Studio H students complete the installation of two designs, which contribute to a more networked economy for Bertie County’s small-scale farmers.
Thirteen students from Studio H, the public high school “design/build” curriculum that sparks rural community development through real-world creative projects, have designed and installed two roadside farmstands in Bertie County, North Carolina. These will contribute to a more networked economy for the county’s small-scale farmers, while also serving as community bulletin boards and iconic landmarks.
The boys team (a.k.a. “Team Genie”) created a design inspired by the motion of a magic carpet, with a profile constructed using a series of five ribs, individually fabricated using two layers of jigsaw-cut wood segments and steel spans. They added a sturdy built-in countertop, which is shaded by the cantilever of the profile bays.
The girls team (a.k.a. “Team Quad-X”) chose to break down the farmstand into small-scale modules that could be assembled easily. Their design consists of two sidewalls made up of smaller boxes that let in light and ventilation, and a simple back wall and roof. The boxes also serve as storage units for vegetables and as modules for the built-in counter.