From building an "off the grid" solar-powered house to improving one of Tennessee's state parks, the college's faculty and students are involved in a number of building projects across the state and region.
An interdisciplinary team at UT Knoxville was accepted into the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Department of Energy event that challenges students to design and build a functioning, marketable, solar-powered house. Called Living Light, the structure displayed the latest innovations in building materials, information technology, energy efficiency and home design at both the Solar Decathlon and as a mobile exhibition that traveled to five cities, including Washington, D.C. as a featured project of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
In 1933 the Tennessee Valley Authority constructed a model community, Norris, Tennessee, as part of the Norris Dam construction project. A key feature of this New Deal village was the Norris House, a series of homes built as models for modern and efficient living. In light of the 75th anniversary of the Norris Project, an interdisciplinary team of UT students and faculty are reinterpreting the Norris paradigm and creating a New Norris House -- a sustainable home designed for the 21st century.
A group of architecture professor and students have teamed up with the Knoxville Re-animation Coalition (KRC) on a restoration project at Odd Fellows Cemetery in East Knoxville. They will work with KRC and other members of the community to design a restored and reanimated cemetery. The group has developed physical, climatic, historical and cultural surveys and explored opportunities by which the cemetery may serve as a place of community engagement, activity and memory.
The history of the area surrounding Panther Creek State Park site has evolved over the years from Cherokee hunting grounds to mill town to state park. The College of Architecture and Design (along with the School of Art) is working with the Friends of Panther Creek State Park, a nonprofit organization established to protect and preserve the park, on various park improvements. The first phase was a newly constructed observation platform. The second project is the visitor center renovation and addition.
The Zero Energy House combines the best researchers, engineers and architects in Tennessee to develop, design and build the home of the future. The structure will showcase the latest innovations in the areas of building materials, information technology, solar energy, energy efficiency, and home design to demonstrate opportunities and methods for using sustainable energy resources. The house also will serve as prototype for Light Light and as headquarters for UT's preparations for Solar Decathlon 2011.
College of Architecture and Design
Art + Architecture Building
1715 Volunteer Boulevard,
Knoxville, TN 37996