For almost five years, UT students and faculty have been working with city and county officials, the community, and members of the Knoxville Re-Animation Coalition to rehabilitate two historically and culturally important cemeteries in East Knoxville. At 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 1, they will celebrate the progress of a new “Community Passage,” 1,000 linear feet of pathways constructed throughout Odd Fellows Cemetery.
College of Architecture and Design News
Projects created by students and faculty of UT’s Landscape Architecture Program recently won awards from two state design and planning organizations. The American Society of Landscape Architects Tennessee Chapter and the American Planning Association Tennessee Chapter honored the UT students and faculty last month during a conference in Memphis and at an awards dinner in Kingsport, Tennessee, respectively.
Five UT students have won a national competition for their design of an energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity house that is also accessible to people with disabilities. The competition, which was by invitation only, asked students to design a 1,300-square-foot Nashville-based home that was both compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Energy Star, a program of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Spanish architect Iñaqui Carnicero will be on campus Friday, October 11, to deliver a lecture exploring the relationship between architecture and economics. Carnicero’s appearance is part of the Robert B. Church III Memorial Lecture Series and a result of a partnership between the College of Architecture and Design and the Embassy of Spain’s Cultural Office. The 5:30 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public.
East Tennessee communities are expected to grow 43 percent in the next three decades, which will likely impact the region’s water sources. UT’s Landscape Architecture Program has created a guide that will help counties address these challenges.
The College of Architecture and Design will host an open house on Friday, October 11. The event, from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m., will give prospective undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to learn about the college’s programs in interior design, landscape architecture, and architecture. Each program is accredited and is the highest ranked program of its kind in Tennessee.
Living Light, the solar house built for the 2011 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, will be the topic of the second Science Forum of the semester. Amy Howard, architect and director of development, and James Rose, adjunct assistant professor and interim director of the Institute for Smart Structures, will present “The UT Solar House—A Prototype for Zero-Energy Living,” on Friday, September 13.
Jennifer Akerman, adjunct assistant professor in architecture, has the idea to develop an “urban food corridor” in Knoxville. Her students have been going to various places to learn a variety of urban farming techniques. Local food growing is more sustainable than industrial food systems and processing.
In Clay County, Kentucky, flooding or ice frequently blocks access to emergency services. If a tornado hit the area, shelter would also be hard to find. A group of UT faculty members and students is trying to change this situation. Nursing professors in the Global Disaster Nursing program are working with architecture and environmental engineering professors, law enforcement professionals, graduate students, and Clay County community partners to improve the area’s community wellness and disaster preparedness.
Tabitha Darko, a first-generation immigrant from Ghana and a UT architecture student, hopes to unite her cultural heritage with her passion for design to create meaningful architecture. As a winner of the Gensler Diversity Internship and Scholarship, she is now one step closer to her dream. Darko received one of three top academic scholarships from Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm and a paid summer internship in the firm’s regional office in San Francisco.