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Phoenix Flies, the Atlanta Preservation Center’s annual event that includes tours of historic places in Atlanta, is in full swing this month. One of the more than 90 events taking place during the festival includes the “MARTA-tecture” tour, highlighting the architecture in and around several MARTA rail stations.

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The Atlanta Urban Design Commission calls the former Trust Company of Georgia building at 2160 Monroe Drive NE historic. It will be considered for landmark designation by Atlanta City Council on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
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The "round bank" building in Piedmont Heights may soon become a city of Atlanta landmark.

The city's Urban Design Commission meets Wednesday evening to discuss the fate of the building whose design was once a modern trendsetter for banks.

David Southerland, executive director of the Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects, said the round bank building design was unique to Atlanta in the 1960s and spread around the Southeast soon after.

“There's only one or two left in the region, so it's important to keep it," Southerland said.

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An opening in Midtown got a lot of people talking recently. It wasn't a new restaurant or art gallery. It was a QuikTrip.

The chain’s first gasless store opened on Peachtree Street late last month to a crowd, said Michael Kahn, an architect for Rosser International and editor for Curbed Atlanta.

While in other cities, like New York, there are plenty of walkable corner stores, serving prepared food, the concept is new to Atlanta, Kahn said.

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Being invited to show artwork at Venice's Biennale would be considered a career highlight by many, and two Atlanta-based artists are among those holding that honor.

The bi-annual contemporary visual art and architecture exhibition opened among the canals and plazas of the Italian city in late May. The work of William Carpenter, architect and founder of design firm Lightroom, and sculptor Bojana Ginn, titled "Presence," is currently on exhibit at the famed event. 

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Atlanta's City Council passed a nonbinding resolution Monday calling for construction of a new Central Library building downtown.

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Some cities have bridges that are considered iconic and even draw tourists: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, or maybe the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

Atlanta’s bridges, on the other hand, don't usually receive much attention, even from the city’s residents.

But that might be changing, according to Rosser International architect and Curbed Atlanta editor Michael Kahn.

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The future of the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library may be in limbo.

Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts has called for a new, flashier building in its spot, which is located on Margaret Mitchell Square. While the chairwoman of the Library Board of Trustees, Stephanie Moody, said in a recent meeting that it should be replaced with a smaller downtown branch instead. 

Georgia 400
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Imagine if the interstates crisscrossing Atlanta were topped with greenspace.

With its proposed nine-acre park over Georgia-400, the Buckhead Community Improvement District could make that happen in Atlanta’s affluent but park-deficient neighborhood. The group has already put out a call for design proposals and will decide whether to advance the Buckhead park idea as early as this month.

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The Atlanta BeltLine has spurred new developments in the Intown neighborhoods that border it, from Inman Park to Old Fourth Ward. But little of that growth has spread farther north to Ponce De Leon Avenue — until now, that is.

Rosser International Architect and Curbed Atlanta editor Michael Kahn says the street, somewhat neglected in recent decades, is now beginning to show signs of change.

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It would be understandable if Atlanta residents dread visits from their friends who live in New York City.

After all, New Yorkers might complain about how spread out the city is or comment on the absence of bodegas on every block. Maybe they would also point out how Atlanta’s transit system isn’t as comprehensive as theirs.

But if one New York architect’s opinion is any measure, Atlantans may actually have nothing to worry about.

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Long the land of parking lots and little economic development, downtown Atlanta might be changing.

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It's hard to walk a block in Midtown Atlanta without encountering some new development. In fact, Curbed Atlanta estimates there are more than 40 projects underway or recently completed in the neighborhood. Several of them are on Atlanta's most famous street: Peachtree Street.

With all the construction, it can be easy to forget that Peachtree Street was once just about abandoned by developers.

Jiyoung Lee

Some of the most cherished characters in fiction are sociopaths.

Take Jay Gatsby, Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes or Dean from "On The Road.” They are not exactly pillars of empathy.

Local filmmaker Jiyoung Lee created her own sociopath in her recent film "Female Pervert." It played at the Atlanta Film Festival in March.

It follows the bizarre dating life of a woman named Phoebe, played by Jennifer Kim, who hasn't quite figured out how to behave appropriately towards anyone.