Pierluca Maffey on a panel discussing 'The Stitch'


John Portman & Associates helped organize the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Atlanta: Stitching the City Back Together panel discussion event, moderated by Jennifer Ball, VP of Planning and Economic Development for Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), in an effort to promote the ambitious “The Stitch” master plan that intends to “stitch” the broken downtown and midtown together.



The panel discussion was held in the Jacobs Atlanta office, whose Advance Planning Group brought the initial vision to execution. JPA is excited to be a part of this dialogue and discussion, drawn from our experience in the design and development of the adjacent 14 blocks Peachtree Center. Pierluca Maffey, Principal, VP, Design, a member of the expert panel who represents John Portman & Associates added to the conversation by stating “'The Stitch' is an opportunity to develop an urban project that could go in history books of architecture and urban social studies. The opportunity to finally reunite downtown to midtown is big but the path along the way is one that should be taken with caution. We agree that the development must happen between people at the street level and the architecture needs to provide the environment to make that happen. Phasing the project with flexibility to change and optimize the design according to the evolving society is key to the success of the 'The Stitch.'” More about the event was posted in Curbed Atlanta.