Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture
critic: Jennifer BONNER (TVS Ventulett Critic)
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Jennifer LEWIS: “Off With Their Heads! Decapitating Atlanta’s Post-Modern Tops.” How can we imagine a new urbanism in Atlanta? Currently the skyline is dominated by exclusive post-modern capped skyscrapers with a failed aim to distinguish themselves and promote an identity for the city. “Off With Their Heads!” is a drastic snipping of the post-modern tops across the city beginning in Midtown. New nonexclusive public spaces will occupy the top floors and allow tourists and native Atlantans to regain control of the city’s skyline.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
JL: Hugh Ferriss, Johnson/Burgee Architects who introduced postmodern architecture to the city, the overwhelming number of lawyers occupying skyscrapers in Atlanta, and the lack of public accessibility to visit these “icons” in the city.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
JL: Some Dirty South artists: Lil’ Jon, Ludacris, Ying Yang Twins, and a personal favorite, Mumford & Sons.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
JL: Mack Scogin & Merrill Elam, Lucio Morini, Herzog & de Meuron, SOM