Recognizing a City’s Beauty

Last night Keep Knoxville Beautiful held its annual Orchid Awards at the Standard. The awards have honored Knoxville’s most beautiful properties since 1979. The organization was founded in 1978 to help cleaning up the city in preparation for the 1982 World’s Fair. The group educates regarding environmental stewardship, organizes litter pickups and creates murals and […]

Forrest Kirkpatrick and Fork Design Putting Their Stamp on Downtown Knoxville and Beyond

Several years ago when I would walk out Williams Street, which lies a block east of Gay Street and Ts into Depot, it felt like I was walking into the margins of downtown. Now, while not necessarily fully where it will be in a few more years, it has a different feel. At the corner […]

Exactly What is Design Excellence and Do We Have It?

Business Dictionary.com┬ádefines architectural design as “Concept that focuses on the components or elements of a structure or system and unifies them into a coherent and functional whole, according to a particular approach in achieving the objective(s) under the given constraints or limitations.” It’s a pretty sterile definition and, depending on those “objectives,” and “limitations,” excellence […]

Fifteen Photographs for Friday

It’s Friday and what better way to celebrate the weekend and the coming of spring than with some photographs that fit the season. This is the best time of year for watching people in the city because everyone is so stir crazy from the winter they are ready to bust out and have fun in […]