The Parallax View 2021-01-06 E01: Foundations

As the inaugural broadcast we set the foundational groundwork for the context of future conversations by providing listeners the history of the city, a comparison of city layouts and designs that affect development, as well as narratives and examples of how the design of the built environment has affected the communities and people of the city.

With our guest Christian Sottile, we discuss Gen. Oglethorpe and his history, the questions surrounding the original inspiration of the design of the city, how the design has grown and changed to meet the city's needs and citizens, and what are the challenges for the city and region in the future.

Christian Sottile, AIA, NCARB is principal of Sottile & Sottile, a Savannah-based urban design and architectural firm working extensively in Nationally Registered Historic Districts.  His work includes civic design and master planning, emphasizing historic research, urban analysis and community-wide engagement.

Concurrently with his professional practice, Sottile is a professor of architecture and urban design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and is the former dean of the SCAD School of Building Arts. In this role, Sottile led the graduate and undergraduate programs in Architecture, Architectural History, Preservation Design, Interior Design, Furniture Design and Urban Design.

Sottile's work has been featured in the New York Times, Preservation Magazine, Architect magazine, and Architectural Digest.  He has received over fifty awards, including three international Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism, awards from the American Planning Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and three National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects.


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