Savannah is a living, breathing, modern city faced with the challenge of balancing rich interwoven history with contemporary needs. With Savannah Day and Savannah as Platform, CNU26 featured two days of sessions delving into the past, present, and future of our city of Savannah.
SAVANNAH as PLATFORM
Led by local experts, Savannah as Platform sessions illuminated the results of the Legacy Charrettes, co-sponsored in March 2018 by CNU, the Cities of Savannah and Brunswick, the Georgia Conservancy, and expert design teams drawn from the CNU membership. The Savannah as Platform program culminated with a talk by Stefanos Polyzoides on the lessons we can learn from Savannah.
Southside Legacy Project
Savannah’s Southside represents a 25-square-mile area annexed into the city of Savannah in 1978. Largely developed in the second half of the 20th century, it is home to Hunter Army Airfield and Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong campus. The Southside is characterized by residential neighborhoods and a 6-mile commercial corridor along Abercorn Street. This session will provide an overview of the vision proposed during the CNU Legacy Charrette in March 2018, aimed at transforming an existing low-density, high-traffic commercial area into a complete neighborhood. The proposed suburban retrofit provides a focal point for future population growth, promotes walkability and biking, and increases opportunities for public transit. The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the vision plan as well as the tools and techniques available to making it a reality.
Michael C. Swartz, Principal, David M. Schwarz Architects / The
Honorable Tony Thomas, Alderman Savannah City Council / Richard A.
Hall, P.E.., HPE - Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc. / Manny Dominguez,
Office of Business Opportunity Director, City of Savannah / Bridget Lidy,
Director of Planning and Urban Design, City of Savannah
Southside project presentation
An Incremental Development Approach for Norwich Corridor
In the small Oglethorpe-designed port city of Brunswick, Georgia, a once-thriving commercial corridor is now largely abandoned and neglected. The City of Brunswick brought in local and national partners to craft a vision and strategies to reinvigorate Norwich Corridor, using an incremental development toolbox to put underutilized assets back into productive use.
Eric Kronberg, Principal, Kronberg Wall / Katherine Moore, Sustainable
Growth Program Director, The Georgia Conservancy / Brenda (Bren)
White-Daiss, Director of Planning, Development & Codes, City of
Brunswick / Geoff Koski, President, Bleakly Advisory Group / Denise
Grabowski, Principal, Symbioscity
Brunswick project presentation
Urban Repair in Savannah's Eastside
As a city matures and becomes livable, hence desirable, the tendency has been to expand horizontally. In the late 19th century streetcar lines often fueled urban growth. Although accessible by transit, these surrounding areas usually lacked the intrinsic qualities embodied in the core, as they were fueled by financial speculation rather than civic ideals. With the closing of streetcar lines in the 1950s, these predominantly residential areas declined due to a lack of accessible services. Such is the case for Savannah’s Eastside, a neighborhood adjacent to the historic core, which was the focus of one of three CNU Legacy Charrettes. This session discussed strategies for enhancing the area through specific interventions at both micro and macro levels.
Dhiru A. Thadani, Thadani Architect + Urbanist / The Honorable Bill
Durrence, Alderman, City of Savannah / Kevin Klinkenberg, Principal, K2
Urban Design / Eric Brown, Principal, Brown Design Studio
Eastside project presentation
Saturday, May 19, 2018
CNU founder Stefanos Polyzoides reflects on the lessons Savannah offers to other communities, pinpointing what new urbanists can take away from CNU26’s host city: its special character, the design and development choices that make Savannah what it is today, and the challenges for its future.