Atlanta magazine teamed up with the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to present a new perspective on buildings in the heart of our city. After all, who better than architects to appreciate the details of an urban landscape we often take for granted? Founded in 1906, AIA Atlanta includes more than 1,600 architects and design professionals, some of whom submitted photos capturing the rich cityscape. See how many of the buildings you can name!
If you can identify the 16 local landmarks (helpful hints are provided), you could win a free weekend on the town courtesy of Downtown’s historic Ellis Hotel, as well as passes to some of the city’s most engaging attractions.
“When people ask me to explain the South, I usually don’t have an answer beyond saying it’s too big, complex, and varied to pin down easily—or at all. If I’m asked about our editorial mission, I say it is to “explore the South,” which is meant to convey a few things, including that we don’t expect or claim to know everything about the South. Who can know everything about it? The South keeps changing and surprising even as it’s studied. … If Garden & Gun just stuck to its, well, Pistils & Pistols, and merely revealed, with freshened-up accuracy, which elite group it is that they serve (versus claiming that they speak for all), even my snarkiness would dissipate. Such directness on their part wouldn’t even have to be costly—or sweeping. It could be achieved with a tweaking of the motto that appears on every G&G cover. This motto debuted in 2007 as “21st Century Southern America.” Then it was changed to: “Soul of the New South.” Then it was changed to: “Soul of the South.” Change it one last time and the truth shall set us free. Change it to: “The Soul of the Old South.””—Oxford American editor Marc Smirnoff’s dismantling of Garden & Gun is totally cutting, totally smart and totally overdue. It makes me proud to be a Southerner as well as an OA contributor. (via rachael-maddux)
"OpenPlans launched an online project for Valentine’s Day called Beautiful Streets, which they’re hoping to use to crowd-source data on streetscapes from, fittingly, the City of Brotherly Love. Using pairwise surveys – a technique we’ve also highlighted to gaugeperceptions of street safety – the Beautiful Streets site literally asks people, “do you prefer the street on the left or the right?”
Viewers are asked to pick between two images (or “skip this one”) from a random pairing of 200 streets taken from Google Street View around Philadelphia.”
This is the kind of thing I do for fun. Don’t judge.