Midtown Alliance and Georgia Tech recently charged a team of architecture students to explore the possibilities of sustainable design for a publicly accessible gathering space in Midtown. The outcome? A unique prototype for an “eco living room” at the Midtown MARTA station.
Guided by the principles of Midtown Alliance’s community-driven Greenprint plan, their concept serves as a thoughtstarter for sustainable public spaces that contribute to advancing Midtown as an urban, innovative, and resource-efficient EcoDistrict. The project served as one of Georgia Tech’s first Architecture Incubator Workshops, a new series of courses intended to test new ideas and explore interdisciplinary, collaborative forms of design and research.
Students focused their conceptual design around the Midtown MARTA Station, a connectivity hub for rail lines, local and regional buses, and the Tech Trolley. The group brainstormed ways to improve the experience for riders by transforming the station’s walkway and waiting zone into a gathering space. Among recommended enhancements, the team proposed adding a lawn area, seating and walls made from recycled sidewalk concrete, and solar panels as a power source for station lighting.