FLY OVER

A fly over done by Julian Parkinson. Dynamic landscape, dynamic build. Thanks Julian.

WRAPPING UP

The site has been cleaned of all debris, organized and re-organized. We are ready to turn the page in the Coastal Studio notebook. Until next year. 

WALLS, WALLS, WALLS

Coastal Studio is excited to reveal our concrete walls that will begin to shape the Highlands National Park Gridshell. This phase of the project was a labour of love, executed by approximately 40 students across North America! Stay tuned in the coming months to see how the gridshell laths anchor to these perimeter walls and begin to take form. 

Photos by: Sarah Dede + Dr. Johanna Amos

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN M1 STUDENT!

Want to know what it is like being a part of Coastal Studio? Well, follow Tom around the Highlands National Park building site to learn more!

Joining our Freelab?

Are you a Dalhousie M1 or B3 student joining our freelab? Well here is a glimpse of what an average day may look like, getting your hands dirty while enjoying the outdoors! 

Two Week Freelab Overview: 

Students will be fully immersed in the beautiful Highland National Park, as they will be living and working outdoors. During the day students will be partnering with the M1 class to work on the gridshell structure. Tasks include but are not limited to, gabions, concrete walls, lath work, and furniture design. During the evening and on days off students can enjoy team dinners, take in a late-night swim at the beach or fallen quarry, or gather for a campfire under the stars.

Ready For Concrete Walls NEXT Wednesday!

Students have constructed formwork for the perimeter walls of the Highlands National Park Gridshell and are ready to pour concrete next Wednesday. Right in time for freelab students to join the team and lend a helping hand! 

Photos: Alexandre Morier 

1:4 MOCK UP ON SITE

Students have been diligently constructing a 1:4 structural mock up on site in the Highlands National Park. This model will help them explore the wall to shell connection as well as the overall gridshell massing. 

left photo: Philippa Ovonji Odida -- right photo: Josh Nieves

CONCRETE POUR COMMENCES

The concrete truck has arrived on site and the pour is underway for both the Highlands Gridshell foundation and the 1:4 mock up. 

Photos by: Philippa Ovonjiodida 

HANDS ON Exhibition

Our footage is now being played in Vienna at the 'HANDS ON enhancing architectural education' conference. Architecture Schools from around the globe will be displaying their students design-build projects as part of the exhibition. All thanks to the Vienna University of Technology!

 

 

A WARM HALIFAX WELCOME TO OUR AMERICAN COLLEAGUES!

First collective meeting of the summer held at the Dalhousie School of Architecture! Feel free to share, like, and post these photos using the hashtag #dalcoastalstudio. 

 

Photos: Julian Parkinson 

LEARNING A THING OR TWO ABOUT FORM WORK

Dalhousie students diligently setting up form work and rebar on site in preparation for concrete at our Highlands Gridshell! 

Photos by: Alexandre Morier 

CONCRETE TESTING

Practice makes perfect - testing to find the very best concrete for our Highlands Gridshell Project! 

Photos by: Alexandre Morier 

Benefits of Design Build in Architectural Education

This post seeks to highlight what Coastal Studio considers the three major benefits of Design Build in Architectural Education.

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The first major benefit of student led design build is this idea of collaboration, in its all encompassing sense. For most students entering a design-build studio, it will be the first time they work with clients, communicate with contacted trades, and really interject their designs into fairly close nit communities. Additionally, this experience allows them to collaborate with the everyday pedestrian. Understanding the strengths gained from this multi-disciplinary approach of working is essential for young architects who strive to create thoughtful and contextualized architecture. 

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The second major benefit can be described under this notion of flexibility. Design build highlights problem solving to the extreme. In architecture school traditionally students work on projects that are never realized, while in a design build studio they are forced by real constraints. This prepares students for a vastly more practical understanding of the real working world.

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Finally, the last benefit we (Coastal Studio) want to highlight is this idea of the tactile learning experience. Having the ability to not only pick and choose a material palette, but going out, sourcing materials, working with them, and truly understanding the limits of material expression and application. As a research unit we feel this is a rare but invaluable skill that all designers, and makers alike should understand and celebrate.

Of course, the list goes on but the aforementioned benefits may give you a glimpse into why design build education matters in todays architectural discourse! 

[ Graduate Research Assistants learning the ins and outs of surveying! Photo by: Julian Parkinson ]

[ Graduate Research Assistants learning the ins and outs of surveying! Photo by: Julian Parkinson ]

M1 STUDIO TERM BEGINS!

First meeting of the summer at our research headquarters: 

Photos by: Julian Parkinson 

Site Visit

Although the weather wasn't great, we got to take a visit to site and check out our berm fill. This pile looked a lot smaller in Rhino...