TM17 - Exploring America's “Most Diverse Square Mile”

Monday, November 18 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Meet at Tour Desk « Back

Abstract Text:

The city of Clarkston is noted for its ethnic diversity and is often referred to as "the most diverse square mile in America." They have embraced the influx of immigrants and refugees, and Clarkston is held up as an example of what successful integration can look like. Designed through the community’s input and fueled by its own economy, several examples of success will be demonstrated during this tour. Global Growers Network provides aggregation and distribution services that facilitate equitable market access and sales for farmers, while also providing customers with a trusted source for farm-fresh produce. Willow Branch Apartments not only provides an affordable housing option but meets the needs of the community with after school care, homework assistance, healthcare and a community garden. Clarkston Community Center was a 10,000 SF renovation of a historic building on a tight budget. Jolly Ave Development Center and Gardens is a self-funding neighborhood development center created in partnership with local businesses, other non-profits, surrounding property owners and members of the community. This 20,000 SF building will feature groundbreaking innovation in affordable environmental design and construction through a partnership with Southface, the Sustainable Design Collaborative of Atlanta (SDCA) and the Lifecycle Building Center.

Learning Objectives:

Assess the success of integration of immigrants and refugees into the planning of the community and services for Clarkston

Discuss the difference in the design process when a tight budget has to be considered for a community with unique needs

Examine the outcome of the design process used for creating a self-funded developement center and community garden

Discuss the collaboration needed to design facilities and services that address the whole community


Event Type: Tour > Session