× About the project Archival Sources The Confused Grad student attempting this? Media coverage about Norris TVA generated material Press Releases Essays about Norris Rationale of Typologies Housing Typologies Plans Elevations Rent Schedules Photos from the FSA Photos from/by the TVA Brief History of Company Towns Other sources



About this project

This project is an attempt at trying to understand the connections between cities and infrastructural projects such as dams. My test site is the town of Norris in Tennessee built by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Today, parts of Norris are on the National Register for Historical Places. In trying to bring out connections between cities and infrastructure, I think it is important to bring out human stories. I am using photographs (from the Library of Congress FSA collection) to think about the urban form. One of underlying aspects of my project is to try and analyze Norris for what it is — a model company town that embodied a certain utopia. So then what is the story? Simply put the story is to try and think about the relationships between cities and infrastructure through people’s lives.