Creating Places: A Citizen Observer's Look at Nashville's Built Environment
Writer's Note: William Williams' interest in the manmade environment dates to 1970, at which point the then-young Williams started a collection of postcards of city skylines. The collection now numbers 1,000-plus cards. Among the writer's specific interests are exterior building design, city district planning, demographics, signage, mixed-use development, mass transit and green/sustainable construction and living. Williams began his Creating Places column with The City Paper in February 2005. The column in its original form was discontinued in September 2008 and reinvented via this blog in November 2008. Creating Places can be found on the home page of the website of The City Paper, at which Williams has worked in various capacities since October 2000.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Creating Places: SoBro police precinct
Still, the exterior of the building is excessively bland, lacking definition, a clear entrance, and the type verticality that the south side of KVB so badly needs. In fairness, the architect (Moody Nolan) had minimal physical space to work with (for example, the building's side that will face Sixth will be no more than about 35 feet wide). I would also suppose the design budget was no more substantial than this writer's knowledge of commercial country music.
So with those limitations, I'll try to be optimistic and hope the police precinct building, upon its completion, will grade at least a C-plus (if not a B-minus).