ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed, Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane and Jamestown LP CEO Matt Bronfman joined city leaders and community stakeholders today for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ponce City Market to celebrate the opening of the Atlanta City Studio.
The Atlanta City Studio is the first pop-up urban design laboratory focused on shaping the future of city neighborhoods. The event provided the public with its first opportunity to meet the City Studio project team and experience the space, which includes rotating exhibits about Atlanta neighborhoods and innovative urban design concepts. The studio will also serve as a way to connect Atlanta’s diverse communities.
“The City of Atlanta is experiencing unprecedented growth, and the creation of the Atlanta City Design Studio will be critical to assisting us in planning for our City’s future,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “We intend to give Atlanta residents and stakeholders from all across the city the opportunity to share their ideas and interact with our team, which will help us make the City of Atlanta the best possible place to live, work and realize your dreams.”
The Atlanta City Studio will remain at Ponce City Market for six months, after which it will relocate twice per year so residents across the City can experience the interactive and innovative concept. It is designed to serve as a space for incubation and collaboration where visitors, residents, design professionals and curious urbanists can connect. The pop-up space be staffed by a team of City planners, architects and transportation professionals and will host lectures, book talks, film series, open forums, urban art presentations and other neighborhood and design components.
“This is as much about people as it is design,” said Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane. “The Atlanta City Studio will help manage the design elements of our changing city experiences, and community engagement and involvement will be an integral part of this process.”
“At Jamestown, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the fabric of the cities we invest in with project like Ponce City Market that reinvigorate neighborhoods and provide opportunities for jobs and community,” said Matt Bronfman, CEO of Jamestown LP. “Working with the City of Atlanta has always been crucial to the success of Ponce City Market and we are excited to continue that partnership.”