Back to School: The History of American Modern Architecture

The south side of the University of South Carolina's campus under construction in the early 1970s.

The south side of the University of South Carolina's campus under construction in the early 1970s.

I spent the spring semester taking an class on modern American architecture, specifically looking at the buildings on the south side of the University of South Carolina's campus. That section of campus is going to be redeveloped soon and this was our chance to document what's there before it changes completely.

Taking a class again was a fun experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it, even if I was the old guy in the class. Thanks to Dr. Brandt for the thought provoking discussion. I don't think I'll look at modern buildings in the same way again.

The class produced a book that includes the histories and architectural surveys we researched over the course of the semester. I designed the final book and am hosting a PDF copy of it here on Sketchbook B. My project involved the pedestrian bridge that connects the south side of campus with main campus. Despite having spent have my life around campus, I realized just how little I knew about that side of campus. 

I'm looking forward to taking some more classes. I'm teaching in the fall semester, but look to take another class in the spring.