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    October 20th, 5:30-8:30pm
    The Foundry @ WFP

    Join us as we gather for a fun-filled evening
    plus presentation of the Bruce McCarty Community
    Impact Award, and new Annette Anderson Award.
    Announcement of this year’s honorees coming soon!

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    Design

    Developed a schematic design for Tellico Village Library. CDC Volunteer Architect Gregor Smee was awarded the project, construction completed during 2012. Thanks to Smee+Busby Architecture for photograph.

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    Transformation

    Renovations and enhancements to existing Philadelphia Tennessee public park. Community goal is to entice community use of this underutilized public park.

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    Adaptive

    Oakwood Elementary School is being renovated into an Assisted Living Facility. We documented the existing building conditions, obtained pricing for stabilization, and facilitated a public input meeting.

    Fryer Talks

    fryersqThe second Fryer Talk was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who attended and special thanks to Dead End BBQ for hosting us. Thanks to our guest speaker Gerald Green, Executive Director of Knoxville – Knox Co Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC). Results from this meeting will be shared with MPC as public input on the future zoning ordinance of Knoxville. If you were unable to make it– don’t worry– there will be more in the future. These talks will be periodic events, hosted by ETCDC‬, designed to engage the community in exploring relevant design issues in our region, and to remember a key founder, Gideon Fryer.

    [Click here to view pictures of past Fryer Talks events]

    [Click here for Shopper News Article about Fryer Talks and Knoxville Zoning]

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    Thank You!

    Folks were in a party mood, but they did pause to hear a few remarks.

    A special  thank you to all who attended and volunteered at our Urban Home & Garden Tour Weekend. We will be adding additional photos and links of the event soon.

    [For an inside look into Thursday’s Premier Party check out Moxley Carmichael’s Blue Streak article here.]

    [For more check out Inside of Knoxville’s review of the event here.]

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    The Change Center Launch

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    On Wednesday, April 20th city officials, interested citizens, and organizers gathered to announce and celebrate the plans for The Change Center on 221 Harriet Tubman Street, Knoxville TN. The conceptual plans were developed by East Tennessee Community Design Center with partnership from architect volunteers Damon Falconnier and Graham Fox to embody the Change Center’s mission of creating a healthy, vital community space where youth are safe and hope is real.

    The Change Center will feature a skating rink, performing stage, climbing wall, DJ booth, concessions stand, and other recreational attractions to welcome youth into a safe space. It will also provide job connection and business creation services to promote employment and entrepreneurship.

    The Change Center was birthed out of the Save Our Sons initiative, which focuses on reducing violence-related deaths and increasing opportunities for success for boys and young men of color.

    Already, The Change Center has already raised 1 million dollars towards construction costs and 250 thousand dollars towards operations costs. However, The Change Center still needs to raise 1.4 million before construction can begin. If you are interested in donating to The Change Center, please visit www.gofundme.com/changecenter or www.changecenterknoxville.com and become a part of the change.

    To view design plans and more images of the event, please visit The Change Center Album on our facebook page. For more information about the Change Center’s mission, visit their webpage or watch their video below.

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    Updated Volunteer Selection Process

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center is able to provide low/no-cost design services to non-profit and community-based organizations because of generous pro bono assistance from area design and development professionals. Without their help, we could not accomplish our mission. Professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design, planning, real estate development and construction, who express their willingness to volunteer, will be notified of available projects based upon their self-defined areas of expertise.

    We have updated our volunteer selection document and streamlined the process so that people can easily get in touch with us. All the information is now hosted on our website to be accessed by anyone interested. Please visit our Volunteer page for links to the documents.

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    Broadway Corridor Design Charrette

    IMG_1270We had great attendance at the Design Charrette. Over 70 community members, business leaders, and city/county officials attended and provided us valuable input to move the Broadway Corridor Enhancement Plan forward. We would like additional input so click on the link below and follow it to the Visual Preference Survey.  We have included a fillable form that can be emailed to the ETCDC.

    http://www.communitydc.org/PROJECTS/Long-Range Visioning and Planning

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    ETCDC Highlighted in PBS Video

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center has been an advocate for great community design for decades. We’re celebrating #communitydesignday by sharing a special PBS video now viewable online. “Good Design: A Half-Century of the Community Design Center” highlights our unique history as an organization founded in the middle of the civil rights and urban renewal movements. You’ll hear from founding members Bruce McCarty, Gideon Fryer, and John Walker as well as testimonies from local community members and designers. A special thanks to East Tennessee PBS for this production and to our faithful supporters over the years. 

    [Click Here to View PBS Video]

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    The  East Tennessee Community Design Center organizes people, researches ideas, and identifies resources to facilitate positive change in the region.

    Ijams Nature Center – Long Term Visioning session

    ETCDC provides architectural, planning, and engineering services to encourage community development efforts. We award grants of service to nonprofit groups and community organizations in East Tennessee for projects that will serve the public at large. Professionals, including pro bono volunteers, offer technical services so that nonprofits and community groups can benefit from their expertise at little or no cost. This helps fill a much-needed gap for those who are seeking grants or funding for a project by providing the conceptual design services that will create the vision, the plan, and the inspiration needed to fuel the process.

    Leslie at monthly design review meeting

    Often, we are called upon to help restore, renovate or recommend reuse of an existing structure, park, or neighborhood area, and we also use design to solve social problems, such as how design can reduce crime or neighborhood traffic. We bring together professionals who contribute design and engineering services to solve practical and aesthetic problems and who partner with groups who want to make a community a better place to live and work.