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How Machines Capture Atlanta's Hidden Architecture

Young designer creates "architectural drawing machines for Atlanta"

As Field Note Fridays taught us last year, architecture in Atlanta is about much more than buildings.

Last night the Atlanta chapter of American Institute of Architects delved into the cerebral side of the field at the quasi-annual Emerging Voices event, showcasing part of their Young Architects Forum program. The honoree this year was Christina Shivers, who gave a talk on her project that's part of a weeklong exhibition at ADAC to highlight the talent of young practitioners in the city.

A designer at local firm plexus r+d, Shivers graduated from Georgia Tech just last year. But more than an architectural practitioner, she serves as a professor of architecture at Kennesaw State University and engages in a wide range of research and exhibition design.

The premise of the exhibit was the expression of spaces often overlooked within the context of daily life in Atlanta. Hiding in plain sight, the locations included The Gulch, two forgotten cemeteries, and Alonzo Herndon Stadium at Morris Brown College. Through exploration, drawings, and the creation of machines to measure an aspect of each site that piqued her interest, Shivers highlighted the history and use of spaces that may otherwise be regarded as inconsequential.

The exhibit is open at ADAC (itself an architectural wonder, designed by John Portman) in Peachtree Hills through Friday. Definitely worth checking out.

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