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Street Fight: Janette Sadik-Khan

Street Fight: Janette Sadik-Khan

Join the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) for its inaugural Living the Plan Breakfast, featuring Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow, the co-authors of Street Fight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution. This duo will talk about how they were able to implement revolutionary changes to New York City’s streetscape, and Nashville’s potential to increase pedestrian safety and bikeability. This event will take place at Music City Center. 

Eventbrite - Nashville Street Fight: Janette Sadik-Khan

The Amazing Transit Race + Transit Mixer!

The Amazing Transit Race + Transit Mixer!

What's the fastest way to get to 5 points after work? Test your skills on a multi-modal race to 3 Crow. Choose your mode and meet at Music City Central (main bus terminal downtown). Prizes + beer tokens will be awarded to participants!

AUD•ible Design Field Trip: Columbus, IN and Cincinnati, OH

AUD•ible Design Field Trip: Columbus, IN and Cincinnati, OH

Join the Nashville Civic Design Center for an all-inclusive architecture and design field trip to Columbus, Indiana where we will visit over 70 beautiful sites and then travel to the art deco inspired city of Cincinnati. This tour is part of our AUD - ible programming series which highlights best practices in architecture & urban design.

Eventbrite - AUD-ible Design Field Trip: Columbus, IN and Cincinnati, OH

Placemaking: Challenges + Opportunities in Metro Nashville

Placemaking: Challenges + Opportunities in Metro 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.

“Food Forest “ Installation Intensive Workshop

“Food Forest “ Installation Intensive Workshop

Nashville Foodscapes, the Nashville Civic Design Center, the Urban Green Lab, Second Harvest Farms To Families and Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency are partnering to design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem. Help us and learn by attending these workshops!

Access and Livability: Transit-Oriented Development, The Franklin Corridor

Access and Livability: Transit-Oriented Development, The Franklin Corridor

As Nashville’s economy and population booms, creating new opportunities for transit will help keep our communities healthy and prosperous. Currently, Nashville is a car-centric city leaving most of its people with the automobile as the only option for transportation. As driving costs, obesity rates, and the median age of the population continue to increase, providing transportation options becomes a priority to ensure public health and continued mobility. 

Nashville considers new sidewalk requirements for developers

Nashville considers new sidewalk requirements for developers

Sidewalks will take center stage at the Metro Council in the coming months as multiple bills seek to apply pressure to developers in Nashville to ensure that more are built and existing ones aren’t blocked during construction.

16 Ways to Design a Better Intersection—And Better Cities

16 Ways to Design a Better Intersection—And Better Cities

IF YOU THINK the only purpose of intersections is to move cars past each other, you solve problems like a plumber: with bigger pipes. But wide, barren streets full of traffic don’t make a livable city. One solution would be nothing. No lights, no curbs, no sidewalks—just colored pavers. It works. Accidents decline, traffic slows, and property values rise. “You’ll never do as good a job as two ­people using body language and eye contact,” says Sam Goater, a senior associate at the Project for Public Spaces. But don’t rip out the infrastructure just yet. Urban designers have a good set of tricks to turn a city intersection into something more like a plaza and less like a freeway interchange. Cars pass, people walk, bikers bike, and everyone’s lives flow more smoothly.

What is your favorite place in Nashville?

What is your favorite place in Nashville?

NCDC Working With Gehl Associates To Find Inspiration From the Best Places in Nashville

The Nashville Civic Design Center wants to know your favorite places in town. Please take a few minuets to complete the survey so we can strive to make more better public space in Nashville.

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.

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