Category Archives: Urban Design

Podponics: a Georgian, technical invention

Adaptive reuse of shipping containers is not a new concept.  However, outfitting these containers with hydroponic lights and a soil-less growing system, that is all backed with a triple bottom line, “local everywhere” approach is something new.   Take a look at The Atlantic’s newest article, video and interview.  This would be a great educational installation for the site…a sweet phone call for a charity donation never hurts, right??? And plus, we already have access to about 2o shipping containers, compliments of Ramsey!!!  Here is their website!  Very inventive, sustainable and down right awesome!

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New Urbanism…on the Old Star Laundry Site

Empty, overgrown urban lots have quite the story.  They have been homes to native plant life, animals, humans, food, etc.  Overtime, human occupancy has created what’s called an urban area.

Backyard green space located on 34th and Reynolds Streets

Our Savannah urban area has seen many phases, face lifts and dormant stages over the years.  Most recently the stage of urban decay has taken over.  My focus: curing the blighted area in our own backyard at Southern Pine Company of Georgia.

It all started with a need for a greenhouse and now, well NOW we have Savannah High school special education students on our site kicking us into high gear.  We have been cleaning, recycling and planting to the plot of land in the back of Southern Pine’s building, and for those of you that were unable to take a peek at the new garden while at RE:fest, well I have included some progress photos!

And this is just the beginning phase of a wonderful apprenticeship!!

Savannah High students helping clear the garden space

STAY TUNED for updates on the program!!!

Retro-fitting Suburbia

This is a really great article discussing our post-war suburbia with white picket fences and garages that all seem to be going into foreclosure heaven.

How did we get to this?  And how do we get out of this?

You don’t have to pick up 4 books on urban design, watch 2 documentaries or take a college level course.  Aron Chang writes a great summation of why designers (me) are so important.

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