Design Your Neighborhood


Design Your Neighborhood is a unique four-week internship experience for Nashville inner city Youth focused on architecture, urban design and planning, graphic design, and filmmaking. The youth are exploring issues related to design with highly trained professionals and city leaders. The program culminates with participants creating video shorts and a movie poster that will compliment a documentary movie based on their experiences. The documentary will be submitted to film festivals in Nashville and across the country. This is truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience for youth and adults alike!  

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Art Works.  DYN serves NEA’s overarching goal that “the arts contribute to the strengthening of communities.

Crowdfunding Site

NCDC has launched a crowdfunding site for the Design Your Neighborhood Toolbox website, which will provide resources that will allow this program to be run nation-wide. NCDC created and ran the Design Your Neighborhood program as an intensive summer camp for high school students that focused on architecture, urban design, planning, civic design, graphic design, and film making. The participants had the opportunity to apply what they had learned to a park design project that made their community a better place for youth.

When you teach students design, you give them an opportunity to express their opinions and the tools necessary to inform their voice. Opening up this opportunity to youth across the country will inform the next generation on the impact that design can have on communities.

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Reclaiming Public Space: Accessing our Streets

Reclaiming Public Space: Accessing our Streets

The goal of evaluating public access to roads in Nashville is to create an awareness of various road restrictions caused by situations such as construction and special events and how such occurrences affect the public. The proposals presented are intended to inform, improve, and reclaim various spaces to improve the convenience and safety of walking, cycling, and using public transit in a shared road space.

Nashville's Boathouse: Connecting Community to the Cumberland

Nashville's Boathouse: Connecting Community to the Cumberland

The vision for Nashville’s Riverfront is one that is aimed towards defining and enhancing the unique cultural identity of Music City, USA. As a thriving commercial and industrial district, Nashville’s focus on providing a vibrant waterfront experience for all has recently been bolstered by newly-constructed or renovated landmarks. These projects include the expanded Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater, First Tennessee Park, and residential and commercial development on Rolling Mill Hill. This evolving built landscape in the downtown area is accented and accompanied by Nashville’s central natural feature, the Cumberland River. Despite the growth happening throughout downtown that has served to draw residents and visitors alike to the city’s core, there has been little progress made towards placing Nashvillians back on the water. Establishing a focal point, an object of recreation, community, and sport – which enhances the experience not only along the river, but also on the river – will create a consistent attraction for all of Nashville to utilize. The development of a Nashville Boathouse will strengthen the riverfront identity of a city that has long called the Cumberland River Basin home.

Rolling Mill Hill & The Rutledge Hill Neighborhood Findings And Recommendations

Rolling Mill Hill & The Rutledge Hill Neighborhood Findings And Recommendations

This document was produced to help guide development of the Metro-owned properties known as Rolling Mill Hill. These holdings include the site of the former Metropolitan Hospital and the area of the historic trolley car barns. The work was produced by the Nashville Civic Design Center in concert with the greater Nashville community. The design staff and interns of the Civic Design Center during the study were: Mark M. Schimmenti, Design Director; John Houghton, Design Assistant; and the design interns Blythe Bailey, Ted Booth, Abbie Lee Majors, and Catherine Tracy. The historical research was conducted by Astrid Schoonhoven. The geological study was by John Houghton. Judy Steele of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, Randall Hutcheson of the Metro Planning Department, and Jeff Campbell of Metro Public Works contributed significantly to the report.

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