• Hudson Hill’s Rich History, Issues, and Hopes for the Future

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    By Chris Tsuyuki

    We’ve been honored to be meeting with community leaders and residents in Hudson Hill over the last 5 weeks, and we’re happy to share a little of what we’ve learned about the neighborhood. In the coming weeks we’ll share more about the work we’re doing with them directly, but a general overview is a great place to start.

    Hudson Hill’s largest population is residents 34 years old and younger and its most activated and engaged population is their cherished Golden Age. Over 80% of Hudson Hill residents are African American. And low-income households (households earning 50% or below the median income) make up more than half of the community. Faith provides an anchor for the community and residents band together like family. Despite its issues, the Hudson Hill community remains resilient, engaged and committed.

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  • Hello Harambe House!

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    By Kyle Parrapato

    Welcome to Design Management 740: Sustainable Practices in Design! We’re very excited to be a part of the revival collaboration between SCAD Design for Sustainability and Savannah’s own Harambee House. Harambee, translating loosely to ‘working together, pulling together helping each other, caring and sharing,’ is a local not-for-profit who identify themselves as ‘citizens for environmental justice.’

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  • Desiging through Uncertainty

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    By Mary Rhodes

    We entered this quarter with a lot of uncertainty. As a class we didn’t’ know each other very well and for the project we only knew who our champion was – Emergent Structures, along with a few general goals that each class before us had. We were presented with the challenge to design and collaborate with a focused community in Savannah, to follow existing energies before creating new and, one of the most important, to design solutions that will outlast our presence. The initiatives we’ve forwarded in this class all require a next level of agreement from the parters involved before they can be publicized further, sot there’s just a peek of them here now.

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  • Saturday in the Yard

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    By Ivonne Zuniga

    Last Saturday, March second, Emergent Structures hosted an event called ‘Saturday at the Yard’. During this beautiful sunny 74 degrees day, multiple volunteers came together with family and friends to show support and be a part of the conversation concerning reclaimed materials.

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  • SHAPE SAVANNAH: A Reclaimed Material Competition

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    By Ivonne Zuniga

    During the research process of our project we have encountered some repetitive insights; people don’t know the value of reclaimed materials; artists are afraid of handling them; and the value of Savannah is rarely communicated through the souvenirs that the stores sell. Based on this information we decided to develop a competition, challenging each of these aspects. Our goal was to prototype what can become an annual competition. But mostly we were very curious to see what amazing ideas our participant would come up with.

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  • Doing Good with Wood

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    By Xiaotong Du

    Nowadays, it’s common for us to notice that people are surrounded by artificial objects. We play video games or connect with friends through computers and mobile phones on a daily basis. We tend to be intuitive to touch the man-made high-tech products with confidence.

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  • Co-Creating Solutions

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    By Jee Eun Lee

    On January 31st, our class invited five stakeholders of Savannah’s material reclamation and maker communities to present to them insights from our secondary and primary research. We previously met and interviewed each of them individually (and many others) so this was our opportunity to meet as a group and listen to their opinions, thoughts and ideas about our insights.

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  • Is Community Based in Geographic Location?

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    By Mary Rodes, Rina Strydom, and Ivonne Zuniga

    If you look for the word community in a dictionary, the main two definitions that pop are:

    • A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
    • A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

    Community has been a key word in our project, mentioned many times in the group meetings, however, recently the question arose: What kind of community are we talking about?

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  • Every Nail Counts

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    By Ivonne Zuniga

    As a part of our research before starting this new project, the team and I joined this quarter’s ‘community champion’ Emergent Structures at the Lumberyard, a property that soon will be donated to them, for an afternoon of manual work. The work was mostly about de nailing the pieces of wood that they recover from past deconstructions.

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  • Midtown’s PopUp and Block Party

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    By Chari Sathyanarayanan

    To reach a happy ending everything has to start with a good beginning. And good beginnings can sprout up everywhere. Our final solutions for this quarter aimed at helping the community in Midtown celebrate a new beginning of neighborliness.

    Our work in helping build a resilient midtown community led to 10 different concepts that were shared with the community over the last several weeks, which led the community especially excited about 3 solutions. The continuous interactions with the Midtown residents and the new Midtown neighborhood association acted as a catalyst for a block party initiative to emerge. So, we considered how the block party—which was beautifully planned by the newly minted neighborhood association—could provide a platform for our final  concepts. Our class split into 3 subteams and worked to implement each of these three concepts.

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