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 is working with the City and local universities 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.
Adhering to Rebuild’s model of collaborative research and design, the competition will kickoff with an event in January 2018 where students will learn about the history of the drive and surrounding area, as well case studies of multi-benefit resilience infrastructure that were derived from similar challenges. During the research phase, there will be opportunities for residents, businesses, and stakeholders to give design feedback to inform the final proposal. The winning design proposal will be chosen by a Jury and the entirety or portion of the winning submission will be implemented beginning in Summer 2018 into the Ted Turner Drive Resilience Corridor.