Amalgamation

CompanySavannah College of Art and Design
ClientRicardo Chiuz
DesignerRicardo Chiuz, Eli Lurie, Richard Haas, and Professor Arpad Ronaszegi
Prize2nd Place in Architecture Categories / Renovation
Entry Description

Amalgamation strives to take a romanticized urban plan and bring it to the 21st century. This is accomplished through the consideration of current and future trends in urban planning and learning from poor planning of the past. In the words of Jane Jacobs “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” This project seeks to relieve some of the negative effects of urban renewal, revitalizing the lost community. Notions of urban renewal, such as the concept of “blight” wiped away this area's culture and people. Urban renewal of this area disconnected it from the rest of the city, and limited it to an analogous usage. With the reintroduction of the grid, as well as diversified usages, Amalgamation both ties Yamacraw’s past, as well as looks into the future needs of this area and its people.