URBANfronts Storefront Galleries activate empty retail space by temporarily altering the urban landscape to reflect the visions of up-and-coming artists through visual, audio and kinetic movement mediums. Discovery, exposure and evolving visions through art, design, architecture, fun, creation and connection gives rise to interesting cultural destinations, events and increased foot traffic! See below for further information.
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Full Exhibition of [URBANfronts] Storefront Galleries ran from Sunday April 7th to Saturday April 20th, 2013

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URBANFronts StoreFrontsABOVE PHOTO CREDIT: (left) Seattle Storefront photo by Eliza S. Rankin & (right) In Flux – Scottsdale Artist Logan Bellew

URBANfronts Mission

  • Encourage design conversations in a public forum.
  • Utilize empty retail space available during this recession and activate this empty space to create visual energy in an otherwise abandoned or empty space.
  • An expression of the AIA ATL commitment to public education and awareness by providing the exhibition platform to display the works of our local designers and fostering youthful talent through its design students. To encourage collaboration with other Art & Design groups in ATL.
  • Enticing and educational pop-up galleries.
Benefits To Retail Space Owners

  • Promotion and marketing of the building owners as In-kind Sponsors-print and online materials.
  • High traffic through the retail space by a diverse group of art & design professionals, the general public and future leasers.
  • Opportunities to partner and team up with design professionals.
  • Additional traffic for neighboring retailers, restaurants etc.
  • Incredible networking opportunities with Designers for future projects.
  • Special Event night – Meet the designers and real estate owners.
  • Examples of how the space can be utilized in the future.

Featuring Artists::Designers::Architects URBANfronts encourages design conversations in a public forum utilizing empty retail space to display stimulating art and design for an otherwise abandoned or empty space. It provides an expression of AIA ATL’s commitment to public education and awareness by offering an exhibition platform to display the works of local designers. URBANfronts is focused on producing collaboration and creative partnerships with other Art & Design groups and fostering youthful talent through design students and enthusiasts both exhibiting and attending the event.
Opportunity for Artists Who Work With
Recycled Building Materials
Through our partnership with the Lifecycle Building Center selected artists who use reclaimed buildingmaterials can partner with the LBC to acquire materials for their art fabrication. The LBC reserves theright to determine the quantities and cost value of materials available to each artist. For more information,please contact:lbc_logoShannon Goodman, Executive Director Lifecycle Building Center678-592-0417 shannon@lifecyclebuildingcenter.orglifecyclebuildingcenter.org


AIA [URBAN]fronts Presentation Topics and Presenters :

Call For TED : : : PechaKucha© Powered Presenters! Open Mic Forum for Creative Presentations Powered by Pecha Kucha©Thursday 18th April 2013. 6:00 – 9:00pmLocation: Colony Square (see map for exact location).PechaKucha © presentations are about ideas allowing the audience to learn, expand perspectives, and leave the night with something new. View examples of Pecha Kucha© here: http://www.pechakucha.org/watch

  • WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms Presented by Alyson Laura, Farmer on a Spiritual Journey
  • Rethinking the American Dream Presented by Joel Larsgaard I Producer on “The Clark Howard Show”
  • The Art of African Architecture Presented by Ms. Nmadili Okwumabua (Southern Sahara) / Title: Urban Planner
  • Spaghetti Junction for Pedestrians Presented by John Powell, Architectural Designer of Presentations
  • The Story of Greenprint Midtown and its evolution into the South”s first urban Eco District Presented by Robert E. Reed, Sustainable Communities Design Director at Southface & a Chair of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission
  • The Marilyn Project Lance Carlson/The Atlanta Collage Society
  • Cabbagetown PeriplumPresented by Ed Akins
  • Space and SculpturePresented by Taejun Park
  • Community Design – From Celebration to ServicePresented by Liset Robinson
  • What is Canstruction?Presented by Carrie Kirk

PechaKucha© was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds (six minutes and 40 seconds in total). PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything.SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Name, Title (i.e. student, architect, chef, comedian, doctor etc), Contact Information, Presentation Topic, Summary Statement (250 word summary statement on what you will present); attach Image which best represents your topic.
  • Feel free to submit via email to urbanfrontsatl@gmail.com with Pecha Kucha Submission in the Subject line.
  • Keep in mind that Pecha Kucha presentations are about ideas and those ideas allow the audience to learn, expand their perspectives, and leave the night with something new on their mind.
  • Deadline to submit your presentation title and summary for Pecha Kucha Night, March 29, 2013
  • Selected participants will be notified by April 02, 2013 and all presentations in PowerPoint format must be received April 08, 2013.

[URBANfronts] Storefront Galleries Exhibition in April 2013!
A special thank you to local property owners who teamed up with us for the URBANfronts Storefront Galleries allowing local artists, designers and architects showcase their work during this great event.

