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Robert Green, Arrowhead House

Robert Green, Atlanta’s forgotten master of modern architecture

Robert Green became one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last apprentices as a Taliesin West Fellow. He returned to Atlanta and started a 40-year career, establishing himself as the closest thing to Wright this city has produced—in a state with no buildings by the American icon.
Andrew Young eulogy John Portman memorial service

Andrew Young’s eulogy for John Portman

"He wanted a world where people could be true to themselves and where the clashes of colors were forced upon you and you had to appreciate everything and everybody, different though they may be. Everything he had and everything he did had some powerful social meaning and purpose."
Architect John Portman dies age 93

No architect ever loved Atlanta like John Portman

"All I ever wanted to do in Atlanta was create something that would elevate the city.” Remembering the iconic architect, who died December 29 at age 93.
Mohsen Mostafavi, Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis

Editor’s Note: Buildings are changing Atlanta and the way Atlantans live

Humans shape buildings, but they also shape us. This year’s edition of our annual Groundbreakers Awards is dedicated to visionary architecture. Of course, the soon-to-be-iconic Mercedes-Benz Stadium immediately comes to mind. But more subtle revolutions—New Urbanist communities, historic renovations, sustainable construction—are also changing the way we live.
Hyatt Regency

After 50 years, Hyatt Regency Atlanta is still a downtown icon

When it opened 50 years ago, the Hyatt Regency on Peachtree Street felt like the architectural embodiment of the Space Age. Visitors—14,000 came one opening weekend—gazed up in awe at the 22-story atrium, designed to provide “spatial relief” from the hassles of air travel and city life.
230 Peachtree Belle sculpture

What is that new sculpture outside 230 Peachtree?

We asked passersby what they think Belle, the new sculpture outside John Portman's newly remodeled 230 Peachtree, looks like.
AmericasMart

A look inside AmericasMart Building 3

For eight days each January, tens of thousands of shop owners and retail buyers descend upon John Portman’s brutalist shrine to consumerism for the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnish­ings Market.

Éminences grises: 12 trailblazers who helped shape Atlanta

Including Roy Barnes, Shirley Franklin, Sam Massell, and more
Michael Russell

20. Michael Russell

When the late minority business pioneer H.J. Russell stepped away from his namesake construction company in 2003, his son Michael took his place as CEO (his other son, Jerome, is president).

The Polaris Comes Full Circle

From the moment you push the oval Polaris button inside the glass elevator of the Hyatt Regency, the stomach-flipping wonder returns. In nineteen seconds, you’re rocketed up the atrium’s hanging ivy–accented twenty-two stories, through the roof, and out into the Downtown sky. Then you ascend into the space-pod lounge, hovering 312 feet above the lobby of the forty-seven-year-old hotel.

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