What do the Atlanta BeltLine and Le Grand Paris, President Nicolas Sarkozy’s vision for metropolitan Paris, have in common?
Both are bold, long-term, potentially transformative projects intending to link and regenerate disparate areas through infrastructure: parks and transportation. And both are the subject of “Grand Plans/Everyday Life: Le Grand Paris/Atlanta BeltLine,” an international symposium at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture, which brings together French and American politicians, academics, professionals and community members for a series of talks and panel discussions on Saturday, December 4.
The brainchild of architecture school associate dean Sabir Khan, it is also intended as a launching pad for a university-wide study of the BeltLine. The event is free, but advance registration is required. Click here for a complete schedule of speakers and to register.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, one of the city’s thriving grass-roots organizations, will hold its fifth annual open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on the same day, Saturday, December 4. The group will unveil its annual Collectors Print, a multi-block relief print by Stephanie Smith. Among other offerings, it will conduct a printing demonstration on the Vandercook Press. The open house will also be an opportunity to see its current exhibition: “Deep Fried & Delicious,” banners made from prints made at 11 schools and art centers and printed by a real steamroller.