SAVANNAH LEGACY PROJECTS
CNU's core is the belief in infusing our cities and neighborhoods with vibrant, walkable communities that address safety, local economic growth, and, most vital, resident well-being. One of the most direct ways CNU chapters across the country achieve this is through publicly engaged charrette projects. These projects are led by both local and visiting design/architectural/and planning specialists who donate their time to developing positive updates to some challenging areas within a city. The projects typically consist of intensive workshops lasting 3-5 days, in which the public is welcome and highly encouraged to join and provide "insider" feedback on the specific wants, needs, and problems faced within each focus area.
This past weekend in Savannah, members of the public, design professionals, and CNU members joined forces to develop and offer solutions for two specific Savannah neighborhoods, as well as a corridor within Brunswick, GA. You can view all presentations by clicking the links below.
The East Side project, led by Dhiru Thadani and Brown Design Studio, focused on the primarily residential Eastside neighborhood, and more commercial, yet neglected, Waters Ave. corridor. The subject area was defined by Waters Ave. and Broad St. to the East/West, and Wheaton St. and Victory Dr. to the North/South.
Efforts were made to identify and address historic and community character within the East Savannah framework, and develop a strategy that alleviated mounting developmental pressure while offering residents solutions to concerns like unsafe roadways, lack of community resources, and accessibility to housing.
The Southside project focused on the area between Montgomery Cross Rd (towards downtown) and Route 204 to the North/South, with Truman Pkwy (towards downtown) and Hunter AAF bordering to the East/West. Led by David M. Schwarz architects and Thomas & Hutton engineers, the project aimed to build a vision of Southside that involved a sustainable, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use hub with opportunities for education, jobs, housing, entertainment, and transportation options.
The anticipated growth of Georgia Southern's new Armstrong campus coupled with the plentiful "dead space" on Savannah's Southside helped guide the proposal for an active town center that would provide local amenities and bridge the surrounding suburban neighborhoods.
In addition to Savannah neighborhoods, plans were also proposed to revitalize the Norwich St. area of Brunswick, GA. City leaders and residents of Brunswick were encouraged to submit ideas for the re invigoration of a once bustling commercial corridor. Proposed plans included wayfinding additions/signage, and affordable housing, as well as a "bike boulevard" that would help to connect areas such as the College of Coastal GA and downtown Brunswick, and ideally drive foot traffic.
The project was led and supported by Kronberg Wall Architects and the City of Brunswick, in partnership with Symbioscity, The GA Conservancy, Canvas Planning, Bleakly Advisory Group, and Thompson Placemaking.
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UPCOMING EVENTS & MEETINGS
June 20, 2019
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THE 26TH ANNUAL CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM
MAY 16 - 19, 2018
From the historic squares and narrow streets to the vibrant culture of the coastal Georgia surroundings, Savannah is a city that exemplifies great design and urbanism. About three hundred years of civic and architectural excellence have built the city where human-scaled neighborhoods and attention to detail are second nature.
For our 26th annual Congress, CNU invites you to explore all of Savannah, Georgia-a fascinating American place, from its world famous historic core to its fast-changing outer reaches, that demonstrates the value of excellence in urbanism.