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Initial Findings from Field Research: Ellis Square in Savannah by Huey Park & Tiffany Slieff


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Initial Findings from Field Research: Ellis Square in Savannah by Huey Park & Tiffany Slieff

  1. 1. Ellis Square in Savannah IDUS 215 Contextual Research Methods Huey Park & Tiffany Slieff
  2. 2. Gathering General Information Before Going to Field 2
  3. 3. Georgia>Savannah>Downtown>Square Square Downtown Savannah Georgia 3
  4. 4. GEORGIA• Capital city: Atlanta• Population: 9th most populated state in the U.S, ( 9,072,576 residents in2005)• Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, and Columbus are the four largest cities in Georgia.• Climate: typical of a humid subtropical climate (hot summer and mild winter) Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates 4
  5. 5. SAVANNAH, GEORGIA• The city established in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe• The first state capital of Georgia• Population: 313,000residents in 2005• 3rd largest metropolitan area in Georgia, 148th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. 5
  6. 6. SAVANNAH DOWNTOWN, GEORGIA• Savannah was founded in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe• Original plan called for only 6 squares• Ellis, Johnson, Telfair, and Wright Squares are completed in 1733. (Reynolds in 1734 and Oglethorpe in 1742)• The original plan allowed for growth of the city and thus expansion of the grid; additional squares were added during the 18th and 19th centuries, and by 1851 there were 24 squares in the city.• However, Elbert, and Liberty Squares are classified as "lost squares," destroyed in the course of urban development during the 1950s. The squares were paved over to make way for U.S. highway 17. 6
  7. 7. SAVANNAH DOWNTOWN SQUARE, GEORGIA• Goal of the designing squares: comfortable atmosphere and gathering place• The squares are 200ft from north to south and vary in size west to east. Maximum square is 300.• Each square can be accessed from eight different roads. Square Square 7
  8. 8. SAVANNAH DOWNTOWN, ELLIS SQUARE, GEORGIA• Name: Ellis Square, also known as the market square• Name Origin: Henry Ellis, the second royal governor of Georgia• Year establishes: 1733• Location: intersection of Barnard Street and West St. Julian Street• Monuments: Johnny Mercer• Landmark: City Market• History: Ellis Square was demolished to build the City Market parking garage in 1954. In 2006, the parking garage was rebuilt underneath of the square and the city restored Ellis Square opened in March 2010 8
  9. 9. Conclusion 9
  10. 10. OBSERVATIONS • Note-Takings in Field • Visual-Map of Ellis Square • The Zero
  11. 11. Note-Takings in Field (Huey’s) 11
  12. 12. Note-Takings in Field (Tiffany’s) 12
  13. 13. Visual-Map of Ellis Square 13
  14. 14. N Visual-Map of Ellis Square River 2 Barnard St.1. Ellis Square w/visitor 17 3 center and big fountain2. Five Guys 16 18 43. Heiwa’s Japanese W. Bryan St. Restaurant4. AVIA Hotel Barnard St. Barnard St.5. Under Construction 156. (LEASE) 57. Fifty-one51degree 148. Retro of the Congress9. Velvet Elvis Lounge10. The Corner Store City Market 1 W. St. Julian St.11. Accessorize IT12. (Unknown)13. Wild Wing Café 13 614. Café GelatOhhh!15. Hunting16. Inn At Ellis Square Parking alot W. Congress St. Barnard St.17. Inn At Ellis Square18. Tiny park w/small 12 11 10 9 c8 7 fountain 14
  15. 15. Visual-Map of Ellis Square +10 Barnard St. W. Bryan St. Barnard St. Barnard St. City Market W. Julian St. x2 +10 +5 W. Congress St. Barnard St. c +5 +20 +3 15 +15
  16. 16. Visual-Map of Ellis Square Ellis Square 16
  17. 17. Timeline in Ellis Square Afternoon Afternoon 8:00 am noon 8:00 am 8:00 pm 9:20 am 8:00 am 9:00 am 8:00 pm17
  18. 18. The ZeroBack streets are not organized as main street Scribbles on wall Trash container on street South East corner, there are two buildings, but both of them are not in use. 18
  19. 19. The Zero Since city provides smoking Some women wear heels, but walking pots, people still don’t throw into holes area is a big problem. Even, their cigarettes away correctly. dogs don’t like to walk on holes too. Trash replacer doesn’t like the City cleaner doesn’t like seeing way trash’s design: pick the lid people left some dirties on the up and almost lose it after put it floor, which s/he has to clean. 19 on the top of trash can.
  20. 20. The Zero - Two construction workings going on around Ellis Square. - Georgia power, they are on construction to replace cables. MLK construction is the same reason. (Both informations were answered through a conversation.) 20
  21. 21. CONVERSATIONS • The Lady and Sons Worker • City Cleaner (Big Fountain Charger) • 2 Cilantros Grill Workers • 2 Constructors • City Cleaner (Trash Replacer)
  22. 22. The Lady and Sons Worker • She is a college student, and she came to savannah in 2009. • She works in famous savannah restaurant, The Lady and Sons. • She prefers typical squares than Ellis Square, because she likes place where has lots of trees and shadows. • She wishes to experience playing a chess floor near constructions. • She was very friendly, and she loves her life in savannah. 22
  23. 23. City Cleaner(Big Fountain Charger) • He has lived in savannah 38 years. • He works for city cleaner, and he is in charge of cleaning water fountain. • He came to Ellis Square before 9am for cleaning, because the water fountain starts at 9am. • He likes Ellis Square more than any other squares, because he feels that Ellis Square provide more public spaces for family. 23
  24. 24. CONTINUED…City Cleaner(Big Fountain Charger) • In front of the visitor center and the public restroom, there used to be cover the ground with rocks just like the other square edges in Ellis Square. However, city took the rocks away few years later, because people (especially children) bring rock to the water fountain. 24
  25. 25. 2 Cilantros Grill Workers • We also had a conversation with another restaurant workers who speaks Spanish as their first language and rarely speak English. • They ride a bicycle for transportation, and they park their bike in Ellis Square before they go to work. 25
  26. 26. 2 Constructors • They have been working on construction for 2 month in Ellis Square. • They start to work at 8 am until 4 pm. • They have a very short lunch time, so they usually make food to go and have lunch in Ellis square. • Right now, there are three different projects are going on with different top managers. • There will be retail stores such as restraints and bank on the first floor, and offices on upper floors. 26
  27. 27. City Cleaner (Trash Replacer) • He always has pain in his neck, because he lifts up trashes everyday. • He came to Ellis Square everyday about 10:00 am to pick up trashes in trashcan on the street. • There are more trashes during weekend, but he said he can handle it! 27