Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fake or Reborn? - Atlanta Station

By Li Haoyang

Atlanta Station is located in Atlanta, Georgia. As a best practice in brownfield revitalization, Atlantic Station is exemplar of sustainable post-industrial redevelopment. The master-planned transformation of an under-utilized steel mill into a mixed-use, transit-oriented community offers a great example of brownfield redevelopment to manage growth sustainably.
Atlanta Station is a “City” built on the top of three-level high garage. The garage is not only garage, but also the foundation. The area is 138 acres. By the high foundation, the material is hard to choose. The developers choose brick façade, which is lighter weight and easy to make a different look of surface, to mimic the real brick. And use ton of expansion joints to connect the different parts of station. Station is built on the garage. The height of soil have limited by the floor layer. Leading to the trees could not have a high type.

The station has two main areas. One is shopping area, anther is residential area. Obviously, it is very successful as a shopping center. It has well known stores, have enough cheap parking space. People like to shop here. They can get the things they want. But talk about the live environment here it has lots of discussion. The wall is fake, the “ground” is fake, and if people need tall trees, they should also fake. If I live there I will also worried about maybe some day the building will fall off to the ground.
Maybe the design makes people feel they live in a fake city. But it is still a try to decrease the density problem of the big city. We do not have enough space on the ground, so we need to use underground and upper level. If it not comfortable to make wall mimic the brick, how about use a new style about the surface? As the result, the shopping mall has become a well-known place in Atlanta. Make a abandoned factory become a center of a area

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