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Forwarded from Georgia Tech:

Getting Real: Why there are no modern, affordable, green homes being built in Atlanta? Or, are they?

Wednesday, February 1st 5 pm
COA Auditorium

M. Scott Ball Design, LLC
Square Feet Studio, Atlanta
Executive Director and CEO of UCDC, Atlanta
Vice President of Project Development, Progressive Redevelopment, Inc. GA

Session Moderator:
Director of Design-build Studio, Community Housing Resource Center, Atlanta

The Architecture Program at Georgia Institute of Technology invites you this Wednesday, February 1st, at 5 pm for an open panel discussion on the local parameters that impact affordable housing. The panel includes two architects: John Bencich and Scott Ball; and two non-profit home builders: Pete Hayley and Shelly Patton. The panelists will bring forward interrelationships among issues such as style, cost, sustainability, and design.

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According to the January 27 – February 2, 2006 Atlanta Business Chronicle, developer John Williams has puchased three buildings across Peachtree Street from the Woodruff Arts Center:

“It is not known what Williams intends to do with the property – three contiguous parcels at 1285, 1293, and 1307 Peachtree St…

Developers note that the buildings – completed between 1955 and 1961 – would not demand rental rates comparable to neighboring properties and are likely to be demolished.”

While these buildings are not particularly distinguished, it is indicative of the ongoing threat of demolition for smaller, aging mid-century sites throughout Midtown Atlanta.

Portman building

It is worth noting that the 1293 Peachtree Street property has been attributed to the office of John Portman in the past (photo: Fulton County Tax Assessor’s office).

Due to overwhelming response, this event is full (seating on a first-come basis). Please join us for upcoming events.

Learn more about historic Modern (and other) resources on and adjacent to the Beltline (more on the Beltline from the Beltline Partnership here).

On The Beltline: A Survey of Historic Resources

February 20, 2006

6:00 PM

Doug Young, Prinicipal Planner with the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and Brandy Morrison, Thurston Fellow for the Atlanta Urban Design Commission will present findings from a survey of historic resources along the proposed route of the Beltline. Among resources identified in the survey are numerous Modern sites. The proposed Beltline is a 22-mile loop of historic railroad right-of-way connecting 45 in-town neighborhoods with parks, transit and trails for commuters, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Where? On the Beltline at 130 A Krog Street, a 1950’s era building, adaptively used as residential condominiums. Directions are available – click here.


In this week’s Creative Loafing (January 18), writer Michael Wall discusses recently built projects in Midtown, focusing on new signature buildings such as Renzo Piano’s High expansion and the wildly successful Metropolis condominium project. Unfortunately rare in the Atlanta press, this type of observation of the built environment helps stimulate sorely needed discussion and debate, as evidenced by comments posted on the Creative Loafing site (click here for article and discussion).
Alcoa Demolition

Other than a brief critique of architect John Portman’s urban planning skills, what Wall doesn’t mention is Atlanta’s great Modern tradition – and the fact that it is disappearing at an alarming rate, as evidenced by previous posts at this site, here, and elsewhere.

Offered by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta:

Masterpieces In Modern Museum Architecture Course
February 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9
Five week course, offered Thursday evenings
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium
This course examines the relationship between art museums and the artworks they contain. With special emphasis on modern art museums, this course will review trends in museum planning and design and will explore the work of noted architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei, and Richard Meier.
The course is $50 for members, $75 for non-members. If you would like to participate please request a registration form or register through the Museum’s website. For more information, please call (404) 733-4464.

Forwarding an announcement you may find interesting:

Subject: You are Invited To the closing evening for local artist, Scott Ingram’s latest work, New Historic Modernism based upon the Wigwam Building, being shown at the Wigwam.

WHAT: Come have a cocktail or two and celebrate this convergence of art and architecture, view the remaining units in the historic Wigwam Building and hear a brief talk on Art Deco Architecture by Uri Vaknin.

WHEN: January 20th 2006 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

WHERE: 589 B Auburn Avenue Atlanta, GA 30312

Solomon Projects and Uri Vaknin, The Art of Real Estate team of Coldwell Banker The Condo Store and Judi Knight/ JC Knight Properties, Inc. are thrilled to host an evening where art and architecture converge. Built in 1940 and completely restored and updated as condos for modern living in 2004, The Wigwam was the recipient of the 2005 Award of Excellence from the Urban Design Commission and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Nestled in the heart of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District, The Wigwam is one of the few buildings in Atlanta that displays International Style Architecture.

“New Historic Modernism”, an installation by Scott Ingram, was inspired by The Wigwam. Scott Ingram, represented by Solomon Projects, uses architecture and modernism in his mixed-media works as a vehicle to present current issues in art and society. Modernism was quickly dismissed and thought of as cold and impersonal, time has given us a different perspective on this recent history and ideas that once seemed radical have become very personal. As part of this evening, Uri Vaknin, recently featured in Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 Under 40, will present an overview of the roots of the International Style/Art Deco architecture.

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The Southern Garden Heritage Conference, sponsored by The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA School of Environmental Design, and the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. is scheduled for February 16-17, 2006 in Athens.

Of special interest to DOCOMOMO members and supporters is “Lessons Learned in the Stewardship of a Historically Significant Modern Garden” presented by the stewards of a James Rose garden in Columbus, Georgia. According to the conference announcement, it is the only known example of a Rose-designed garden in the South.

For more information: Call, write, or email The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605, 706-542-1244,

DOCOMOMO/US Chapter Meeting

January 16 6:00 PM
DOCOMOMO/US, Georgia Chapter Monthly Meeting
Offices of Surber Barber Choate & Hertlein Architects
1776 Peachtree Street, NW

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Modern Georgia on Flickr