ATL’s Buford Highway Ideas Fair, Nov. 28

Atlanta's Buford Highway
Atlanta’s Buford Highway. Photo by Kate Medley.

Buford Highway Ideas Fair
hosted by Generator
Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 6:00–9:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, November 28, students from Georgia Tech’s Generator Workshop class will set up in an empty storefront at 3363 Buford Highway NE, in Northeast Plaza. They will host an Ideas Fair, a one-night open house showcasing creative and workable concepts for Buford Highway designed to preserve and promote the corridor’s cultural diversity. The class, comprised of 15 undergraduate and graduate students, will share projects that propose public art, collaborative office complexes, entrepreneurial food vending, and affordable housing in the context of urban design. The goal is to foster development in a way that showcases the richness of the community.

The class is the first project for Generator, an ideas studio begun by a Georgia Tech alum who grew up in the area. For their proposals, students partnered with We Love BuHi, an organization that actively works to highlight the people who live and work in the area through programs and events when developing ideas.

If you are unable to attend the event, you may still get to know the community. Revisit stories shared with the SFA in our Buford Highway oral history project. Featured are first- and second-generation immigrants who brought the foods of their homelands with them and fused them with new ideas encountered in Georgia. Meet Eddie Hernandez, who received a gift of collard greens and added them to the menu at his taqueria. Read about Frank Ma, the grandfather of Chinese restaurants in Atlanta, who loves to eat at the Waffle House. And listen to Harold Shinn talk about the role produce plays in community-building along Atlanta’s Buford Highway.