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This weekend: Symposium on BeltLine and Le Grand Paris; Atlanta Printmaking Studio open house

What do the Atlanta BeltLine and Le Grand Paris, President Nicolas Sarkozy’s vision for metropolitan Paris, have in common?

Preliminary conceptual rendering of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor near Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Both are bold, long-term, potentially transformative projects intending to link and regenerate disparate areas through infrastructure: parks and transportation. And both are the subject of “Grand Plans/Everyday Life: Le Grand Paris/Atlanta BeltLine,” an international symposium at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture, which brings together French and American politicians, academics, professionals and community members for a series of talks and panel discussions on Saturday, December 4.

The brainchild of architecture school associate dean Sabir Khan, it is also intended as a launching pad for a university-wide study of the BeltLine. The event is free, but advance registration is required. Click here for a complete schedule of speakers and to register.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, one of the city’s thriving grass-roots organizations, will hold its fifth annual open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on the same day, Saturday, December 4.  The group will unveil its annual Collectors Print, a multi-block relief print by Stephanie Smith. Among other offerings, it will conduct a printing demonstration on the Vandercook Press. The open house will also be an opportunity to see its current exhibition: “Deep Fried & Delicious,” banners made from prints made at 11 schools and art centers and  printed by a real steamroller.

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