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HKS Design Fellowship Atlanta


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“The Main Street Academy upholds community partnerships, parental involvement and core values that encourage students to develop into global thinkers and life-long learners.� Stacy Kerber Parent & TMSA Governance Board Member

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WHAT IS THE HKS DESIGN FELLOWSHIP? 9 THIS YEAR’S CHALLENGE 10 PROCESS: THINKING WITH HANDS 18 THE FINAL VISION 38 ENGAGING COMMUNITY 53 5


ATLANTA DESIGN FELLOWS TEAM MEMBERS

Ana Hercules ATLANTA: COMMERICIAL

Elise LaPaglia ATLANTA: HEALTHCARE INTERN

Maria Vazquez SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE

Lauren Boiler CLEMSON UNIVERSITY, ARCHITECTURE

Gunjan Sharma SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN, FINE ARTS

Joseph Martin CLEMSON UNIVERSITY, ARCHITECTURE

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GUNJAN Fellows represent HKS’s talent within the company & its outreach to univsersities. 7


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WHAT IS THE HKS DESIGN FELLOWSHIP? he HKS Design Fellowship is an T annual event to donate our talent, time and resources to engage our community in conversation about design and its place in the our world.

This is an architectural design competition on steroids. The winners, the HKS Design Fellows, earn an opportunity to bring design excellence to non-profit organizations with high need. Over the course of three days, the Fellows HKS employees and students from all over the world- brainstorm, research, design and present their visions to the community partner.

Our mission is to recognize and cultivate emerging design talent by stimulating new ideas and deepening our design ethos across our global offices. As an industry leader, HKS’s support for the HKS Design Fellowship elevates the practice of design for our clients and our communities.

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THE MAIN STREET ACADEMY HISTORY & DESIGN CHALLENGE he Main Street Academy was formed T by a group of concerned citizens, who live and work in the Tri-Cities area - East

Point, College Park & Hapeville, Georgia. A combined effort between businesses and community members - the group worked diligently for four years to usher in a new era of quality education in the Tri-Cities. Like many charter schools, The Main Street Academy started operations in church facilities. Both churches built in the early 1900s are located in Historic College Park, an older Atlanta suburb. With such a demand for its services, the school wanted design assistance to visualize its future. 10

THE DESIGN CHALLENGE The six Fellows were tasked with visualizing The Main Street Academy’s future home. The Fellows not only needed to visualize the physical setting, they were tasked with addressing the issue of a neighborhood school within a “transitional” part of Atlanta. The Fellows were to give form to the school’s mission - both academically and socially. They had less than 36 hours to present their ideas to the school board and other public officials. VISIT THE MAIN STREET ACADEMY WEBSITE AT: WWW.THEMAINSTREETACADEMY.COM


BY THE NUMBERS he challenge for the Tri-Cities T community is not one borne from the lack of community engagement, but one of public perception. Like many older suburbs south of Downtown Atlanta, the Tri-Cities must grapple with perception of unsafe conditions. Though demographic statistics from the surrounding environ perpetuate this perception, community members like those who founded The Main Street Academy, are writing their own narrative and stabilizing their own neighborhoods.

2010 School Enrollment for Georgia ( Population Age +6): Public School - 18 Private School - 2%

2010 School Enrollment for College Park (Population Age +6): Public School - 21% Private School - 1%

2010 Population by Age for College Park: Median Age - 29 years Age 0-17 years - 27% Age 18-34 years - 34%

Population 21%

since 2000 for Georgia:

Population 11%

since 2000 for College Park:

Crime Risk Index for Georgia: Robbery Risk Index - 112 Assault Risk Index - 89 Larceny Risk Index - 123 Motor Vehicle Theft Risk Index - 119

Crime Risk Index for College Park: Robbery Risk Index - 460 Assault Risk Index - 405 Larceny Risk Index - 367 Motor Vehicle Theft Risk Index - 721

2010 Population by Age for Georgia: Median Age - 33 years Age 0-17 years - 27% Age 18-34 years - 26%

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I pledge today to do my best. In reading, math and all the rest.

I promise to obey the rules,

In my class and in my school.

I respect myself and others too.

I expect the best in all I do.

I am here to learn each and every day,

I am the proud image of TMSA!

– The main street academy creed

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A VISION REFLECTS REGIONAL DESIRES... 14


SITE

EAST POINT

HAPEVILLE

COLLEGE PARK

PROXIMITY MAP 15


& LOCAL LIMITS OF SITE & PROGRAM. 16


SITE ANALYSIS 17


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“For me, it’s the act of drawing that allows the hand to come into accord with the heart.” Samuel Mockbee

Architect & Educator, Rural Studio

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“We wanted to create a formal vocabulary for the school - based on the neighborhood architecture.� Ana Hercules

HKS Design Fellow

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SITE DIAGRAMS 40


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SITE PLAN 42


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SITE SECTIONS 44


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FLOOR PLAN 46


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“All material in nature, the mountains and the streams and the air and we, are made of Light...� Louis Khan Architect

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“Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to...� Thomas Jefferson Elightenment Thinker & US President

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he HKS Design Fellowship is a yearly event when we donate our talent, skills, time and resources to help make our communities a better place. This is an architectural design competition on steroids, and the prize is a better community

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“What should young people do with their lives today? ... The most daring thing is to create stable communities...� Kurt Vonnegut

Novelist & Playwright

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IN MEMORIAM: JACK M. FORD “In a sentence, a subject must have a verb...” At the final review of this book, Jack sat me down and extolled these simple words. During the revision process, I saturated the book with pages upon pages of sketches and renderings. I wanted to show the complete breadth of the Fellowship and showcase the hard work. With his simple red pen, he calmly skimmed through the pages and crossed-out the irrelevant pages. When he crossed-out an image I believed to be relevant, he argued that I wrote a partial sentence. “In a sentence, a subject must have a verb. It will have an ending and a beginning.” His sage advice has continually helped me create beauty in my work. I and all those who he has touched during the Fellowship and his years at HKS will always remember him for his beautiful fanaticism. We miss you Jack Ford. HKS DESIGN FELLOWSHIP

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