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Savannah Characteristic Public Furnishings IDUS 718 Industrial Design Studio II Fall 2010 Charisse Bennett Prof. Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness


Reconsidering public furniture in the City of Savannah. The objective for the Industrial Design Studio this quarter was to design two different kinds of furniture for the city with an emphasis on exhibiting the character of Savannah. There was also a suggested emphasis of utilizing reclaimed materials from the Savannah Gardens/Emergent Structures project or the Habitat Restore. While not everyone took this into consideration, I focused primarily on designs that would use reclaimed materials.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Who What When Where Why


Initial idea came from a simple observation.. ... the lack of seating at several, if not most, bus stops throughout Savannah. People can be seen leaning on the bus stop signs or even sitting on the top of trash cans. The desire to lean or sit is natural and expected while waiting.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


The materials choices were as important as the design idea. Utilizing reclaimed materials was included as part of the design brief and taken as a point of inspiration for this project. By using materials such as old signs, the viewer is reminded of the pervious life and provides a unique character. The use of reclaimed porcelain as an aggregate is more subtle and provides a clean, refined character.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Savannah Characteristics. Influential flowing lines exhibited on the fish downspouts throughout downtown Savannah and the unique trashcans found along Bull Street provided a fluid design language for one of the final ideas

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Savannah Characteristics. A contemporary reinterpretation of the intricate ironwork found throughout Savannah served as design inspiration for another final design idea.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Ideation. Sketches, study models and CAD drawings were used to explore ideas.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Human Factors. A quick study was completed to visualize the appropriate height for a seat that is meant to support one’s weight but not necessarily allow the individual to completely sit down.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Context renderings. First draft of renderings placed within a context photograph.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Final Model Photographs. Images of the final physical models.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Final Drawings. Final illustrated drawings.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Final Rendering. Final computer rendering and placed within context.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Material Components. Re-using old toilets and sinks as an aggregate that when combined with a binder create a material similar to concrete.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Final Model Photographs. Images of the final physical models.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Final Drawings. Final illustrated drawings.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Final Rendering. Final computer rendering and placed within context.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Material Components. Re-using old street signs and wood to give this design a unique character.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


Community focused education campaign for the biker and non-biker. The studio assignment was to develop a Savannah oriented bicycle rack while also utilizing reclaimed materials for construction. After completing a look at the city’s history, contextual research, and precedent analysis, I decided to develop a community focused campaign rather than another new bike rack. Of course there are bike racks nearly all over the city now, but it never fails people will lock their bikes to street signs. Be it laziness, convenience, or lack of space at the bike rack this is what people do. Rather than continuing to install bike racks that are difficult to get your bike in and out, why not embrace peoples tendencies and expand on this opportunity to educated bikers and drivers.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


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These photos, taken throughout Savannah, illustrate the utilization of street signs as bike racks.


A good practice, but what about a second useful life with little to no additional expense? After speaking with city traffic engineers, I found out that all excess or damaged metal products owned by the city that can’t be re-sold are sold to the metal scrap yard. While recycling old metal can use 95% less energy than manufacturing new materials, re-using the materials can save all the energy required for recycling. In order to recycle metal it has to be transported to the scrap center where it is crushed into bales. These bales are then transported to the plant (if not on-site) where they are shredded, melted and reformed into new products or usable materials. By finding ways to reuse the materials all these steps can be skipped.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


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Images illustrating the damage that can occur to signs due to accidents or storms, as well as images of the pre-recycled stage at the scrap yard.


And what if part of that second useful life involved some community interaction, eduction and fun? The typically great weather, level terrain, and beautiful downtown streets make Savannah an excellent city for biking. Utilizing the backs of existing street signs as well as a new “bikes only� sign installation at Habersham Village, signage can act as positive reinforcement to those that already bike and encouragement to those that have yet to try. Signs can raise awareness about oil dependency, pollution, congestion, safe streets, and public health, while combating uninformed police officers and general public, as well as aggressive motorists.

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


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Anything from maps of bike routes to upcoming bike events to positive reminders about the benefits of riding your bike.

Every MILE traveled by bike (rather than car) keeps 1 POUND of CARBON DIOXIDE out of the atmosphere


Increasing bike usage and awareness through education and information. Forming partnerships with local bike shops and organizations have already been key in improving conditions of city streets and increasing the availability of bicycle parking. Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s “primary objectives are education for cyclists and motorists about the best ways to share the road, advocacy for improved bicycle facilities in Chatham County, and promoting bicycling as a healthy, safe activity for recreation and sustainable transportation. Ultimately, through an inclusive approach, we will make our communities more livable, connected & safe. These are our goals, and we hope that you will join us.”

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


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Local bike shops and organizations can play a key role, provide support, and gain customer visibility.


Step 1: Support Get support and approval from the City and get local organizations interested in participating to provide financial support with the guarantee of promotion. Organize a group of volunteers to help with the process and implementation.

Step 2: Campaign Design the information to be most effective for your citizens and visitors. The information needs to speak to both bike riders and non-riders. Also locate the best possible locations in the city to start. Choose locations visible to bikers and non-bikers.

Step 3: System Will the backs of existing signs be the focus or will there be a new installation of recycled signs? Work with the City’s traffic engineers to salvage old street signs for re-use.

Step 4: Implement

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MFA Industrial Design . MA Design for Sustainability Savannah College of Art and Design IDUS 718 2010

Ready, set, go! Once the team is in place, the materials are ready, and the location has been chosen, all that’s left to do is execute the plan. Charisse.Bennett@gmail.com


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Possible outcomes through new sign installation or using the backs of existing street signs.


Savannah Characteristic Public Furnishings IDUS 718 Industrial Design Studio II Fall 2010 Charisse Bennett charisse.bennett@gmail.com Prof. Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness Savannah College of Art and Design

Industrial Design Studio II  

This studio focused on Savannah public furniture with an emphasis on reclaimed materials.

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