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The Atlanta Design Festival is returning this weekend with a hybrid in-person and virtual held in various locations around the Atlanta metro area. Hosted by Ma! Design is Human since 2007, the event aims to grow the Atlanta Design industry through educational tours and lectures highlighting Atlanta’s best urban, architectural, interior, and furniture design. Previously known as Design is Human Atlanta, the Atlanta Design Festival is returning to form as a city-spanning event after the all-virtual mid-pandemic 2020 edition.
Over the next eight days, attendees will be invited to numerous lectures, both in-person and virtual, with leading designers and decision makers including Georgia State Representative Park Cannon, Dutch design organization Dutch Invertuals, Assistant Director of Atlanta Historic Preservation Doug Young, and dozens of other industry leaders.
The headlining events, however, are the architectural tours. Tomorrow, October 2nd, attendees will be invited to the City of Young Harris to tour The Nest, an all solar community at the Brannon Ridge Reserve. Additionally, The City of Atlanta Planning and Transportation will host a Placemaking and Vision Zero Bike Tour, which will visit new projects such as a parklet and a tactical sidewalk project. Next, on October 3rd, attendees will venture out to Serenbe, a “wellness” community in the outskirts of Atlanta. Finally, next Saturday attendees will be invited to tour various residences and architectural offices around the City of Atlanta.
All of the events for the festival are free, except each of the architectural tours, which require tickets to attend. In addition, masks will be mandatory during all in-person events and inside tour locations. Finally, children under the age of 12 will not be allowed at any events due to COVID concerns. For more information, visit the festival website.