What Does it Look Like When the Hard Work of a Community Gains National Recognition?

30 September, 2016 – 26 February 2017, New York City


In 2012, GHC hosted an urban design workshop in partnership with the Tennessee chapter of the American Institute for Architects. It brought together residents from the neighborhood, artists, designers, and architects to explore Glass Street and come up with creative, actionable ways to revitalize both the physical neighborhood and the experience of the residents living there. In 2014, GHC compiled some of the ideas into the first How-To Guide, which was distributed to over 200 community members to inspire residents to get involved in the renewal of Glass Street.


The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, located in New York City, chose our How-To Guide and some of the work done in the neighborhood to display at their exhibit “By the People: Designing a Better America,” which showcased socially responsible urban design projects and concepts from around the country. Along with excerpts from our How-To Guide, they also displayed photos of Zachary Reynold’s, of Woodwise Urban Design, sustainable, long-lasting products and furniture that he builds for the community, along with before and after photos of our Community Space project and our Glass St. gateway mural, both of which are part of the How-To Guide.


We are beyond thrilled that the Glass Street community was chosen to be part of the exhibit, and that the work we and the residents have accomplished has been noticed nation-wide. We hope our mission to bring Glass Street back to life and the work displayed at the museum inspires other neighborhoods to work together and revitalize their own spaces and homes through creative, practical projects.


Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

Woodwise Urban Design


GHC at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian!

A How To Guide

Woodwork with Zachary