There is an exciting class being taught at Clemson University this spring called “Conservation & Development Architectural Studio.” It’s being taught by Clemson’s Architectural Professor - Sallie Hambright-Belue, who is coincidentally, also one of the farmers at SPACE’s Cleveland Preserve Farm. The goal of the Studio is to investigate how architecture can bridge the gap between conservation and development in order to serve the interests of the community. Her students are studying two sites: the Flatwoods of Spartanburg which is undergoing new developments (also where the Cleveland Farm is located) and Glendale Shoals. SPACE has enjoyed meeting with students to talk about conservation and the history of our organization and also getting to being a part of their critiques! This project lasts all semester and will include various opportunities for the Spartanburg community to learn about the work. Sallie has done an incredible job of exposing her students to a wide-variety of community members with various perspectives and areas of interest. Their interactions with community members and places have driven many of their design decisions. Student work will be hanging in the SPACE windows at 123 Dunbar Street in downtown Spartanburg in late April - mid-May. Sallie’s class will host a public critique at RJ Rockers on April 29th. Stay tuned for more details!
SPACE hosts a multitude of events throughout the year. As an organization focused on land conservation and environmental protection, we’ve launched an initiative to focus on sustainability efforts during our fundraisers and small events. With help from local composting company, Atlas Organics, we’re making composting a priority at our two big fundraisers (Bonnamoo and A Shucking Good Time). Thanks to local artists Frankie Zombie and Maggie MacDonald, you won’t miss the compost cans at these events! Want to help make our events more sustainable? Share a ride and bring your own non-glass tumblers with you. Working together we can make an impact!
The 4th Annual "A Shucking Good Time" presented by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System raised $30,000 for SPACE to support our mission of land conservation. 3K was raised for the Cottonwood Trail Boardwalk Restoration Project. Thanks to our composting efforts, 838 pounds of waste was diverted from the landfill.