Charleston Architecture

Idea Generation

What is this project about?

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My project is about recreating and understanding the variety of architecture in Charleston. From the history of where the architecture originated, to who brought it to Charleston, I want to mimic the beautiful and common style found.

What do you want to get out of this project?


I want to gain a better understanding of a city I leave near and love, and learn how to recreate the styles that I admire every time I visit.

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Guiding Question

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What defines Charleston architecture, and how can the style be recreated?


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What will it take for you to complete this project?

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Work Product Deliverables

Work Product due
January 29, 2021

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Work Product


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What are some of the most interesting discoveries you've made working on this project?


I didn't realize that Charleston was such an amalgam of styles and time periods, and it was so strange having a name for the different details that I see so often when I visit the city. I also just really like the style of the Single House (which is why that's what I focused on building and representing), and honestly I would consider that style a dream style.

What extra resources would be helpful for this project in the future?


I would have liked to be able to find more single house blueprints, and although I was able to find a couple as layout guides, ultimately I could have used a variety of different sources as guides for how I ended up laying out the home. For non-covid times, it would have been cool to actually tour some of the really old historic single houses, and see for myself how they were laid out and decorated.

šŸŒ¹ What did you enjoy most about this project? šŸ„€ What didn't go well in this project? šŸŒ± What will you do differently next time?


I really enjoyed designing the house and interior, and making something beautiful and reflective of my favorite style to be surrounded by. I love old fashioned building styles, and recreating one of them was a lot of fun.


Finding examples of single house layouts, and then taking the screenshots to show off the build. The software I initially used malfunctioned, and it took much too long to fix. Additionally, I should have started building the actual house earlier, as without a tangible prototype to reference and direct my research at, the information I found was a bit generalized, and it was only as I was building that I was able to more pointedly research what was necessary to the project.


I don't think the idea of "research less first, and learn as information becomes necessary" applies to everything, but it's definitely a perspective I will take into account with projects that have an over-arching product, and the idea of doing more focused research alongside the 'construction' of the finished product is also appealing. It's a matter of balancing preparation and need.


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