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School: Bertie Early College High School

City/State: Bertie County, NC

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Format(s): Architecture

Subject(s): Mathematics, Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Following the opening of the Windsor Farmers Market, the next class of 27 high school students wanted to build off of its success. Because Bertie County is sparsely populated with small towns located up to an hour from the county seat of Windsor, students wanted to install 100-square-foot farm stands for pop-up sales of fruits and vegetables. Located in and around the small town centers, the gray and green color scheme and iconic forms also became visual markers for the community.

Studio H is an in-school design/build class for 6th-12th-grade students. First launched in Bertie County, NC and now based at Realm Charter School in Berkeley, CA, Studio H students apply their core subject learning to design and build audacious and socially transformative projects. Students of Studio H have previously dreamed up, designed, and constructed a 2000-square-foot farmers market pavilion, their own school library, a pop-up park, laser-etched skateboards, sculptural concrete public furniture, roadside farm stands, tiny homes, and more. Through experimentation, non-stop production, tinkering, and a lot of dirt under their fingernails, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities.The work of Studio H is the subject of the full-length documentary If You Build It.

Project H uses the power of creativity, design, and hands-on building to amplify the raw brilliance of youth, transform communities, and improve K-12 public education from within. Programs teach rigorous design iteration, tinkering, applied arts and sciences, and vocational building skills to give young people the creative, technical, and leadership tools necessary to make positive, long-lasting change in their lives and their communities.


How This Project Can Be Useful

  • This project is beautifully crafted in conception and execution. Students took an existing project and built on existing success with community-based architecture.
  • This is a wonderful example of students contributing valuable work with an incredibly beautiful aesthetic in service of an authentic audience.
  • This complex project empowers students to use math, engineering, and architectural design to create a useful, practical product.

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