Atlanta Development Threatens Modernist Buildings

With a history of bulldozing older buildings to accommodate the new, it is not surprising that many modernist structures are threatened by Atlanta's growth. The question remains, are these buildings people want to save?

"In metro Atlanta and around the state, modernist buildings erected from the 1950s to the 1970s -- from featureless slab skyscrapers to wacky cylindrical bank branches â€" are quickly succumbing to the wrecking ball."

"The demise of the architecturally cool, the curious and the offbeat is driven by several factors, say a small group of architects and preservationists. Among them: Atlanta's condo craze and the hunger for prime real estate it creates, especially in Midtown and downtown, and decay (many of the structures are approaching 50)."

Many locals and in-town development boosters see the clearing of non-descript modernist buildings as a sign of progress. But fans of the style fret that Atlanta may one day regret destroying its eclectic mix of modern architectural history.

Full Story: Condos crushing modern buildings


Brand new! Urban Grid City Collection

Each city has its own unique story. Commemorate where you came from or where you want to go.
Grids and Guide Red book cover

Grids & Guides

A notebook for visual thinkers. Available in red and black.

Stay thirsty, urbanists

These sturdy water bottles are eco-friendly and perfect for urbanists on the go.
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!