Future Green Studio

Atlanta

South Downtown Master Plan

Atlanta, GA

Design

Future Green has been invited to collaborate with a select group of prestigious Architects, Landscape Architects and Urban Planners to envision a comprehensive master plan to revitalize historic South Downtown Atlanta with a vibrant future.

Formerly the commercial center and railroad hub of the city, the neighborhood currently boasts many charming historic buildings and an emergent arts character, but is largely fragmented by a patchwork of abandoned buildings, vacant lots and fields of paved parking. Our analysis focused on strategies for streamlining circulation corridors; prioritizing pedestrian experience and public transportation; and identifying opportunities for repurposing historic buildings, new development and services, public parks, plazas and streetscape improvements.

Future Green further developed design concepts for five distinct areas radiating from the Five Points MARTA Station, an armature of green infrastructure links ten blocks of Peachtree, Spring and Alabama Streets and more than three acres of new park and plaza space with diverse programming opportunities.

The streets showcase a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly realm with widened sidewalks and feature flexible café areas, bench seating and trellis archway lighting features nestled into lush streetscape gardens. Arterial streets also integrate dedicated bus and HOV lanes to streamline traffic flow.

Neighborhood park spaces feature groves of shade trees, flexible seating, public artworks and open lawn for casual lounging and recreation. A range of open plaza spaces provide a public beer garden, open-air concert and dance venue, communal yoga deck, as well as farmer and artist markets. Collectively, these design initiatives serve to create a dynamic framework for the downtown community to grow together and establish a unique identity.