2023 Merit Award

General Design

Georgia Institute of Technology EcoCommons

Atlanta, Georgia

Landscape Architect:

Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Project Team:

Georgia Tech Capital Planning and Space Management, Barge Design Solutions, Biohabitats, Long Engineering, Newcomb & Irrigation Consultant Services, Turner Construction


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About the Project:

The EcoCommons at Georgia Institute of Technology is the largest standalone landscape project ever undertaken by the university. The eight-acre EcoCommons is an ecologically and socially conscious pedagogical space, presenting native regional ecologies and daylighting the difficult and nearly forgotten Civil Rights history of the site. The landscape architect created a design that manifests three primary goals: Learn, Engage, Reflect. Through the capture and reuse of stormwater, habitat and air quality monitoring, areas for outdoor instruction, study, and gathering, and a contemplative site for social justice, the design creates opportunities for learning, research, engagement, and reflection for students, faculty, and visitors.

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