American Planning Association: Reconnecting a city to its Cherokee culture through planning

January 18, 2024

From American Planning Association, Jan. 17, 2024.

Daryl Johnson adheres to a straightforward policy — listen, then draw.

Johnson — president, principal architect, and director of design at Johnson Architecture — put that ethos to practice when his firm was tasked with creating a master plan to try and revitalize the cultural corridor of Cherokee, North Carolina.

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Designed by Johnson Architecture and IBI Placemaking, the Cherokee Cultural Corridor Master Plan for Cherokee, North Carolina, includes a “maker’s space” and public mall, among other features. The plan recently earned an Honor Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and provides tourists and residents places to congregate, recreate and reconnect with the Cherokee heritage in a contemporary way.