Every Monday until August, first-year graduate students at the Yale School of Architecture will be blogging about their progress building an affordable, accessible owner-renter residence in New Haven. In this first installment, Matthew Zych reports on the rocky transition period between the selection of the winning student design and the start of construction.
The Yale Building Project, Week 1: Chaos and Trust Matthew Zych – May 4, 2009
No longer students yet not quite professionals, we are in a wonderfully chaotic middle zone between education and practice. Our class is responsible for the construction documents and permit sets to be submitted to the city zoning board and all shop drawings that will be used on the construction site. This presented the responsibility—a first for many of us—to resolve with complete certainty the grey areas of the building process we often try to ignore in school. (A vague response to questions about codes, building systems, and budget will not fly anymore.)