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The curator of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture takes some time to explain why design is a critical part of the post-1968 urban and suburban landscape—and the museum itself.
Benches and greenery may seem inconsequential, but a new study quantifies how deeply they impact the civic life of a city.
Could the Mayor's Transit Plan improve Nashville's Health? The Tennessee based and nonpartisan Sycamore Institute sheds some light on how our transportation and transit systems impacts our health.
February UDF - National Museum of African American History and Culture Featuring Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP
Join us for our February UDF where Zena Howard, senior project manager of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will talk about her experience of designing a National Museum.
Fourth year architecture students from the University of Tennessee participated in the Nashville Civic Design Center's Urban Design Studio challenge co-sponsored by LP Building Products to concept a wood-framed, high-rise multi-use structure in Nashville, as seen in this model. (Photo: Business Wire)
Our Letters to the Mayor: Nashville exhibit will be open on the First Saturday Art Crawl! The exhibit will be a featured stop on the Downtown Art Crawl circuit for the duration of the exhibit with the closing night falling on the February Art Crawl. The exhibition is on display at the Nashville Civic Design Center from Nov 30th to Feb 3rd.
Nashville's architectural community is ready to have their voices heard, which is why 100 architects participated in the Nashville Civic Design Center's newly opened "Letters to the Mayor" exhibit.
Through a 3-day design charrette in Scott County, Tennessee, students learned about design of the built environment as a means of developing a future community that promotes health and economic vitality.
Learn how the Ten Principles of The Plan of Nashville support Mayor Barry's Transit Plan.
Nashville is growing by almost 100 people every day. To be prepared for the future, we have to invest in a transportation system that relieves traffic congestion, connects our neighborhoods, and increases access for all Nashvillians, whether they’re new arrivals or those who have spent their entire lives here.
During the Spring 2016 Semester, The Greater Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) requested the fourth year undergraduate Nashville Urban Design Studio to explore a proposal for a “New East Bank Neighborhood in Nashville.” The site is on the Cumberland River, just across from Downtown Nashville’s skyline. At the present time, despite its proximate location, it is an industrial wasteland: what urban theorist Alan Berger terms a Drosscape. The site is inherently bounded and constrained by the CSX mainline railroad embankment to the north, the elevated embankment of the I-65 interstate highway to the east, the Woodland Street embankment and extensive football stadium parking lots to the south, and the Cumberland River to the west. Nonetheless, with downtown Nashville’s extraordinary building boom ongoing, with no end in sight, this 55-acre location would seem ripe for urban redevelopment.
A Guide To Uniting Davidson Countys Public Spaces
A continuation of both The Plan of Nashville and Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan, the Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit is an assessment and development scoring tool intended for local and community associations when engaging new development. The Toolkit is comprised of neighborhood and parcel assessment resources, along with a development scorecard based on the 10 Principles of the Plan of Nashville.
The Project for Public Spaces, on their organization’s web site, asks “what if we built our communities around places?” They then go on to define Placemaking as “both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.”
Each team asked the questions “could the spaces proposed improve pedestrian, bicycle, and street connectivity? Could they maintain and/or strengthen street and/or bike and pedestrian connections depending on the site?” The intent was to promote walkable, bike-friendly environments and access to transit, with particular attention to providing connections between the proposed spaces and surrounding neighborhoods.
Nashville's embrace of temporary urban interventions is producing amazing results that are capturing the imagination of both locals and tourists alike.