Finalists Of The 2014 Innovation By Design Awards: Social Good 

Rural Studio 20K House Product Line is named a finalists for 2014 Innovation By Design Awards!!!


Fast Company Announces Finalists for 2014 Innovation By Design Awards

53 honorees include Disney, Google, Nike, The New York Times, Quirky

All are highlighted in Fast Company’s 11th annual design issue

Winners to be revealed on October 15th

New York, New York- September 8, 2014 - The finalists for Fast Company’s prestigious Innovation By Design Awards were announced today, live on All 53 finalists are highlighted in the October issue of the print magazine, which hits newsstands September 16. 

The Innovation by Design Awards, now in their third year, honor the most innovative and disruptive design solutions to today’s business problems.  This year’s judging panel, which was once again comprised of the world’s best design minds, selected the finalists from among 1,587 international submissions across ten categories. Honorees include big-name brands like Nike and Google, and design firms like fuseproject and Sagmeister & Walsh. 

The winners will be announced on October 15th at a celebration in New York, as part of Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Conference where design leaders from Nest, IDEO, Etsy, Cooper Hewitt and others will present. More information on the awards and conference can be found here.

Fast Company’s October issue celebrates over 165 ways that design is impacting business and culture, with special sections on how we Live (featuring Nest CEO Tony Fadell), Work (product company Quirky), Dress (online lingerie retailer True&Co.) Eat (plant protein company Beyond Meat), Experience (comedians and TV producing group Tim and Eric) and Stay Healthy (Reebok’s concussion alert for sports helmets).

About Fast Company:

Fast Company, named Magazine of the Year for 2014 by the American Society of Magazine Editors, is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Fast Company and inspire readers and users to think beyond traditional boundaries and create the future of business. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.

In traditional Rural Studio fashion, the semester begins with Neckdown week—five days of hard work where students are tasked not with design challenges but with physical labor, using those muscles located from the “neck down”. Neckdown gives the Studio a chance to accomplish an array of project maintenance and housekeeping tasks, and it gives new students a chance to meet and work with one another, creating battle stories along the way.

As luck would have it, this Neckdown took place during one of the hottest weeks of the year, but that didn’t stop us from accomplishing a great number of tasks at Morrisette House, the Newbern Library, Lions Park, and in downtown Newbern.

Here is a quick summary of our Neckdown accomplishments:

- Built 3 raised beds in the Garden

- Weeded, harvested, planted, and mulched Garden beds

- Continued construction work on the Greenhouse

- Built a new chicken coop

- Refurbished wooden floor boards for the Newbern Libarary

- Planted 19 crepe myrtles at the Newbern Library

- Weeded and mulched perennial gardens and watered trees in Lions Park

- Cleaned all Rural Studio properties

This week is the first week of studio. In our next post, we will introduce the new cast of characters.

Our 21st year has begun! Welcome new students to the Rural Studio family. It’s going to be another extraordinary year!!!

Last week we kicked off the new year with Convocation, project tours, and SEVEN project openings. Now, it’s Neckdown Week…Stay tuned!

Rural Studio had a big (and hot!) weekend celebrating the Grand Opening of the Greensboro Boys & Girls Club AND six 20K Houses for our neighbors Rose Lee, Jason, Idella, Michele, Bobby, and Sylvia.

Thank you to everyone who made it all possible - parents, students, teachers, administrators, donors, clients, local leaders, and neighbors. Your support makes these incredible projects possible! We are so proud of the work and dedication of these extraordinary students.

Check out their project blogs to learn more about how they made it happen. Greensboro Boys & Girls Club and the 20K Houses

World Photo Day: Tim Hursley by Andrew Freear of Rural Studio 

Thank you ArchDaily for honoring our incredible photographer Timothy Hursley for World Photo Day! 

"Tim Hursley’s photography has evolved with Rural Studio, and the studio’s work, as viewed by the world, has evolved through his lens. When Tim shows up in Newbern, he gently turns his visits into an event for us and our neighbors. With his big cameras, the longtime Arkansas resident captures our projects’ aims, the spirit of our community, and the atmosphere of Hale County. Tim takes great joy in the people and the way they inhabit and change the projects over the years." - Andrew Freear

The GRAND OPENING of the Greensboro Boys & Girls Club and tours of our new two-bedroom 20Ks will be held this Saturday, August 23. Come join us!

2:00PM | Meet at Morrisette House (Tour departs from Morrisette promptly at 2:10PM)

2:30PM | Tour Rose Lee & Jason’s 20K Houses

3:30PM | Tour 20K v.16 Idella’s House and 20K v.15 Michele’s House

4:20PM | Tour 20K v.14 Bobby’s House

5:10PM | Tour 20K v.13 Sylvia’s House

6:00PM | Greensboro Boys & Girls Club Opening

Dinner to follow will be first come, first served.

This summer garden production has stepped up tremendously.  Our harvest so far includes:

200 pounds of tomatoes

66 garlic bulbs

60 pounds of carrots

50 pounds okra

50 cucumbers

50 jalapenos

20 squash

20 sweet peppers

12 eggplants

8 purple bell peppers

3 quarts of peas

and a lot of basil, chives, rosemary, deer-tongue lettuce, and sunflowers

We’re still waiting for sweet potatoes, beans, and spinach. Eric’s also been saving seeds from the spring including: lettuce, arugula, radishes, and sunflowers. The garden also has a fancy new compost tumbler thanks to a kind and generous donor!

Lions Park Scout Hut in Architectural Record 

In July’s issue of Architectural Record, we are happy to see that the recently-completed Boy Scout Hut was featured as part of their ‘Building with Wood’ article. We couldn’t be happier with the article. Congratulations the student team: Tyler Allgood, Sarah Al-Rukhayyes, Jamin Pendergraft and Elizabeth Whitlock!

Re-Enchanting the World Exhibition

Rural Studio is part of an exhibition currently on view in Paris at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. The exhibition, ‘Re-Enchanting the World,’ was designed in collaboration with winners of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. Our very own Elena Barthel worked on Rural Studio’s contribution to the exhibition, which will run through October 6, 2014. From the museum’s press release:

Re-enchanting the world is an exhibition-manifesto on the future of the inhabited world, designed with the prizewinning architects of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. As the years have gone by, these architects have created a research, experimentation, questioning stage, recognized in the worldwide debate on large-scale transitions – ecological, demographic or urban.

Born and Raised in Hale County - Architectural Record 

Our 20th Anniversary Pig Roast celebration made it into this month’s issue of Architectural Record! Click on the link above to view the online article.