Glass House Collective will be hosting a design charrette with the Tennessee Chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA) on July 25th and 26th. The mission of the AIA conference is to envision Chattanooga as a place “where the best of our past and the best of our present work together for a great future.” This meshes wonderfully with Glass House’s mission for revitalizing Glass Street, and we are very excited to involve AIA participants in a hands-on opportunity to create a new vision.

Participants will be briefed on the history of the neighborhood before the workshops. From this introduction, participants will work on teams comprised of local experts, facilitators, and community leaders to create new ideas for the community to rally behind. After just three hours these teams will have developed plans of action into presentations to be shared at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center on Thursday, July 26th.

Big picture change can be overwhelming, so we’ve asked these teams to provide simple places to start. Out of each team’s larger vision for revitalization, there will be three near-term elements that we can implement fairly quickly. We hope these ideas will jump start community driven change. After this event, we will be striking up conversations within the community about the results from the AIA workshop, so that local residents can pick and choose the elements they want included in Glass Street’s transformation. In other words, this isn’t the only opportunity for engagement– instead, it’s just the beginning. We invite you to join us in these first steps on July 26th at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center from 3:30-5:00 PM.