A Guide to the Dirty South—Atlanta

£19.95 | $29.95
19 x 10 cm | 7.5 x 4 in
380 ills | 174 pages
ISBN 9781908967770

Author Jennifer Bonner

Drawing on the format of the urban guidebook, A Guide to the Dirty South—Atlanta generates a new discourse about the architecture of the American South. By guiding readers on a tour of Atlanta, this project seeks to reclaim a regional identity for cities otherwise deemed to be “backwoods” by the East and West Coasts. Borrowing from the hip hop industry and recognising the rivalry between the two coasts, A Guide to the Dirty South—Atlanta redirects our attention to a ‘third coast’. Steeped in geography, historical events, typology, storytelling, and popular culture, the trajectories through the city that the guide takes are idiosyncratic but urge the discipline of architecture toward a long overdue reading of Dirty South regionalism. Part tour guide, part architectural manual, the publication also features oral histories in a set of interviews with prominent architects, theorists, chefs, community leaders, and hip hop artists, from architectural historian Mario Carpo to hip hop group Goodie Mob.

Authored by Jennifer Bonner, the TVS Design Distinguished Studio Critic at Georgia Tech (now at the GSD Harvard), A Guide to the Dirty South— Atlanta takes the reader on a tour of “Rap City”, “Pop up Surface Lots”, “Architecture of Quarantine”, and a “Geography of Smells”. Wittily designed, and featuring beautiful illustrations and drawings throughout, A Guide to the Dirty South—Atlanta is perfect for those new to the architectural delights of Atlanta, and long-time fans alike.