Customer: NATIONAL MONUMENT FOUNDATION
Country: USA, ATLANTA
Type: Development

MIMS PARK

Mims Park, with its oval lawn, curved walkways and monumental column, once graced West Atlanta’s Vine City district. The park was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who is perhaps best known for his work on Central Park in New York City, but also designed many of America’s great parks and public spaces, including the U.S. Capital grounds.

 

Mims Park was unfortunately removed in mid-century to make way for a new school. Recently, the Atlanta-based National Monuments Foundation proposed to revive the park a few blocks away from its original location. The foundation engaged VIZERRA to create a 3D interactive model of the park and adjacent organic farm, in order to help local residents, civic groups, city officials, and developers visualize the space and garner support for the plan.

Objective

To create a 3D photo realistic interactive model based on original drawings, sketches and ideas shared during different charrettes with community leaders, city officials and urban farmers.


To create a quality model showcasing landscapes, vernacular buildings of neighborhood, public spaces, wading pools and urban farms to generate consensus and get approval from the city and its neighborhood.

«Mims Park» of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In XIX century Frederick Law Olmsted, American landscape designer, author of Central Park in New York and the area around the White House, created a project of the park, but did not realize it. Today the Mims Park area contains old buildings, overgrown fields with weeds and field trails. The initiative group of Atlanta decided to revive the idea of a park. Interactive model is designed to demonstrate the future of the project and obtain public approval.

Result

Interactive 3D photo realistic model of landscapes, vernacular buildings, public spaces, wading pools and urban farms in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The model is available in three versions for Mac OS, Windows PC and Web platforms.
An interactive 3D model helps the National Monuments Foundation demonstrate their ideas and offers investors and decision-makers an opportunity to walk / fly through the proposed park before breaking ground.

Model was created within two months based on photos, original drawings, hand sketches and verbal descriptions.

 

In the interactive model users can toggle between different states of the park, in order to see what the organic farm section would look like if planted with raised beds or left as an open grassy field for community gatherings.
This functionality allows stake holders to demonstrate all the future changes that will take place after the reconstruction of the park.

 

The model includes an overhead map of the park, showing important landmarks to which the user can teleport with the click of a mouse button.
These include statues of famous civil rights leaders, prominent buildings, and monuments.

 

Guided tour:
A video introduction — accessible from the navigation bar — provides users with a history of the park and leaders it commemorates.

 

Development of the model was a challenging process, since there were more than ten different stakeholders viz civic groups, council members, city engineers, land developers, representatives of the Mayor's office, local residents, Foundations’ staff members, etc. involved in the design process.
The model has been presented to different stakeholders involved in the reconstruction process where its visual power and interactive toolset have been successfully demonstrated. The model has already helped the National Monuments Foundation in getting a go-ahead signal from the city officials, community leaders and the neighborhood within a month.