Atlanta: City of the Future


Atlanta-based firm Praxis3a€"and the local offices of San Franciscoa€™s EDAW; Kansas City, Mo.a€™s BNIM; and Wakefield, Mass.-based Metcalf & Eddya€" partnered in the History Channela€™s City of the Future competition. They had seven days to formulate a 100-year plan for Atlanta. Online voters chose their entry, which beat out plans to transform Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

a€oeWe created as simple a story as possible,a€A says the teama€™s leader, Eric Bishop, a senior associate of EDAW, an international engineering, architecture, and planning firm. a€oeAnything we proposed had to be viable today. There was just an elegant simplicity to it.a€A The proposal was sweeping in its recommendations. Rivers will resurface, dense residential corridors will be built along existing transportation routes, and trees will pop up everywhere in between. Green rooftops will reduce water run-off , while greywater systems will be implemented to reduce water consumption. These eff orts are designed to spur significant long-term solutions.

Atlantaa€™s development and planning communities seem to be listening. The plan, dubbed a€oeThe City in the Forest,a€A is serving as a jumping-off point for a citywide sustainability program that is currently in the works. a€oeThere are a lot of complex issues coming down the roada€"energy, water, climate changea€"
that we need to be prepared to confront,a€A Bishop says.

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Posted: September 16th, 2008
at 5:17am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: architecture,competitions,development

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