Glass Chapel in Mason’s Bend Trent Gilliss, Online Editor This is one of the signature public structures built under Sam Mockbee’s direction in 2000. The chapel was intended to serve as a community center for a bookmobile and traveling medical care, and a gathering space for prayer and fellowship. But now, I’m not so sure. The structure and its companion piece across the clay...
Welcome to Alabama
Mitch Hanley, Senior Producer We arrived in Greensboro on Tuesday afternoon and headed straight up to Antioch Baptist Church (see image below) to see if there was any information on services during the week. We were hoping to gather sound of the church’s congregation, perhaps speaking to members who had seen the previous incarnation. Cruising down the 1.5 lane highway at a healthy speed, we...
5ive House →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor While staying at the Muckle House in Greensboro, I’ve been able to talk to a pair of thoughtful young architects from Chicago who came down to work with Rural Studio on their own accord. They are committed to designing for community with “green” materials and practices. As we discussed the benefits and downside of LEED certification, I couldn’t...
Rural Studio →
The site for Auburn’s design/build program that we’re visiting in western Alabama. Provides ample scope of the projects and people involved in the program, and the man who started it all: Sambo.
Sustainability Efforts a Ruse?
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor David Buege, the interim director of Rural Studio while Andrew Freear is on sabbatical, questions the long-term effectiveness of green building and sustainability in general. He wonders whether LEED certification isn’t just another highly profitable add-on service that some architects exploit. Long-term, land-use planning, he says, should be at the forefront of...