Future Use:  Atomic City Project

Focus on Redevelopment

Making City present

University of Kentucky College of Design's (UK/CoD) River Cities Project,  "Paducah/Paducah+ Case Study" was included in the "Re-Making Cities" exhibition at the 5th International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam (IABR).  
The 2012 Architecture Biennale was appropriately titled, "Making City".

The IABR challenged designers to think of new ways to "make cities".  UK/CoD students accepted this challenge and took it one step further by addressing the environmental and economic issues facing Paducah, Kentucky, calling themselves the "Atomic Cities Research Group".  Because of their unique approach, the UK/CoD was selected as one of 25 participants in the international exhibition.

In addition to researching and presenting the environmental and economic issues facing Paducah, Kentucky, the students also proposed solutions for cleanup, economic development, community planning and education.  The UK/CoD Paducah Projects or otherwise called the "Atomic City Project" exhibited a 150 year plan for the closure, clean up and future use of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Problem is Solution display

The UK/CoD students claim:

"Ultimately, the intellectual capital generated through the successful research, development and remediation industry generated at Paducah can become an exportable commodity."

"Paducah is in an advantageous position to serve as a model of industry growth and environmental remediation in the next century. In this way, the Atomic Cities Research Group believes that the problem could ultimately be the solution."

WPSD Local 6 News features
"University of Kentucky students plan for post-PGDP Paducah"

5th IABR: Making City, a short introduction

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A short introduction to the 5th IABR: Making City.

How do we make city? That is the issue at the heart of the 5th IABR: Making City. Ongoing urbanization is creating gigantic political, social, economic and ecological challenges. These challenges manifest themselves in our cities which is also where we will have to find solutions. No cities, no future. And our cities can only take us to a better future if we do a better job of designing, planning and governing them.

The 5th IABR: Making City is therefore issuing a call to all involved â€" administrators, policymakers, politicians, entrepreneurs, designers and citizens: If making city is what we have to do, we must really go about it differently, by building strong alliances, by formulating an urban agenda, and by putting design first.

 Making City, April 19 - October 31, 2012, in Rotterdam, Almere, Sao Paulo and Istanbul.