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Colony Square Plaza Level::1175 Peachtree St::Sponsor Tishman Speyer

  • Open 24 Mon – Wed, Fri each week
  • Wine Reception & Silent Auction – April 11, 6-9pm
  • Pecha Kucha Night – Aprl 18, 6-9pm
  • Paid Parking Available


Colony Square, located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, was constructed in the early 1970”s as Atlanta”s original mixed-use project. Today, Colony Square is a state-of-the-art, amenity filled, bustling complex offering tenants efficient office space, residential condominiums, a hotel (the W hotel)and a retail mall. The two office towers, totaling 700,000 square feet, provide tenants with a variety of options, with 14,400 square foot floor plates in the 100 Tower to 19,000 square foot floor plates in the 400 Tower.Colony Square is located at the epicenter of Midtown and anchors the Midtown Mile. With 46 floors overlooking Peachtree Street, the complex is within walking distance of the Midtown MARTA station (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) and Atlanta”s Woodruff Arts Center including the High Museum of Art, the College of Art and Symphony Hall. The Complex is a short drive to the intersection of I-75/I-85. Colony Square tenants have excellent access to all of Atlanta by rail or car.http://colonysquaremidtown.com/

DCC logoOne Peachtree Point::1545 Peachtree St NE::Sponsor Dewberry Capital

  • Open 24 hours
  • This is a storefront so you can walk by and view at anytime.
  • Paid parking deck available
  • Metered street parking


Four acres are located on Peachtree Street across from the Federal Reserve Building. Dewberry Capital envisions the site to be the premier live, work and play environment in Atlanta, Georgia. Dewberry Capital plans to develop approximately one million square feet of high-rise office, 130,000 square feet of retail and 400 units of high-rise condominiums.http://www.dewberrycapital.com/properties/atlanta.html

TS_logo_LARGEMidtown PlazaLobby::1360 Peachtree St::Sponsor Tishman Speyer

  • Open Mon – Fri, 8-7pm
  • This is a lobby space, but you can walk by and see the exhibits from the exterior.
  • Paid parking deck available
  • Metered street parking


Midtown Plaza located in the heart of Atlanta’s dynamic Central Business District, at the intersection of Peachtree Street and 17th Street. Our location is just minutes from hotels, restaurants, downtown, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Atlantic Station, shopping and much more. The property consists of two Class “A” office buildings, an above ground parking facility connecting One and Two Midtown Plaza together as well as an additional seven story parking deck within the Two Midtown Plaza structure. You will enjoy many amenities within the complex including the fitness center free to all Tenants and their employees, Personal Training for minimal fees, along with Midtown Cafe, an on-site restaurant that serves hot meals, sandwiches, salad/potato bar and food from the grill.Tishman Speyer is responsible for the management and leasing at Midtown Plaza & Colony Square For Leasing Inquiries, please contact: Peter Kasian 404-665-2323http://www.tishmanspeyer.com/properties/midtown-plaza

blue-jamestown-logoMetropolis::943 Peachtree St NE::Sponsor Jamestown Properties

  • Open 24 hours
  • This is a storefront so you can walk by and view at anytime.
  • Paid parking available


Completed in 2002 on the former site of the Stein Club, Metropolis is one of Midtown Atlanta’s first modern high rise residential buildings. With street level retail, 5 levels of parking, a 7th floor pool and amenities deck, and 14 stories of living space. The street level of Metropolis was designed with urban planning in the forefront; wide pedestrian sidewalks and bike racks and tall oaks between the casual stroller and the Peachtree traffic.Once you’ve arrived, Metropolis’ location halfway between the High Museum of Art and the Fox Theater along Peachtree, and Piedmont Park and Georgia Tech along 10th puts all of Midtown at your doorstep.Located on Atlanta’s Midtown Mile, Metropolis is situated in the center of the best Midtown has to offer; all within walking distance.http://metropolisatlanta.com/

71662_Loudermilk Co_LOGOViewpoint::855 Peachtree St::Sponsor Loudermilk Companies

  • Open 24 hours
  • These are storefronts so you can walk by and view at anytime.
  • Paid surface lot parking close by


Viewpoint is a 36 story mixed-use high-rise in the heart of Midtown located at the intersection of Peachtree Street and 6th Street. It’s prominent frontage and exposure on Peachtree Street offer an attractive retail or restaurant storefront in a densely populated, urban setting. Viewpoint is conveniently located to a number of residential apartment and condo buildings making it a pedestrian-friendly, walkable destination. There is street level and 2nd level space available for lease.

For more information please contact Stephanie McCall or Patrick Bentley at The Shopping Center Group.


Transforming empty storefronts into something vibrant and distinctive to energize the Midtown urban landscape for people passing by, then stopping to see whats going on…

Meet some of our Sponsors…

AIA ATL URBANfronts Sponsorship Matrix [/button]
12UrbanFrontsABOVE PHOTO CREDIT: In Flux – Scottsdale Artist Tara-Lgsdon

In order to make this event possible we need volunteers to help with the event. It will be a greatopportunity for you to network with other professionals and members of the community. Feelfree to sign up for multiple positions if you are available.Fill out this Google form, submit online and you are on-board!.

Connect with Atlanta URBANfronts!

4UrbanFronts ABOVE PHOTO CREDIT: In Flux – Scottsdale artist Craig Randich

URBANfronts galleries bring vitality to otherwise vacant areas with improvements to property by artist-entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Entire areas and neighborhoods are energized and enhance surrounding properties and businesses. New enterprises can be incubated and take root nearby with a net positive effect for all involved!


Other Atlanta Projects

URBANfronts Galleries Committee Members

        • Jereme Smith, Assoc AIA. – AIA ATL
        • Zoe McFarlane-Sweeney McMichael
        • Frances Hamilton – AIA ATL
        • Allison Cunningham – USGBC
        • Monetha Cobb – CREW
        • LaTisha Beard – NOMA
        • Nicia Lufuluabo
        • Petra Simpson
        • Graphic Design – Eduardo Lam
        • Graphic Design – Quintin Outlaw – Outlaw Design
        • Logo Design – Layal Akkad

Contact the committee at urbanfrontatl@gmail.com.