Walkability is key in improving health, the local economy, and the environment. Unfortunately Knoxville’s zoning code prohibits mixed use, requires too much parking, and mandates large setbacks, all of which make Knoxville less walkable and transit friendly. In this presentation, Marshall Stair explores Knoxville and discusses what could be done to promote walkability in future developments.
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BY GARY GASTON
@ VOL 11
ON FEB 19, 2014
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BY SHANNON VAN ZANDT
@ VOL 3
ON JUN 02, 2015
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BY JENNIFER AKERMAN
@ VOL 16
ON AUG 06, 2015
Presented with Bud Archer and Bailey Green.
Students and faculty from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design will present on the benefits of design-build education as illustrated by an innovative new building being created for Beardsley Community Farm in Knoxville—a non-profit urban demonstration farm promoting food security and sustainable agriculture. Design-build education through architectural design courses at UT enabled making a building that reinforces Beardsley’s mission. The new structure will operate as a teaching tool helping farm staff and volunteers more effectively engage the public about the benefits of local sustainable farming. It also creates significant public spaces for the benefit of the community at large.
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BY DAVID GUIDA & SARAH NAQVI SARAH NAQVI
@ VOL 8
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Reimagining Urban Places
BY HERE+NOW C.I.C.
@ VOL 28
ON JUL 06, 2016
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