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BROWN-FORMAN GIFT TO BENEFIT
THE CITY OF LOUISVILLE

By George Lewis

 

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"Our great universities have united many times to provide students with the best possible learning resources. I'm confident this partnership will continue to serve the best interests of the Commonwealth."

--Lee T. Todd Jr.,
president,
University of Kentucky

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Oct. 15, 2001 (Louisville, Ky.) -- University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. today accepted a $500,000 donation from Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp. to establish a visiting endowed chair in architecture at the UK-University of Louisville Urban Design Studio (UDS).

"Our great universities have united many times to provide students with the best possible learning resources," Todd said. "I'm confident this partnership will continue to serve the best interests of the Commonwealth."

Joining Todd in accepting the donation were Louisville Mayor David Armstrong, UK College of Architecture Dean David Mohney and U of L Provost Carol Garrison.

Upon announcing the donation, Owsley Brown II, chairman and CEO of Brown Forman, said, "This unprecedented partnership between UK and U of L will help address the architectural and planning challenges facing Kentucky's largest urban area. We are pleased that our grant will bring some of the world's leading architects, designers, and urban planners to work in Louisville."

Brown-Forman markets premium spirits, wine, Lenox china, Hartmann luggage, and other nationally recognized brands.

UK anticipates that the state will match the $500,000 contribution through its Research Challenge Trust Fund.

The UDS is a cooperative venture of the UK College of Architecture, the U of L Department of Urban and Public Affairs and the City of Louisville. Located in the heart of downtown Louisville at 307 S. Third St., the UDS investigates design issues in the Louisville metropolitan area and develops solutions for them.

The UDS opened in April 2000. Its students and staff work on projects such as e-Main, which seeks to revitalize the East Main Street area in downtown Louisville, and the Bardstown Road Parking Survey. The studio collected data and compiled information regarding the use and nature of parking conditions on Bardstown Road. Using this information, the UDS proposed solutions to the parking problems.

In addition to Louisville projects, the UDS, in conjunction with the UK Downtown Design Center in Lexington, works on the Kentucky Mayor's Design Institute, which is a project that allows the mayors of Kentucky's cities to come together and present design ideas and challenges and potential solutions.

All activities at the UDS occur in an environment open to the public. Because of its location in downtown Louisville, the UDS allows students to actively participate in the community.

Other projects under way at the studio include:

Design charrettes and background preparation for selected projects in Louisville, North Old Louisville and South Broadway, the Russell neighborhood and Portland Marine Hospital.

Development study drawings for the Cornerstone 2020 plan.

Downtown convention hotel planning.

Broadway corridor development studies.

Brownfield site analysis and redevelopment projects.

Downtown Louisville Plan components.


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