If you don’t want to wait around all year to talk about Atlanta, we hope you will consider joining us for one of our quarterly meet-ups. Meetups feature good cheer and great talks from area researchers and professionals. See below for more on previous symposia and meetups, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about upcoming events with ATLS and around Atlanta.

Winter 2017

Date: February 6, 2017

Location: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Time: 7 pm

These quarterly meetings showcase Atlanta-focused projects and bring together a group of folks interested in our city.

Come see our progress on the Unpacking Manuel’s project and tell your stories about the Tavern. Manuel’s is a living archive of the history, culture, and politics of Atlanta. Over the next couple of years we will be collecting community memories and student projects to curate digital visualizations of the establishment before the renovation.

At the event, you will be able to try on an oculus rift so you can check out our Virtual Reality demo. We will have some google cardboards with us so you can experience the 360 video tour of the renovation on your phone. You can also see the high-resolution gigapan images of the Tavern’s walls we have completed.

Know something about the Tavern’s history or one of the artifacts on the wall? Have a memory about the bar you want to share? We will have several stations to record your stories.

The Plan:

7:00 – Grab some snacks (we will provide a few) and order a drink (that’s on you)
7:15 – A quick presentation about the project and future plans
7:45 – Explore the demos and share your stories

Recent Meetups

Summer 2016

Date: Tuesday, June 28th

Location: Elevator Factory, 437 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Time: 7 pm

This meetup will focus on the development of the Memorial Corridor.

Our speakers:

Greg Giuffrida is the Memorial Drive Corridor Executive, a new role that grew out of a 2014 studio project performed by graduate students in Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning. It is funded by a range of stakeholders on Memorial Drive and hosted by Central Atlanta Progress. Greg’s job is to work with neighborhoods, public agencies, and property owners to make Memorial Drive a safer, more efficient, and more inviting connection for Southeast Atlanta. He will discuss the following: how an academic project evolved into an applied role; the many political and bureaucratic layers that shape the physical condition of Memorial Drive; and real-time planning in a rapidly changing urban environment.

Chris Appleton is co-founder and Executive Director of WonderRoot. As a Reynoldstown homeowner, Director of a Memorial Drive-based organization, and member of the Reynoldstown Civic Improvement League Board of Directors, Chris has been actively engaged in the visioning for and development of Memorial Drive. Chris’ presentation will focus on the role arts & culture have played in the Memorial Drive communities and how WonderRoot is seeking to leverage the power of the arts to create a sense of place and mitigate the negative effects of gentrification.

The Plan:

7:00 – Grab some snacks (we will provide a few) and order a drink (that’s on you)

7:15 – Presentations and Q&A

8:30 – Networking, chit chatting, order another drink


Thank you Elevator Factory (437 Memorial Drive, behind Grant Park Octane) for hosting the event.

Winter 2015

Date: December 7, 2015

Location: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Time: 7 pm

Join us in celebrating all of the accomplishments of 2015 and the new beginnings in 2016! Come and talk about Atlanta, ITP and OTP, reminisce with Manuel’s Tavern and share in the excitement of restorations, digital and physical.

Summer 2015

Date: August 13, 2015

Location: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Time: 7 pm


Shannon Byrne / The World Comes to Stone Mountain, Summit of a New South

Fifty-two years after Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed, “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia,” a diverse community thrives atop Stone Mountain, a mountain still considered emblematic of Old South racism by many, and its Confederate memorial carving and the Confederate flags flying at its base of have been the subject of recent controversy and renewed debate. A year ago, East Atlanta resident (and Stone Mountain native) Shannon Byrne created a website called I Am The Mountain, an online experience of Stone Mountain’s inspiring multicultural transformation. humbly attempts to illustrate freedom ringing at long last here and to celebrate all of the new faces that are reclaiming the mountain today, 100 years after the KKK declared Stone Mountain its 20th Century rebirth place on November 25, 1915. Such reclamation insists that a comprehensive history of the mountain itself be available to park goers, especially its most difficult chapter involving the Klan, along with better representation of the many other cultures’ historical experiences before, during, and after the Civil War era being memorialized, such as black Americans and Native Americans.

Ruth Dusseault / Unpacking Manuel’s Tavern

Students of history, political science, urban planning, sociology, film, architecture, computing and other disciplines will work independently or in the classroom to “unpack” the organic archive that has accumulated over 60 years on the walls of Manuel’s Tavern. GSU and Emory’s ECDS will create a gigapixel map like this one, of the tavern walls. Students can then choose images they wish to research and compose content for pop-out metadata pages including text, video, interviews and links to other sources from local, national and international archives.

Spring 2015

Date: April 6, 2015

Location: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Time: 7 pm

Manuel's Tavern image, taken by Flickr user Lee Coursey. Used under a CC-BY license.
Manuel’s Tavern, taken by Flickr user Lee Coursey. Used under a CC-BY license.

3D Atlanta is a group of projects at Emory and Georgia State University working together to create an integrated, immersive, and interactive environment where users can explore our city in the 1920s.  Based on their richly detailed 1928 Atlanta city atlas, Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship is building a 3D version of the city. Similarly, a team from GSU’s Student Innovation Fellowship program is creating city blocks from the same period, focused on the area around the downtown campus. Both projects are being built using the Unity gaming engine, which will allow them to come together as one environment. Additionally, artifacts from the Phoenix Project at GSU, a collection from the archaeological dig during the construction of MARTA, are currently being scanned as 3D objects and will be dropped in the Unity build out. Eventually the 3D Atlanta project will be integrated with the ATLmaps platform in much the same way that street view functions within Google maps.