Urbanism, in a nutshell, is a lifestyle – a city lifestyle. City life requires a lot of planning and good design implementation. As demand for a classic city life increases in Atlanta, there have been several projects continually evolving to allow for the romanticism we all think about as an ideal urban lifestyle; walking in parks, shopping at local markets and deep conversations at the coffee shop around the corner. The beltline is a great example.
Atlanta currently has a density of 630 people per square mile and is the 9th largest city population in the US. For Atlanta to implement sustainable living tactics, while also improving the quality of living will be a unique and continual struggle not experienced in other urban areas. Atlanta’s geography resembles the characteristics of lower density suburban areas (suburban sprawl post) yet is considered to be a higher density urban area due to its estimated population of 5.2 million. In other words, Atlanta has a lot of people that demand a big city’s benefits and services for living in a big city, yet, Atlanta’s geography is sprawling, and these city benefits and services are in many cases, fragmented, sparse and not available to the city as a whole entity. Atlanta’s challenges are those of both low and high-density areas.
Walkability to most describes the ability to walk from one point to another with ease. In Atlanta this means redeveloping the habit of looking both ways even when strolling down a sidewalk; if there even is a sidewalk.
As we wrote in our first post titled “Atlanta, Where Urbanism and Sub-burbism Collide”, Atlanta is an elongated, suburban version of a dense US city making it different amongst cities like New York, Boston and DC. Atlanta is less dense in areas, making parts seem more suburban than urban. There is a lack of cohesive connection from one part of Atlanta to another.
In the role of architects there are many responsibilities and liabilities. Our goals are creating spaces that exceed our clients’ expectations, designing a safe environment, managing and designing to a budget and creating an environment and design that is sustainable throughout time. Creating a safe space and managing to the goal budget both dovetail together: usage of safe materials and limiting waste. Limiting waste takes research and planning.
In Atlanta, we have the unique challenge of balancing the amount of building/hardscape coverage with the amount of permeable surfaces for a project. When it rains in Atlanta, it’s easy to find flash flooding, rain flows resembling level 5 river rapids flowing down streets, overwhelmed storm drains, and creeks that look like rivers. The flooding disables the city and pollutes our water sources.
The devastating effects of the flash flood can be mitigated through an increased focus on changes to runoff velocities and volumes, and proper urban growth planning. Architects can play a big role in managing water runoff for cities. Architects must continue to educate themselves on how to design highly effective rain collection and distribution designs and systems to help alleviate water runoff.The basic idea is to keep your storm water on your property
By following sustainable design principles, designers can contribute to the reduction of negative environmental impacts. As a licensed architecture and interior design firm, we’ve taken an oath to design responsibly and sustainably.
Our culture is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of environmentally responsible architecture, interior design, and building. As a result, more and more of our clients seek to incorporate sustainable principles in their designs and interiors. There can be cost deterrents and benefits to adopting a sustainable approach to projects, which when done correctly, we feel that the pros negate the cons and result in a giant benefit overall.
Atlanta is arguably an elongated, suburban version of a dense US city making it different amongst cities like New York, Boston and DC. And as an architect and designer, we take on many Atlanta projects that have the goals of a residential home one might picture in "Stepford", Connecticut, yet we are placing it in dense, complex environments which create unique challenges.
Many would define modern architecture and interior design differently, but commonly it’s associated with having cubist traits and being comprised of hard angles and a lot of glass. At JBB, we believe that modern architecture and interiors are refined, soft, beautiful, useful and timeless. For us, modern architecture is centered around new ways to pull together technologies and materials, to invent something that is purely functional and new, and of course beautiful.
Initially, this house reveals what I call two independent sliding plains, the top casting a shadow over the first level. JBB architects designed this modern home to provide shelter at the front door, but also to provide drama and depth to the home while keeping the home’s simple design roots intact. JBB deliberately enhanced the shadow to make the home feel alive by creating an illusion of visual changes at varying times of the day. Note that the ceiling is painted darker and penetrates from the exterior through to the interior spaces. The visual approach to the home will be a different experience depending on the times of the day because the sun is always changing. Check out the home being discussed by clicking here.
We're seeing a dramatic shift in the market for a preference for induction over gas ranges. From a design perspective, we like many options on either side, but once upon a time, it was always the preference for any chef to want a commercial gas range.
A wet room can undeniably add a wow factor to your home giving it a stylish, contemporary look. The latest wet room designs are fast becoming ‘must haves’ with homeowners keen to introduce a sense of luxury to their newly renovated bathrooms. But, can we believe the hype?