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John Portman’s Atlanta, Asian skylines assessed anew in A Life of Building

For jaded downtown urbanites, one emotion will likely dominate Wednesday at 8 p.m. as filmmaker Ben Loeterman’s visually dazzling documentary “John Portman: A Life of Building” has its Georgia broadcast premiere on GPB — Guilt.
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50 Most Influential Atlantans: John Portman

With futuristic vision and unfettered ambition, John Portman shaped the Downtown Atlanta skyline. The Georgia Tech architecture grad dreamed up the second-tallest hotel in the western hemisphere, the cylindrical Westin Peachtree Plaza.

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