Urban Design Pop-Up Studio Is The City’s Latest In Planning Strides

Space will operate inside Ponce City Market for 6 months.

Concept to operate inside Ponce City Market for six months.

A new urban design pop-up studio is the latest in City of Atlanta’s strides in encouraging better urban design.

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Earlier this year, the Mayor’s office launched the Atlanta City Design Project, an initiative intended to guide decisions on development of the city. For the project, Mayor Kasim Reed appointed architect, planner, and Beltline visionary Ryan Gravel as the overseer.

The initiative followed another huge step towards smart growth when at the end of 2015, Reed enlisted Tim Keane, a former Charleston city planner, as Atlanta’s Commissioner for the Department of Planning and Community Development.

Now, all of the above along with Jamestown CEO Matt Bronfman are inaugurating the new pop-up concept, called City Studio.

Jodi Mansbach, Former Vice President of Development and Sustainability at Jamestown is also presumably involved in the project, as permits for the space were filed in her name.

The studio is located inside Ponce City Market, on the second floor across from Elk Head Clothing, according to a statement issued by the Mayor’s office.

The space is intended to serve as an “incubator, workspace and meeting place for residents, visitors, design professionals and curious urbanists to connect and share ideas, as well as development plans.”

“It will help us build a vision for what Atlantans want the City of Atlanta to be, not just for our generation, but for generations to come,” Mayor Reed said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning.

The urban design pop-up studio will remain at Ponce City Market for about six months before relocating to another spot in the City. In doing so, the Mayor’s office hopes that residents city-wide can experience the interactive concept.

Hours of operation will be from Tuesday through Friday 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. and Saturday 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M, according to Jewanna Gaither, Press Information Officer for the Mayor’s Office of Communications.

This post has been updated. Hours of operation and concept’s name details were added 5/23 at 3:36 PM.

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Julia Sirb

Julia studied Urban Planning and Economic Development at GSU's School of Policy Studies. She is interested in the way a city's built environment, policy decisions, and economy work together to shape its culture. When not typing, she's writing calligraphy or looking for the next great shot through the lens of her medium format film camera.

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  1. It is not clear what goes on here in regards to just the ordinary citizen walking in, and the article doesn’t say the days and times its open.

    1. Hours of operation will be Tuesday – Friday 10 A.M. – 8 P.M. and Saturday from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M.

  2. I’m glad the city’s finally getting on board with smarter development… It’s been a long time coming. Atlanta can be the next destination in the south for jobs, industry, etc, but only if it catches up to the preferences and demands of the newer generations.

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