Tag: Architecture

Savannah vs. Charleston: CBS Sunday Morning considers role of contemporary architecture

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From A tale of two cities at CBS Sunday Morning: While it’s tempting to want to put these historic cities in formaldehyde, to embalm them and shun anything modern, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says that’s not a viable answer. “A…

This is the only property in the Landmark Historic District on the official list of the 100 worst properties in Savannah

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In today’s City Talk column in the Savannah Morning News, I have a few preliminary thoughts on the city of Savannah’s new 100 Worst Properties list, which is part of the Blight to Bright campaign. I find it so interesting…

Flawed search process propelled Savannah’s plans to raze historic cottages for a new police station

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In my sort of obsessively detailed City Talk column today, I continue to look at the city of Savannah’s plan to destroy 36 historic homes facing 33rd and 34th streets between MLK and Montgomery. The site would become the new…

Savannah’s plan to destroy historic homes for new police precinct is even worse than I thought

The city of Savannah’s plan to replace relatively recently renovated historic workers’ cottages with a new police precinct is one of the worst public policy decisions I’ve seen since I’ve been writing columns about city life. (That’s 14 years and…

Fountain in front of Forsyth Park stage will be removed (a little late, but a good idea); a lesson in design

So the fountain in front of the stage in Forsyth Park will be removed — the decorative part, not the spray fountain next to it. If you’ve been among the thousands frustrated over the last four years by the way…

Checking into the SCADpad

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So, SCADpad? From the website for the micro-housing initiative by the Savannah College of Art and Design: SCADpad embraces and advances the university’s deeply rooted commitment to adaptive reuse by utilizing a parking structure at SCAD Atlanta to create an…

It’s Christmas at the P.J. O’Connor House

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On my way home from Kroger just after dark tonight, I was met with a strange sight: a Christmas tree aglow inside the P.J. O’Connor House at the corner of Lincoln and 32nd. I had lived in the neighborhood for…

Exciting new development on Forsyth Park working its way through zoning issues

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About a month ago, I wrote about the exciting plans for One West Park Avenue at the southwest corner of Bull Street and Park Avenue: New development would anchor south end of Savannah’s Forsyth Park The large lot has been…

Savannah as a model for the nation: not 1733, but today

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This is a post by Kevin Klinkenberg, an experienced planner and owner of the New Urbanism Blog, where this piece will be cross-posted. Look for more of Kevin’s posts here at Savannah Unplugged in the near future. From Kevin Klinkenberg:…

Interesting subtexts in Moshe Safdie’s return to Savannah

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Moshe Safdie will be speaking at SCAD’s commencements in Savannah and in Atlanta on Saturday. It’s an interesting development. Safdie is a renowned architect with a stunning list of major projects that includes Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in…

Yep, One West Victory still moving ahead, groundbreaking on May 23

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From the press release from Abshire Public Relations: WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for One West Victory, an exciting new eco-friendly student focused community developed by Jamestown, whose portfolio includes Chelsea Market and One Times Square in New York, White Provision and…

Christ Church Anglican in Savannah update — many find building too massive

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From today’s Savannah Morning News article by Adam Van Brimmer, Christ Church Anglican faces new opposition: Church representatives obtained three of four variance requests for the project Thursday from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The hearing was contentious, however. The…

Architectural Billings Index suggests continued growth in second half of 2013

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From Calculated Risk: Every building sector is now expanding and new project inquiries are strongly positive (down from February, but still at 60.1). Note: This includes commercial and industrial facilities like hotels and office buildings, multi-family residential, as well as…

The rebirth of Drayton Tower and the benefits of greater downtown residential density

I’ve been planning a big post about residential density for several weeks, but I keep putting it off. So this is just going to be a short post on that subject. Subject A: Adam Van Brimmer’s Drayton Tower revival: Refurbished…