A Critical Analysis

- Urban Fabric Study -

Charleston, S.C.

The Fall 2015 studio had the opportunity to collaborate on a project for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. We partnered with the College of Architecture’s graduate studio on their fluic campus location at the CAC.C. Our semester was comprised of three major segments, executed across travel between Clemson and Charleston. The joint studio also participated in a parallel Seminar class, which provided a weekly opportunity to host visiting practitioners, scholars and lecturers on various topics of Urbanism and Medical Planning and Design. The first two segments, analysis and urban design, were done as a joint studio. In the final segment of the semester, the A+H studio designed the new hospital replacement, while the CAC.C studio focused on redevelopment strategies of the Doughty Corridor.

The analogy between the design of buildings and cities is one that architects have recognized throughout centuries of architectural history. This semester, we learned the parallels between cities and large buildings, health campuses and facilities --‐ between urban design, and the master planning and design of a healthcare district. In this first project, we will be examining the physical artifact of peninsular Charleston, SC and focus on a series of “tissue samples” within the peninsula city.


The first project of the semester provided an opportunity to examine and analysis the structure and fabric of peninsular Charleston, the medical district and its immediate environs. These studies graphically documented and analyzed the formal, structural, functional, typological, chronological and perceptual elements of each through a mapping study. This was to understand the issues and context of the MUSC/Roper medical district, and also provide site/context information for the conceptual design of a project within this district later this semester. The primary objective of the analysis was to learn closely by looking at urban fabric patterns specific and relevant to the districts in Charleston. Using street maps, historical maps, photographs and diagrams, we were able to translate our findings into a comprehensive presentation. (To download the full presentation, Click HERE)

Physical Feature | Navigation Analysis

Chronology Analysis

Typology | Demographic Analsyis

 Functional Zoning Analysis

CAC.C + A+H student analysis groups:

Chronology -  Matt Himler, Leah Bauch, Jonathan Jiang, Rachel Matthews

Functional Zoning - Allie Williams, Whitney Ranson, Max Lin, Sarah Wilson, Jessica Welch

Typology | Demographic - Emily McGowan, Justin Hamrick, Yingce Huang, James Zhao

Physical Features - Kindall Stephens, Devin Carlson, Austin Ferguson, Kenneth Dong, Yang Chai

Navagation - Chelsea Wagner, Beth Koeppel,  Jane Liu, Lindsey Hofstra,  Asma Sanaee

At the end of the semester, we comprehensively presented our semester’s work at LS3P in Charleston, and also to the Board of MUSC. Overall, this was a wonderful experience and a great way to collaborate and explore new ideas for the Medical District. 


A Comprehensive Look

- Fall 2015 Semester Work in Review -

To view the Urban Design Phase II of the project, Click: Total Health Environment

To view the Hospital Proposal Phase III of the project, Click: Building as Healing