Community | City: Between Building and Landscape Affordable Sustainable Infill for Smoketown, Kentucky | Notes of Interest

This project remediates existing brownfields and re-activates a long-neglected connection among an historic African American residential neighborhood, an historic Olmsted park, and the Ohio Riverfront. Gaps are filled in an existing neighborhood fabric, increasing density while sensitively reinforcing its historic urban structure. Neighborhood spaces are re-activated to produce a robust public realm.

Full advantage is taken of the project's historic urban location, and its walking-distance proximity to neighborhood amenities. It encourages intense use of the residual spaces between structures as a catalyst, fostering to community identity and a renewed sense of place.

Additional Credits

  • Consultant: Architectural Artisans
  • Clarksdale + Smoketown Infill
  • K. Norman Berry Associates Architects LLP
  • Louis and Henry Group
  • Project Research: University of Kentucky College of Design
  • University of Kentucky/University of Louisville Urban Design Center
  • Research Participants: Bates Memorial Baptist Church / Community Development Corporation
  • HOPE VI Development
  • The Housing Partnership
  • The Kentucky Housing Corporation
  • Louisville Metro Housing Authority
  • Louisville Metro Parks
  • Louisville Metro Planning
  • The Olmsted Conservancy
  • Smoketown / Shelby Park Residents
  • Smoketown Presbyterian Community Center

Community | City: Between Building and Landscape Affordable Sustainable Infill for Smoketown, Kentucky

Jury Comments

What a thorough analysis of the opportunity for intervention into a typical town that elevates the conversation regarding infill and landscape while respecting history and increasing density. Very applicable to many other places.

This project increases density while sensitively reinforcing the city’s historic fabric and reactivates interstitial neighborhood spaces to produce a robust public realm.

The challenges facing Smoketown are found in small and large communities everywhere. Likewise, the plan for Smoketown, with its emphasis on infill development, sustainable landscaping, and sensitivity to cultural and historic components, is a model for communities near and far.

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