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The Golden Cone Awards 2016

The Golden Cone Awards 2016

The Golden Cone Awards + reception celebrates the hard work and creative efforts of PARK(ing) DAY installations from over 40 organizations and business in Downtown Nashville. Judging for the installations will be completed during PARK(ing) DAY, Friday, September 16th.

CityThink: Nashville's Next Era of Great Parks

CityThink: Nashville's Next Era of Great Parks

Join Nashville Civic Design Center and Metro Parks to discuss initial findings & recommendations in Plan to Play—Nashville’s Master Plan for Parks & Greenways.  Plan to Play serves as Nashville’s “playbook” for our parks system over the coming decade. CityThinks are Nashville Civic Design Center's public program designed for discussion around current and proposed urban design practices in and around Nashville. 

Open Streets: 12 South

Open Streets: 12 South

Open Streets Nashville will be coming to 2.3 miles of 12th Ave South on October 30, 2016. This iconic stretch connects the Gulch, Edgehill and 12th South neighborhoods. The event will kick off at 2pm with a parade and continue until 6pm.  All of Nashville is invited to walk, bike, skate, and play in the streets with us in this fun, free and family-friendly event. 

2016 NCDC Annual Luncheon

2016 NCDC Annual Luncheon

The Annual Luncheon serves as NCDC's major fundraising event. This years Keynote Speaker is Paul Goldberger, a leading figure in architecture criticism.  His lecture will focus on the importance of urban design and "Why Design Matters." 

Pop-up Park at Five Points

Pop-up Park at Five Points

TURBO Nashville

A look through the eyes of a tactical urbanist at pop-up parks in East Nashville during Tomato Arts Festival.

Thomas Woltz: Wild By Design

Thomas Woltz: Wild By Design

Get excited for our upcoming October Urban Design Forum with Thomas Woltz and have a look at this article by Garden and Gun. 

Unlike many landscape architects, Thomas Woltz isn’t interested in imposing his will on nature. He’d rather let nature set the terms. In the process he’s turning heads and proving that ecology can be beautiful

Mayor Barry's Transit Triathlon

Mayor Barry's Transit Triathlon

Mayor Hosts Multi-modal Adventure Through East Nashville

To help the city make the best possible plans around our future mobility, Mayor Megan Barry needs to hear from you and invites you to Nashville’s Transit Triathlon on Saturday, August 27 from 11am-1pm.

December UDF: A Park System Like No Other - Peter Harnik

December UDF: A Park System Like No Other - Peter Harnik

Peter Harnik will challenge Nashville to walk its talk and take it’s “It City” status into the realm of parks. As the Director for Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence, Peter understands deeply the relationship between cities and parks—and what it takes to integrate innovative city park systems within growing, vibrant communities. 

International company to handle Broadway ped work

International company to handle Broadway ped work

Metro enlists Denmark-based Gehl to join Nashville’s RPM on effort

The Metro Public Works Department has added an international company to contribute to an ongoing public realm study for Lower Broadway.

The department has a $350,000 contract with Nashville-based RPM Transportation Consultants, which resulted in Metro instituting a pilot program in late summer 2015. Through RPM, Copenhagen, Denmark-based Gehl is now subcontracting, according to Jenna Smith, Public Works spokeswoman.

Access and Livability, The Missing Middle: Retrofitting the Centers and Corridors of Nashville

Access and Livability, The Missing Middle: Retrofitting the Centers and Corridors of Nashville

Nashville has an increasing and diverse demand for affordable housing. Past and current growth trends have led to concentrated poverty and gentrification throughout the city. As these issues are seen across the U.S., Daniel Parolek identifies “Missing Middle” housing as a solution to this mismatch between current U.S. housing and shifting demographics.

Envision Nolensville Pike: Community, Creativity and Imagination in Placemaking

Envision Nolensville Pike: Community, Creativity and Imagination in Placemaking

Led by Conexión Américas and funded by the Kresge Foundation, ENVISION NOLENSVILLE PIKE maps out --literally and figuratively-- the aspirations and dreams for the Nolensville Pike corridor as expressed by residents and business owners during community gatherings. A public/private partnership with the Nashville Area MPO, Transportation for America and the Nashville Civic Design Center.

Creating a Walkable Green Hills

Creating a Walkable Green Hills

Green Hills is a shopping destination center that was designed around the automobile. The construction of the Mall has spurred commercial development along Hillsboro Pike, in a suburban, strip-mall format with surface parking fronting the corridor. This type of development is not conducive to walking or biking, but instead increases road congestion and discourages a healthy lifestyle. This publication is a result of the work done in partnership with TURBO Nashville and the Alliance for Green Hills.

Pedestrian Powered Street Lamps

Pedestrian Powered Street Lamps

How Nashville Can Benefit From Its Walkers

To become a more environmentally sustainable community Nashville must continue to adopt new practices and technologies. A good places to start is creating an on demand street lighting system that is powered by the very people who use the street at night. A technology developed by EnGoPlanet allows a pedestrian to power the lighting of a street lamp by simply walking under it.  

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