Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Midterm Presentation

Concept Statement:

Our goal is to develop a transit oriented site which will connect two highly important transportation systems in the city of Atlanta without disturbing the historical district of Washington Park. Our design principles throughout the project are focused on the ideas of movement and rhythm. The urban scheme draws upon solid and void relationships by providing exterior plazas and green spaces between the buildings.

We also sought to establish important circulation paths which would tie the exterior spaces together. In reaction to the predominently residential surroundings, our design concept is mindful of the issues of scale and materials.

In addition to the MARTA rail stations we have made a conscious effort to develop a program which will enhance commercial activity that is suitable for the residents of the neighborhood as well as the daily commuter. Finally, we felt that it was important to give back to the community through the new development. The presence of an African American Cultural Center would give the members of the community a place to congregate for social events and educate people about the rich history of the Washington Park neighborhood.

Monday, September 26, 2005


Instructor: Dr. William Carpenter

Student: Greg Watford

Below are some of the projects that we have worked on during the semester. All of the projects listed below have been both challenging and rewarding for me as a student and as a designer.

2x Forum - 8-29-05

The purpose of this exercise was to transform a 2 x 4 x 8' piece of wood into an artifact. My intention was to design an artifact which would serve a practical function as well as maintain a pleasing aesthetic and sculptural quality.

As a result of my functional and aesthetic concerns I decided to design a display stand. My process began with conceptual sketches. I allowed the sketches to dictate the initial direction of my design but it was the design/build process which would decide the ultimate form of the design. As a result of the unique hands-on characteristics of this project, I learned much about methods of joinery and wood construction.

Beltline Transit Station

The Beltline project was conceived as a thesis project by a student at Georgia Tech by the name of Ryan Gravel. The project was based on a proposal that several abandonded rail stations located throughout the city in key locations be tied together in by a light rail transit system. The light rail transit would be accompanied by a linear park as well as a bike trail and ample green space to facilitate a low impact on the affected neighborhoods. The purpose of the beltline would be to connect many of the once booming neighborhoods of Atlanta by means other than automobile.

As students, our project is to select one of the transit station sites and to develop a program and functional design based on the site analysis and functional
requirements of the project.

Washington Park

Located on the West side of Atlanta are many culturaly significant neighborhoods surrounding Washington Park. The area surrounding Washington Park is mostly residential and is inhabited predominantly by people of African- American descent. Before the civil rights movement of the early 1960's, the Washington Park area was used as a "color line" or a barrier which divided black and white neighborhoods. Now, with the possibility of the Beltline Project bringing in many new travelers to the neighborhood, Washington Park is ready for a resurgance.