ATLANTA (AP) — An architect known for his post-modernist designs that reshaped cities such as Atlanta has died. John C. Portman Jr. was 93.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed offered condolences to Portman's family and said the architect had left his signature "written in the Atlanta skyline."
Portman was an architect and developer whose revolutionary designs redefined urban landscapes, though sometimes not without controversy. The New York Times reports that some of his buildings were criticized as concrete islands and self-contained cities within cities.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that no single architect shaped Atlanta's skyline like Portman. He gave the city the cylindrical Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel as well as the AmericasMart, an array of buildings downtown where wholesale goods are bought and sold. The newspaper says he died Friday.