Atlanta’s Latest Exhibition Space: Mercedes Benz Stadium

Stadium in Urban Context; Global Image Narrative; Drive-by Architecture; Staging Atlanta

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The Gulch: Atlanta’s Cultural Capital for Sale

The fire sale of public assets continues, and this time it’s the very heart of old Atlanta. For nearly fifty years, a gaping hole has marked an unresolved problem in the downtown: the devastated site known as the Gulch, where three railroads once converged from the south, east, and north. The train stations that, here […]

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MARTA: Urban Performance or the Art of the Town Center

The question is: can a look at the performativity of MARTA help stimulate a more intriguing and, above all, practical approach to its stations as center of urban performance? MARTA_Urban Performance

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The Future of the Atlanta Civic Center: Erasing History or Creating Urbanity?

Before the old Civic Center is written out of the city’s history, there needs to be a robust public discussion. Atlanta deserves a true Civic Center, one that embraces rather than erases the historic significance of the site, and that welcomes the public and fulfills the promise of its strategic downtown location. READ MORE  The_Atlanta_Civic […]

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The BeltLine or the Art of the Urban Corridor

Atlanta could offer the perfect cinematic experience that urban development has brought us since the 1950s if the city had a functioning transportation network. However, instead of floating by stadia, malls, Olmsted designed parks, gleaming towers, and edge cities, one is more likely to get stuck in traffic and, involuntarily, jolted to an earlier historical […]

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Legacy and Vision (Avondale)

The Avondale Commons will extend and update the city’s historic legacy, creating a twenty-first century Garden City where the arts are at the heart of the community, with a city center featuring a new city hall, performing arts spaces, mediatheque and spaces for café, offices and retail. READ MORE GIS Land Use Plan (Avondale Call […]

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Narrative: Avondale Call for Designs

The Avondale Commons, Art and Town Center Challenge: Capturing History and Protecting Avondale’s Legacy Avondale is at a historic juncture. The city-owned 4 acres at the heart of the Central Business District provide a unique opportunity to extend and revitalize Avondale’s historic architectural legacy and to define its economic, cultural, and civic destiny. To preserve […]

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Cities as Exhibition Space

In our globalized culture, cities have increasingly transformed into large-scale exhibition spaces, amplifying a trend that had its origin with the Parisian Arcades in the nineteenth century and that has since moved from inside the building to the built environment as a whole. The origin of the current state of affairs, as Walter Benjamin already […]

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CITYperformance

City Performance The city performs as a stage for its citizens. It creates a home for traditional theatres and other site-specific venues inside its borders, but even more significantly, it becomes a site for place-making that activates the­ rich cultural history embedded in urban spaces. The ongoing expansion of metropolises such as Atlanta, Miami, Houston, […]

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