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Coming down to the wire!

Not sure how that phrase was started, but the end is near for this semester. It has flown by! I have learned so much and have been challenged in a very wonderful way. Taking on Loray Mills
is quite a challenge in some ways, but we are getting better at handling the expectations and deadlines. Not always easy for sure, but we are getting through it. You always want more time or just another tweak or two…but I am learning to prioritize project deadlines and get it done. I pretend it is a bonafide client with a level of excitement about what I have to share with them and that motivates me to get moving! Looking forward to our group crits and our presentations next Tuesday…I cannot wait! Now to get it all together!!

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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Studio 302 Jo Leimenstoll

 

Carto DB is pretty cool.

So, I remembered to look into Carto DB for mapping Loray Mill Houses into a visual database and I am a fan! This program must be the same one that are used to make the beautiful maps of cities around the world with colorful graphics. Here is my upload to Carto DB with the excel file that Cat posted for us. It was a little intimidating at first, but now I know how EASY it can be to use this program. Awesome!

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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Studio 302 Jo Leimenstoll

 

Tight Lines Design, Raleigh

David Mauer’s design firm Tight Lines Design is very inspiring. Listening to him describe the transformation in the Cooke Street neighborhood and the positive energy that is creating real
community in the area was inspirational. If it can happen there it can happen anywhere, right? The ingredients for the transformation included a shared greenway, front porches, differing designs and finishes and a back yard space that is open instead of sectioned off and fenced. The “eyes on the street” model helps keep suspicious activity to a minimus and the neighbors are
looking out for one another instead of looking the other way. They are invested in keeping the neighborhood safe, and continually weaving the connections to a stronger community.

Thank You David! http://cookestreetcarnival.com/
http://tightlinesdesigns.com/community/cooke-street
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Loray Mills Plan Review with David Mauer and Tom Berry

Lucky Us! David Mauer of Tight Lines Design and Tom Berry from the School of Design at NC State joined us to share their insights on the foundations of our plans for the Loray Mill Village Houses. We broke into groups by house type and each presented our ideas, narratives, materials and challenges. Their responses were measured and thoughtful. I was losing sight of the purpose of moving into a smaller home and had extended the walls to provide more space. The beauty of designing within the perimeter of the original footprint of the house made it seem more honest in how I would approach the creation of spaces for my clients. These are not luxurious, sprawling McMansions but a strong little village that housed strong folks a long time ago. I feel a need to keep that purity in some way. Colors in cream, gray and light tans along with worn metal finishes and cozy elements like a strong leather chair seems right to me. Not too much.

I really hope that our guests can return for our final presentation. I appreciate the time they took to share their thoughts and will think about what they shared to see how my design changes will be incorporated into the final design.

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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Studio 302 Jo Leimenstoll