-Build Studio’s inaugural session a success!
Organizations: Individuals:
N.C. State College of Design,
School of Architecture
Appalachian State University,
Dept. of Technology and Environmental Design
Design Corps
Western North Carolina Green Building Council
City of Asheville
AIA Asheville, Eugene Britton, President
AB Tech, Heath Moody, Carpentry Instructor
Builder’s First Source
Home Source
Burton Street Community Association
Build it Naturally
River’s Bend Construction
The Market Place Restaurant
De Santana Stone Company
Dewayne Barton
Safi Mahaba
Natalie Pollard
Gabe Landes
Meredith Jurgensen
Edward Medlock
Daryl Rantis
William Langdon
Jane Mathews
Tony Beurskens
John Broadbooks
Tom Gallaher
Jeff “Monk” Glosup
Seth Hendler Voss
Megan Williams
Tia Simpson
 Student feedback:

Having that physical result at the end of the summer and celebrating it with members in the community evoked an amazing sense of accomplishment in me that I will definitely cherish in the years to come. — Jay Holt, NC State, Architecture

People with no design background are not limited by previously instilled ideas of what has been done or what the norm is to fix a certain issue. They think outside the box even more than designers do because they do not have these limitations. Community members have new enthusiam and appreciation that is so encouraging. Everyone has something to contribute and some knowledge that we can all learn from. In short, I learned that design should never be limited to designers. — Caitlin Edenfield, VA Tech, Landscape Architecture

I did not expect to learn so much so quickly — about construction, about how to foster community involvement and trust, about how to design with people from other disciplines as well as collaborating with people who are not in the design or construction disciplines, through exploring numbers of iterations through various hand-drawing strategies and exercises, and learning how to and building models to explore ideas. — Devika Elish, NC State, Landscape Architecture