Ted Turner Drive Resiliency Corridor Challenge

The City of Atlanta, a member of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network, recently released its Urban Resilience Strategy which comprehensively addressed the various challenges the city faces. A key element of urban resilience planning is understanding a challenge from multiple perspectives, and then designing interventions that have multiple benefits. Through its Resilience Strategy, the city has identified key areas of focus, including water, energy, sustainability, social cohesion, and mobility. One of the actions within Atlanta’s strategy is to host a resilient infrastructure design competition among the city’s colleges and universities around resilient street design.

Ted Turner Drive has funding for improvements through the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Transportation (TSPLOST), that was approved by Atlanta voters in November 2016. The project will transform Ted Turner Drive in Downtown Atlanta into a gateway to downtown that showcases inviting urban space with resilience values as defined by the City through the 100RC strategy process.

Through the Ted Turner Drive Resilience Corridor Challenge, student teams from local institutions will design what they envision a “resilient” Ted Turner Drive should look like over the course of the Spring 2018 semester. The conceptual designs should incorporate aspects of water, energy, and transportation solutions that protect and restore natural systems, improve public health, and be representative of the cultural dynamics of the surrounding communities. The selected winning submission will be further vetted by the City of Atlanta, with the entirety or a portion of the submission to be implemented as part of the TSPLOST funded Ted Turner Drive project.


The Ted Turner Drive Resilience Corridor Challenge will take place from January 27 to May 1, 2018. More detailed information on the challenge schedule is available in the Design Brief below.


The Challenge Design Brief provides more detail on Ted Turner Drive and the Challenge background, goals & parameters, timeline, maps and technical information, evaluation, and eligibility.

The Midterm Submittal Guidelines provides more information to student teams on what they should submit to their mentors at the end of the Research phase before moving into the Design phase.


Held on January 27, 2018, the purpose of the event was to kick off the competition with the student teams by providing them an overview of the Challenge parameters, expose them to urban resilience and sustainability concepts, and orient them to the Atlanta Downtown area and Ted Turner Drive corridor. The students heard from several presenters and subject matter experts on topics such as urban resilience, transportation, green infrastructure, and street design. Presentations from the event are available at the hyperlinks below.


On April 5, 2018, students presented to and engaged with community stakeholders at the Center of Civic Innovation. The students shared their design ideas and received feedback that will be incorporated into their final designs. Final designs were presented to a jury of industry experts on April 20, 2018.


On May 7, 2018, winning designs were announced based on four criteria: environment, mobility, healthy and social cohesion. The University of Georgia’s student team won the design challenge for their work on the “Spark” strategy plan. Student teams representing both Morehouse College and Georgia Tech, tied as the finalist teams. Council member Amir Farokhi awarded the winning team with $2,500 and the finalist teams with $500 each. Congratulations to all! The City of Atlanta issued an official press release recognizing the winner on May 30, 2018.


Additional resources that may be useful to student teams for developing their conceptual designs are available below:

For more information about the Challenge, please contact Cicely Garrett at CIGarrett@AtlantaGa.gov