• The University of Tennessee - College of Architecture + Design

    Design Build + Evaluate Initiative

    The Design, Build, Evaluate Initiative applies the intellectual resources of the university to challenges in the built environment to achieve the highest levels of design excellence, environmental performance, and social responsibility while developing new knowledge and disseminating lessons learned to academic and professional peers.

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  • Exploring Appalachia

    This project developed from an idea generated by the College of Nursing in support of their Global Disaster Nursing graduate program at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The goal of the project is to identify, evaluate, and address the closely linked health, safety and disaster readiness needs of rural Appalachian communities in Clay County, southeastern Kentucky.

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  • AIA COTE Top Ten Award Winner

    A New Norris House

    The New Norris House is a research and education project led by the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Architecture and Design. Working as a team, faculty and students from architecture, landscape architecture, civil/wastewater engineering, interior design, environmental studies, and planning departments – with help from industry and professional partners, and community and government bodies – designed and constructed a sustainable home and landscape in Norris, Tennessee. Beginning August 2011, the home is host to educational programs and a one year residency. Researchers will measure performance of building and landscape systems, yet will also consider and record the experience of living in the home, landscape and community.

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  • UTK in Haiti

    Shortly after the January 12, 2010, earthquake rocked Haiti, a multi-disciplinary group of students and faculty from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, collaborated on designing and constructing a secondary school complex in the island nation’s town of Fond-des-Blancs. The effort, called the Haiti Project, is intended to serve the region of Fond-des-Blancs as an urban migration post for Haitian school children and their families affected by the earthquake, which occurred near Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

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  • 2014 EPA P3 Award Winner

    Green Oak Construction

    The Green Oak Initiative is a proposal by the University of Tennessee to develop contemporary green (un-dried) oak construction techniques for the US building market. Because many of the “heart-centers” of hardwood logs have defects that limit their usefulness for traditional dry lumber products, this portion of the log is routinely sold green (un-dried) as “cants” used to manufacture shipping pallets – an extremely low-grade use for such an otherwise highly desirable resource.

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 DBEI News / Blog

Model Making | Problem Solving

Still in the studio. When students are not brick laying this summer, they are busy in the Art + Architecture […]

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Ground Breaking | Here We Go

  A truly exciting day for the Beardsley Farm and the community it supports. After a long journey that began […]

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Summer Semester | Day 01

With the new semester comes a new crop of students ready to learn the art of brick laying and join […]

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Brick Meets Beardsley | From CDs to Site

After time well spent on heightening our skills as novice masons, we have finally made it to the big leagues, […]

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Penultimate Review

On Wednesday, April 1st we had our penultimate review.  Bill Martella, James Rose, and Matt Culver were our reviewers and […]

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Exterior Mockup

  We have one more building mockup completed!  This time we’re looking at how the green oak cants can be […]

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