Archive for the ‘Berkeley (REALM), Fall 2012’ Category

Let’s build! REALM outdoor flex space

October 11th, 2012

Yesterday, three shipping containers arrived on the REALM high school site, steps from the door of Studio H’s woodshop. These three containers will be the structural armature for an outdoor flex space our fifth/sixth period students are designing and building. As a program, Studio H responds to the social and economic context of our community, and as a group, we decided that our first responsibility is to our school community. Because of constrained facilities in our new high school location, there is a great need


Cardboard units become architecture

October 11th, 2012
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A few weeks ago, our fifth period class started a project called “Unit(ed) We Stand,” in which students designed a small-scale cardboard building unit in two dimensions, which could be put together to create a 3-d enclosure. Students learned how to use the laser cutter and Adobe Illustrator to draft and cut hundreds of the units, then prototyped a structure made from them. Then we took it to full scale, cutting hundreds more of the units at a larger size, by hand (no laser cutter


Laser-cut 6-word manifestos

September 25th, 2012
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In collaboration with Ms. Wu’s 10th grade English class, we did a quick cross-disciplinary project in which students wrote six-word manifestos for their life, and then used Adobe Illustrator and the laser cutter to produce a poster. For back to school night, all 100 posters were put up on the main wall in the high school woodshop building. The manifestos were developed through a writing exercise in Ms. Wu’s class, and then the design and production skills developed within Studio H. Each student wrote an


Unit(ed) we stand: Units, modules, and space

September 12th, 2012
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In our year-long Studio H (advanced) course, we have begun the year by looking at an individual 2-dimensional unit and how it can be aggregated into a 3-dimensional space. Starting small-scale, we designed the units themselves, tessellating them graphically so that they could easily be produced on the laser cutter. Once each group of five students had a designed 2-d unit, we produced 100 of them to begin building. At a 2×2″ scale, the pieces are at about 1/6 the size of the final product:


Record: Make your own sketchbook

September 12th, 2012
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To kick off our semester-long Studio H (basic) course, which we teach first and second period to a total of 50 REALM sophomores, we went back to basics: the sketchbook. The sketchbook is an essential tool and document for designers, architects, artists, and creative professionals. It is both a tool for studying and understanding the world, catalog ideas, and coming back to them days, weeks, and years down the road. It is both a record (noun), and a tool to record (verb). In order to


Studio H starts the school year at REALM!

September 5th, 2012
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Earlier this year, we announced our bittersweet departure from Bertie County, and this summer relocated Studio H to an amazing charter school in Berkeley, California. REALM (Revolutionary Education And Learning Movement) is a free public charter school (middle and high school) in West Berkeley, in its second year of operations. We joined the school because of its revolutionary spirit, dedication to educating the whole child, and gritty implementation of project-based learning. We arrived in early June and built out our shop/studio space. While space is


From Bertie to Berkeley: The next generation of Studio H

June 4th, 2012

04 June 2012 Dear friends and supporters, After three years of living, teaching, and building in rural Bertie County in eastern North Carolina, Project H will be moving the headquarters of our Studio H high school design/build program to REALM Charter School in Berkeley, California this summer. This decision comes after months of deliberation, planning, and negotiation; please read on for the whole story of both our departure from Bertie and launch at REALM (apologies for our lengthiness: we wanted to be thorough in the



Studio H is a public high school "design/build" curriculum that sparks rural community development through real-world, creative projects. By learning through a design sensibility, applied core subjects, and "dirt-under-your-fingernails" construction skills, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities.


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