A standing-room-only crowd attended Chair Robin Williams’ public talk, “History Underfoot: Appreciating the Significance of Savannah’s Street and Sidewalk Pavement,” delivered as part of the Friends of Massie Lecture Series on January 24. His research on historic street pavement has evidently struck a nerve with public interest.
In anticipation of the event, he was interviewed by Emily Jones at Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Savannah, and following the lecture local TV station WTOC aired a news story.
As part of his research, Williams visited numerous American cities during 2016, documenting examples of historic street and sidewalk pavement and curbs, which are shared through his website historicpavement.com.
Architectural History Professor David Gobel delivered a talk, “Paradox in the Savannah Plan,” on January 19 to the Savannah chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (which formed just one year ago). The paradoxes inherent in the Savannah Plan are a subject explored by Gobel in a book, The Architecture of the Savannah Plan, he is co-authoring with Chair Robin Williams.
Patrick Haughey’s new book recognized as “top 10 most expected books in English about architecture and cities”
Architectural History Professor Patrick Haughey is the editor of a new book of essays, Across Space and Time: Architecture and the Politics of Modernity (Transaction Publishers), which was selected by journalist and writer Stanislav Lvovskiy for the website Strelka as one of the “top 10 most expected books in English about architecture and cities”. The essays in the book started as presentations at the 8th Savannah Symposium: Modernities Across Space and Time, co-directed by Haughey and fellow Architectural History professor, Daves Rossell.
Current architectural history MFA student Hailey Chesnutt conducted an independent study during fall quarter, supervised by Chair Robin Williams, researching the history of buildings and uses along Victory Drive in Savannah (specifically between Bee Road and just east of Skidaway Road) in support of Phase III of the Victory Drive Corridor Study commissioned by the city’s Metropolitan Planning Commission. In November Hailey shared her findings in a formal presentation to planning commission staff and the professional consultant team preparing the study’s report. On November 17 she participated in the public hearing of the Corridor Study, sharing her findings with display panels and answering questions of members of the public.
Department chair Robin Williams was interviewed for an article in the men’s lifestyle magazine Gear Patrol. The article, “A Tour of the South’s Architectural Jewel,” highlights the defining architectural and urban features of Savannah.
A student team comprising architectural history, architecture and historic preservation majors, led by Architectural History professor Daves Rossell, tied for second in the national Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) competition sponsored by the National Park Service out of 43 entries submitted. Their project documented the historic garden at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah as part of Dr. Rossell’s American Cultural Landscape seminar. The team included students Anthony Nicholas, Stephanie Heher, Carleigh Hessian, Ricardo Chiuz, Paul Fritz, Chelsea Lyle, and Lois Watts. See the Facebook announcement.
Celebration of Classicism in Charleston recognizes David Gobel’s editing of this year’s “Classicist” journal
The journal Classicist launched its 2016 volume (#13), edited by Architectural History faculty member David Gobel, at an event in Charleston last week. The journal is produced by The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, a New York-based nonprofit organization. The focus of this thirteenth volume of Classicist is the architectural traditions of classicism in the South. In addition to serving as editor, Gobel also authored an essay on the history of porches as a characteristic feature of Southern classicism. Departmental alumnus Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006) contributed an essay on the history of classicism in Charleston. The event received press attention in The Post and Courier newspaper.