Several months back, in early May, I visited the Rural Studio for their end-of-term closing ceremonies and pig roast.
A program of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, the Rural Studio is embedded in rural Hale County, Alabama. Throughout Hale County, the Rural Studio puts architecture students to work designing and building creative, low-cost, high-quality solutions to the needs of rural communities. Auburn/Rural Studio alumni Jessie and Britton led us on an amazing three-day tour of this special place.
We also saw many previously completed projects: the Perry Lakes Bridge, Bathrooms, Pavilion, and Tower; the Lions Park Baseball Fields and Gates, the Newbern Fire Station, Amphitheatre, Subrosa, the Pods at Morrisette, the Thomaston Farmer’s Market, and the HERO Children’s Center.
Although our goal on the last day was to go swimming at Perry Lakes, we were thwarted and chased through the woods by a massive thunderstorm that was sending branches, bolts of lightning, and entire trees crashing down upon us. After we took shelter and the storm had cleared, we found trees down and power out throughout the area; Jessie and I nearly ran out of gasoline before finding a gas station with a generator to run the pumps.