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Students unveil concept of lidding, crossing downtown connector

Georgia Institute Of Technology : 27 April, 2001  (New Product)
In early December 2000, Gov. Roy Barnes made public his desire to see a plaza or park structure built across Atlanta's Downtown Connector at 5th Street, a structure that would link the Georgia Tech campus to land east of the Connector.
In early December 2000, Gov. Roy Barnes made public his desire to see a plaza or park structure built across Atlanta's Downtown Connector at 5th Street, a structure that would link the Georgia Tech campus to land east of the Connector.

During spring 2001, three graduate-level design studios in the Institute's College of Architecture explored the possibility of this idea by developing proposals for various lids, crossings and adjacent structures. Although the studios primarily serve academic purposes for the education of future architects, the faculty and students hope that their work will contribute to decisions being made in the near future by many community stakeholders, including Georgia Tech, the Midtown Alliance, the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia.

One studio examined infrastructure options for crossing or bridging the Connector at various points between 5th and 10th Streets. Another studied high-density housing options between West Peachtree Street and the Georgia Tech campus. Students in a third studio examined issues related to parks and public space and how they might be created, signified and identified in Midtown.

At the upcoming open house, the students and their professors will be available for any questions the public might have about their designs. Among them will be Assistant Professor Thanos Economou, Associate Professor Richard Dagenhart, Associate Professor Harris Dimitropoulis, Laura Heery with The Brookwood Group and Ellen Dunham-Jones, director of Georgia Tech's Architecture Program.

There will be an award celebration and barbecue to follow the open house. Parking is available for a small fee at the corner of State Street and Ferst Drive.
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