MARC 521. Nia Damgova. “Foreign to Feature.” Atlanta, Georgia. Spring 2020.
A comprehension deficit of diverse cultural backgrounds can lead to confusion, fear and conflict. Participation in pluralistic societies depends on mutual understanding and tolerance. Nestled in downtown Atlanta, this revitalization of a once iconic yet deteriorating park into a Center for Cultural Exchange utilizes site topography and retaining walls to carve out an urban landscape of a renewed celebration of the city’s diversifying culture and spirit. The proposed network of spaces facilitates a multiplicity of exchange methods and levels of contact, and stimulates a social structure that builds understanding and celebrates cultural wealth while respecting the autonomy of the individual.