|Chris McIntosh, David Hansen, Delia Gott, Jahim Baskerville|
(Photo Courtesy of Chris McIntosh)
BAC NOMAS Goes to Atlanta :: Day 2
by Christopher McIntosh, Vice President, BAC NOMAS
|Opening Remarks (Photo Courtesy of Chris McIntosh)|
|Rural Studio (Photo Courtesy of Auburn University)|
The number $20K refers to total cost of construction of the house, from gathering materials to site placement, to user ownership. The project is driven by economics, environmental responsibility, and the idea that people should “have pride in where they live.” Their goal continues to be to “become a neighbor and facilitator” and be a model for social change through design. Rural Studio has also done several public projects including renovations to the Safe House Black History Museum and Lions Park, both in Greensboro, Alabama. Check out more of their work here.
|David Hansen & Delia Gott (Photo Courtesy of Chris McIntosh)|
|MLK Center (Photo Courtesy of Chris McIntosh)|
Panel members included Ryan Gravel, Design Manager for the Beltline at Perkins+Will, whose 1999 Master’s thesis at Georgia Tech was the seed that ultimately became what the Beltline is today. Other panel members included Anthony Pickett, Executive Director of the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative, and Tyrone Williams, Senior Development Director for Sustainable Neighborhood Development Strategies, Inc.
Discussion included ways to combat gentrification in redeveloped neighborhoods around the Beltline through community land trusts, a sustainable model for home ownership in lower-income areas. We came away learning that repurposing existing infrastructure is a very sustainable model for helping to develop a new typology of an urban neighborhood. It was also inspiring to see a diverse range of panelists, all with an architectural design education, taking very different career paths within the industry.