The greening of Ted Turner Drive, a 1.4 mile roadway that cuts through Downtown Atlanta, is an opportunity to rethink the function and benefits of a transportation corridor. The City has a vision to transform this roadway into a gateway to downtown that will create bikeway infrastructure, allow for a better walking experience, absorb rainwater, mitigate heat, and beautify the public space.
Included in the City of Atlanta’s recently released Urban Resilience Strategy is a focus on five key areas: water, energy, sustainability, social cohesion, and mobility. With this opportunity to create a truly resilient corridor, Rebuild worked with the City and Central Atlanta Progress to develop a student design competition, informed by community and stakeholder input, to solicit ideas for high impact interventions for this stretch of Ted Turner Drive. The challenge is an opportunity to engage local college and university students to share their vision of how resilient street design could shape the future of Atlanta.
Adhering to Rebuild’s model of collaborative research and design, the competition kicked off with a day-long event on January 27, 2018 where students learned about the history of the drive and the city, the Atlanta Resilience Strategy as well as innovations in transportation, watershed management and city design from various Atlanta-based experts and the Chief and Deputy Resilience Officers. During the research phase, residents, businesses, and stakeholders will have opportunities to give their insights on drive and provide feedback that will inform the final proposals. The winning design proposal will be chosen by a jury and the winning submission will begin implementation, whether in its entirety or just a portion, in the Summer of 2018.