UGA wins Ted Turner Drive Resilience Corridor Challenge

One of Atlanta’s most historic corridors, named after one of its most prominent citizens, will undergo a redesign focused on emphasizing its culture, environment and economy thanks to the input of students from the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design, according to a press release. The students were part of a contest sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Resilience for proposals to shape the future of Ted Turner Drive that has been made possible by the recently passed T-SPLOST and portions of their design proposal will be implemented over the next several months.

Focused on five key sustainable strategies, this challenge provided an opportunity for college students to develop a resilient street design to help shape the future of Atlanta in five key areas: water, energy, sustainability, social cohesion, and mobility. Under the guidance of university professors, teams spent five months conducting research, working on design implementation, and canvassing the community.

Participating colleges included: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Student teams representing both Morehouse College and Georgia Tech, tied as the finalist teams. Council member Amir Farokhi awarded the winning team with $2,500 and the finalist teams with $500 each.

Lead implementation partners include Renew Atlanta and the Department of Parks and Recreation, with funding from Turner Enterprises, T-SPLOST and Rebuild by Design.