• A Site to See for Savannah Boxport

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    By Nicholas Reese

    In our continuing efforts to raise awareness and excitement for the creation of a vibrant and diversified public space just outside the historic district, our team has been closely studying the potential for one site in particular. This proposed site for Savannah Boxport is located at the west end of River Street in Savannah, GA. Tucked under the Talmadge Bridge, the site is secluded from yet adjacent to the rest of River Street and downtown Savannah. The site is roughly 250,000 sq. ft., spanning a little over two city blocks along Warner Street.

    To the west of the site is the Springfield Canal, a more southern section of which is currently under proposed design for further development as Savannah’s Canal District by Sottile and Sottile Architects. Across Warner Street is The Hue, a residential housing complex boasting over 800 residents/students. Further down Warner Street near River Street is Alexander Hall, a SCAD owned building featuring drawing and painting majors. This building, along with multiple other nearby buildings is patrolled by SCAD security, further adding to public safety in this area.

    To access the site from Bay Street, a one way road takes you along the facade of The Hue, and takes you halfway down the site before Indian Street (two way street) becomes accessible. Continuing down Warner Street eventually connects you to River Street. The east end of River Street is one of the more popular locations for visitors and locals alike, featuring multiple restaurants, bars, and retail stores. However, this upbeat, historically hip section of River Street slowly dies down the closer you get to Savannah Boxport’s site. Nearly 3/4 of River Street is accessible by an antique trolley system, stopping every one hundred yards for easy, speedy circulation along the street.

    Looking at the ever popular River Street, our team see the potential in continuing the trolley to our site, allowing new store fronts to pop-up and enhance the rest of River Street in a positive way. By continuing the lighting sequence along the West end of River Street and generating an environment where people are encouraged to go, Savannah Boxport only further enhances the street, as well as downtown Savannah as a whole.

  • Invigorating Savannah Boxport

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    By John Gray Parker

    In the last blog, we shared what our team had learned from Savannah residents about what they would like to see more of in their city. Some of the most common comments included: local food, sustainable growth, edible landscapes, more biking, gardens, food carts, family events, public art, and public gathering spaces.

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  • Savannah Likes Boxport Like Boxport Likes Savannah

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    By Arianna Gianakopoulos

    Savannah Boxport is moving and shaking as the idea infiltrates deeper into the community through various community actors. Thanks go to Caroline Ingalls for spearheading the project, and SCAD Design for Sustainability program coordinator Scott Boylston for carrying the project forward in his Sustainable Practices in Design class this quarter.

    Our graduate class—3 architecture, 2 design for sustainability, and 1 service design student—has focused on keeping the original vision of the project intact, while gaining support and new vision from all kinds of people that have been brought to the table. Art, culture, commerce, education, and history are all essential pieces to this project that Savannah already possesses. We are simply figuring out the best way to bring them all together in one creative public space!

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  • Savannah Boxport: Community, Culture, Commerce

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    By Caroline Ingalls

    Ninety percent of all the goods we possess have been transported via giant steel boxes from faraway lands.Yet, how many people are aware of the journeys our toothbrushes take through raging storms and across vast oceans to get to our bathrooms? Our global economies owe themselves to what has been called the box that changed the world; the modest metal box we call a shipping container.

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  • Facilitating Change in the Dominican Republic

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    By April Lee

    Hi there! My name is April Lee, I am a Design for Sustainability MA candidate at SCAD. As a sustainability advocate I want to involve myself with organizations who have the purposeful mission to give back selflessly to facilitate real change.

    The Batey Rehab Project (BRP), is a non-profit organization who has proven just that. Founded by Katie Godkin de Morales, a former SCAD graduate of the Architecture program, BRP’s mission is to mobilize a movement of people to aid in the deliverance of knowledge, thus creating a shift of thinking towards international projects and programs integrated within Batey communities in the Dominican Republic. I’ve had the pleasure of traveling with BRP twice last year, each trip has forever inspired where I should place value in life, and also my next steps going forward in my career.

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  • Fibers and Sustainability: An Event

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    “Extraordinary change requires building extraordinary relationships, and at some level this requires gathering together people representing diverse views so they can speak and listen to one another in new ways.”
    —Peter Senge, Necessary Revolution

    By Brittney Boudwin

    And so we gathered last month for the main event — students, professors, business owners, designers, artists and the like—to explore the intersection of sustainable design practices and fibers studio production. Some guests came for the studio production work, others more for the design practices information. With various reasons for coming, the most important part of each guest’s participation was that they represented different parts of the system and brought with them varied experiences and perspectives.

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  • The Main Event is this Thursday!

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    Collaborating is ultimately about relationships, and relationships do not thrive based on a rational calculus of costs and benefits but rather because of genuine caring and mutual vulnerability.” —Peter Senge

    JOIN US FOR FOOD, FIBERS and FRIENDLY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT FIBERS IN SAVANNAH AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES!

    This Thursday, November 20th, at the Creative Coast‘s CREATOR’S FOUNDRY! Stop in any time between 11:00 and 1:30.

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  • Challenging our Own Assumptions

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    Recently, our class broke into three teams: (1) Team Ecosystem, (2) Team Identities, and (3) Team Strategy in order to put our knowledge of one’s role in the ecosystem to the test.

    This week, we invited three people involved in fibers and textiles in Savannah for an open conversation about integrating SCAD students further into Savannah’s community as a means of developing their professional skills. Our guests were Charlie Crosby, Emily Felix, and Rebecca Zerby.

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  • Tips for Future Fibers Entrepreneurs

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    Get involved LOCALLY – build relationships with people even if it’s a restaurant owner. He might not be you customer, but he can get you one.”

    By Anu Agarwal and Eva Dunn

    In our exploration of the Savannah fibers scene, our team has been out and about, learning from those already contributing. Below is an interview with Adrienne Cronberger, owner at STITCH by team members Anu and Eva . But before the interview here is a short history of the Savannah company:

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  • Understanding the Fabric

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    The last five weeks have been dedicated to learning not only about fibers and textiles, but the dreams, career visions and passions of our colleagues in the Fibers Studio Production class at SCAD. So far we have surveyed the fibers students’ skills, taken a peek at the local economy and analyzed how the two can integrate.

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