The Public Realm is the connective tissue of any district that allows creativity, serendipity, and authentic connections between people to truly flourish.  

More than just “The Gig”, innovation needs to be experienced, seen, and supported by a sense of place in Chattanooga. That’s why the Enterprise Center and Chattanooga Design Studio in collaboration with Gehl Studio and local stakeholders led the formation of a Public Realm Action Plan for the Innovation District in Chattanooga’s city center in spring of 2018. This Plan creates a new way for our community to identify challenges and opportunities for growing public life and to set target public life outcomes for future phases of physical improvements, informed by evidence and prototyped quickly on the ground. Specifically, the Plan identifies three pilot projects to build momentum in the district with people-first placemaking as the foundation.

Call to Action


THE porch rfq: public realm pilot project
DUE 27 september 2019

Chattanooga Design Studio seeks to contract with a multi-disciplinary design team to lead the design process and oversee implementation of a pilot project at The Porch at Patten Towers including adjacent sidewalks and streets. The selected team should be prepared to work collaboratively with Community Partners. While the Design Team will lead and provide recommendations to inform final implementation of the pilot project, resident and community input will guide the design process. Applications due Friday, September 27, 2019.


urban art fellowship: bus stop hotspots

Chattanooga Design Studio (CDS) and The Enterprise Center are seeking an artist for a summer fellowship to help implement some of the vision outlined in the recent Public Realm Action Plan. The artist, who will work closely with three design interns, will spend the summer at CDS exploring concepts around transit and placemaking set forth in the Plan. Working with the intern team, the artist will shape specific recommendations and improvements to bus stops and implement one or two concepts. Applications for the artist fellowship are due Sunday, May 19, 2019.