People do care.
About 300 Atlantans attended the first of two nights of presentations of potential designs for the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Three architectural teams unveiled their designs over three hours Tuesday evening (the remaining two will make their presentations tonight) at the American Cancer Society’s headquarters building.
In an email exchange after the meeting, Doug Shipman, executive director, was obviously pleased with the attendance and hopeful that the community will come to a consensus on a design for the center.
“No matter what — great turnout, eh?” Shipman wrote. “Fun to see that many people interested.”
That’s what happens when people are invited into the planning process.
The center’s leaders selected five finalists to submit their designs for a 90,000 square foot green building to be built on the same block as the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.
The three teams making presentations Tuesday evening were:
• Polshek Partnership Architects of New York with Atlanta partners — Cooper Carry and Stanley Love-Stanley;
• Huff + Gooden Architects of New York with partner Hammel Green and Abrahamson of Minneapolis working with the Atlanta firm of Smith Dahlia; and
• Moody-Nolan of Columbus, Ohio working with Antoine Predock of Albuquerque and the Atlanta firm of Goode Van Slyke.
The remaining two teams will make their presentations tonight:
• Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York working with the Atlanta firm of Stanley Beaman & Sears; and
• Freelon Group of Durham, N.C. and partner HOK of Atlanta.
Architectural firms don’t really like design competitions because they require a great amount of upfront work with no guarantee of getting the job.
But we are the beneficiaries by being able to look inside the minds of top architects. It broadens our minds by helping us see the striking interpretations of how the center should be designed.
Once I’ve seen all five presentations, I’ll share my thoughts. Until then, just let me enjoy being part of a community that cares.