By David Pendered
Now that the Atlanta City Design Project is nearing completion, Atlanta is making arrangements to present the proposal to stakeholders in a 410-page book that’s to be as expansive as the massive proposal to plan for the city’s next 20 years of anticipated growth and development.
Atlanta’s Department of City Planning has spent the past 18 months designing for Atlanta to be the kind of place current residents want it to be in 2037.
The book, to be completed by Nov. 1, is to relate that vision in a presentation rich with graphics and a design as distinctive as the plan itself, according to the request for proposals the city released July 11.
A pre-proposal conference with prospective bidders was slated for Tuesday at Atlanta City Hall. Bidders got to review the book in its draft form. Proponents have until July 26 to submit their bids.
Ryan Gravel, whose vision for a transit path spurred the creation of the Atlanta BeltLine, has been overseeing the Atlanta City Design Project under the guidance of Atlanta Planning Commissioner Tim Keane. Keane commenced the project soon after taking his position in July 2015. Keane came from Charleston, S.C., where he oversaw planning, preservation and sustainability in that historic and culturally rich city.
Like the BeltLine, the vision for the design project is both inspirational and aspirational.
Gravel’s presentation includes language such as:
- “The first premise of the Atlanta City Design is that the city is going to change. That not changing is not an option. That our change will involve significant growth. And that if properly designed, growth can be a powerful tool for shaping the Atlanta we want to become.
- “The second premise is that almost always, more people are better than fewer. That a diverse population is better than a homogenous one. And that the most strategic scenario for growth includes everyone.”
The Atlanta City Design, if adopted, is to reach into the farthest corners of Atlanta’s future growth. Here’s how the RFP describes the future role of the design project:
- “The first major milestone of the Atlanta City Design will be 410‐page book that details the City’s identity and values, the project’s urgency and the proposed design for our future City. The Atlanta City Design book will guide other City and agency initiatives such as the Comprehensive Transportation Plan update, future Comprehensive Development Plan updates, affordable housing strategies, etc. The DCP plans to complete the production of the book by November 1st 2017.”
Then the RFP summarizes the project:
- “The working draft has been produced by the Atlanta City Studio in collaboration with Ryan Gravel and is currently 410 pages in length and rich with graphic content. The DCP wishes to engage a print production company that can offer pre‐production and production services including finishing and binding. The DCP is looking for production process and materials recommendations that ensure quality and distinction for the book. The DCP is specifically looking for creative recommendations that can elevate the current cover design. The DCP has refrained from providing a design for the book wrap to allow creative freedom for the proposing teams.”
The RFP asks bidders to provide proposals for hard cover textbooks, soft cover text books, and book wraps. Quantities include 500 books, 1,000 books and 1,500 books.
Books are to measure 8 inches by 10 inches, have four-color printing, and 51 percent of the pages are full bleed – meaning that when the book is open two pages will present one image or theme.