Architectural History graduate students Lois Watts, Elizabeth Clappin and Penny Johnson led a total of eleven walking tours as part of the Reading the City public programs. Their tours including a general tour that was repeated several times and thematic tours that highlighted the city’s militia heritage along Bull Street, post-war modernism downtown, and African-American architectural heritage in the Cuyler-Brownville neighbourhood.
Dr. Richard Longstreth, Director of Historic Preservation and Professor of American Civilization at George Washington University, delivered the keynote lecture in the closing evening program on May 11 of the Reading the City lecture series — addressing the theme “Savannah: Urban Identity and Threatened Heritage”. His lecture addressed the importance of post-war modernism to Savannah’s architectural identity and the challenges it has faced in terms of its preservation. He was followed by Vaughnette Goode-Walker, curator at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum in Savannah, who spoke about the city’s rich heritage of African American architecture and neighbourhoods and the struggles for its preservation. Their presentations were followed by a panel discussion, where they were joined by two Savannah-area preservationists — Daniel Carey, President and CEO of the Historic Savannah Foundation, and Justin Gunther, Professor of Historic Preservation at SCAD and a member of the city’s Historic District Board of Review. Robin Williams served as moderator. To view the video, click here.
The third week of the Reading the City lecture series continued with a double-bill of talks delivered by SCAD Architectural History faculty Daves Rossell and Patrick Haughey on Wednesday, May 4 at the SCAD Museum of Art Theater. Rossell spoke about “Everyday Places and Spaces,” exploring the approaches and discoveries to be made within the humble or ordinary parts of Savannah. Haughey addressed “Global Savannah: Building Culture and Commerce in the 21st-Century City” and how the city has been shaped by its long history of trade. The Reading the City series supports the release of the Buildings of Savannah book, for which both Rossell and Haughey were co-authors. The talks can be viewed through the SCAD Virtual Lecture Hall.
The Reading the City lecture series continued this week with a double-bill of talks delivered by SCAD Architectural History faculty Karl Schuler and David Gobel on Wednesday, April 27 at the SCAD Museum of Art Theater.
Schuler addressed “The Urban Legacy of Volunteer Militias in Savannah’s Bull Street Corridor,” followed by Gobel speaking on “Street Smarts: Savannah’s Streets as Architecture”. The Reading the City series supports the release of the Buildings of Savannah book, for which both Schuler and Gobel were co-authors. The talks can be viewed through the SCAD Virtual Lecture Hall.
Architectural History department chair Robin Williams authored his second guest post on the official SCAD blog, SCAD works, this week in support of the release of the Buildings of Savannah book for which he served as lead author. Click here to read his post: “The Guidebook Problem”: Recording an urban symphony.
See also his first post, “Paradoxical Savannah: A small city with a big role”
Architectural History chair Robin Williams delivered the opening talk in the Reading the City lecture series on Wednesday, April 20 to an audience of about 150 at the SCAD Museum of Art Theater, speaking on “Broadening Savannah’s Urban Identity: From the Ideal to the Real”. The series celebrates the publication of the new book, Buildings of Savannah, authored by Williams and four of his Architectural History colleagues. Buildings of Savannah is the inaugural volume in the Buildings of United States series produced by the Society of Architectural Historians. Watch a video of the talk.
Williams also authored an invited post this week on the SCAD Works blog, “Paradoxical Savannah: A small city with a big role,” highlighting the Buildings of Savannah book.
The Reading the City lecture series will feature lectures by the book’s authors on April 27 and May 4 and conclude on May 11 with a closing guest lecture by Richard Longstreth (George Washington University), followed by a panel discussion where Longstreth will be joined by local preservation authorities Vaughnette Goode-Walker, Daniel Carey, and Justin Gunther.
Nicholas Fuqua (M.F.A. 2010), currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Liverpool, received this year’s Franklin-Liverpool Graduate Research Fellowship, which supported his visit to the University of Georgia for the week of April 11-15. Part of his visit involved giving a presentation, “Built by Bondage: Liverpool, Charleston and the Architecture of Slavery,” on April 14.