Knight Program's Winchester Revival Charrette

Starting this week, Winchester Park (otherwise known as “Intown”) will be the focus of a charrette by the 2006 Knight Program in Community Building, which is based out of the University of Miami school of architecture. A charrette is a collaborative undertaking that calls upon ordinary members from a community to work alongside professional designers to brainstorm, share, debate, and at last create a workable plan for further public observation and revision. It’s being held July 17-22 at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral downtown.

Winchester Park covers a square mile of property near St. Jude and Le Bonheur around Danny Thomas Boulevard, 240, I-40, and Washington Avenue. The charrette will study the area’s potential as a site for housing and business. This program is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other financial contributions have been made St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the UrbanArt Commission, the Memphis Community Development Partnership, and Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.

Fellows from the Twelve Knight Program from around the nation will work with a handful of the faculty and graduate students from the University of Miami School of Architecture. The project is headed by Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, an originator of the Congress for the New Urbanism, as well as Charles C. Bohl. The Congress for the New Urbanism promotes approachable and varied neighborhoods that are within easy distance to parks and businesses. Plater-Zyberk is the dean of University of Miami school of architecture and a leader of Duany Plater-Zyberk, which drew up the design for Seaside, Florida. Bohl is an author and the director of the Knight Program in Community Building in Coral Gables. Boyle Investment Company's Rusty Bloodworth is a 2006 fellow, and seeing the historical and medical community value of Winchester Park, he threw himself into locking down plans for the charrette.

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