Lauderdale Design Group: Spreading Good Design to the 100 Block

Lauderdale Design Group may be the best known downtown business that you’ve never heard of. The group is responsible for literally millions of dollars worth of design work on UT campus, particularly in the athletic department and has operated for over a decade. I sat with Joy Lauderdale to explore the journey that led her […]

Nineteen Story Apartment Building Planned for North Waterfront

Word has been circulating for quite a while that a major development was planned for the north waterfront, just to the east (by twenty feet) of the Henley Bridge. I first mentioned the rumors and named the company, California-basedĀ Cogent Bay, IncĀ (this link was not working when I linked, but appears to be the correct address) […]

Hey, Let’s Hang Out Together: Where You’ll Find Me

I’ll be involved in several events over the next few days, plus one at the end of next week, and I’d like to invite you to join me at each of them. For those of you who have followed this blog for very long, you’ll recognize themes with each of these which have run through […]

“Just Tennes-saying” Offers You a Chance to Explore Your Local Architecture

Over the last (nearly) six years this blog has offered each of us the chance to talk at some length about design, place and the built environment. These are topics of which I knew nothing when I started considering our downtown and all its intricate components. Hopefully you’ve learned along with me and will continue […]

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 […]