Category Archives: Outdoors / Landscapes

Exploris Design-Build “Exploration” #2

Here we are a year later teaching another school “exploration” at Exploris Elementary School. After building models and working with plaster for a few weeks we took our class outside and built a sculpture in the school yard. We assembled a … Continue reading

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Design-Build “Exploration”

This spring I taught a design-build short course, called an “Exploration”, at Exploris Elementary for 4th and 5th graders. We learned the basics of working with wood, steel, and concrete, how to make scale models, and then build full-scale. Because we … Continue reading

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Hanging Rock State Park

In late March we visited Hanging Rock State Park for the first time. It’s located North of Winston Salem in the most easterly mountains in North Carolina, the Sauratowns. There are some good day hiking trails, including the path to Hanging Rock, waterfalls, as … Continue reading

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Silver Springs, Florida

The original tourist attraction in Florida was Silver Springs. Boasting one of the world’s largest freshwater aquifers, Silver Springs was a tourist attraction from back in the mid 1800’s. In the 1870’s the park started offering glass-bottomed boat tours, which allowed occupants … Continue reading

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Florida Southern College Campus

Frank Lloyd Wright called the Florida Southern campus “Child of the Sun”, and designed what he said was one of the first true American campuses, more specifically, one for the orange grove country of Florida. Located in Lakeland, the campus has the … Continue reading

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Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

The Pearl Fryar Topiary Gardens are located in Bishopville, SC, and include the yard around Pearl’s house along with the adjacent lot. Before he bought the land it was a cornfield, and he started all the planting that is now maturing on the … Continue reading

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Architect George Milton Small’s Office Building

This building has been home to a few different businesses over the years, but was originally the architectural office of George Milton Small, who designed it and worked in it for many years. Located on Brooks Avenue on a small … Continue reading

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