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Black Urban Design in a 'Changing America'

Black Urban Design in a 'Changing America'

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.

Health Impacts of Transportation in Tennessee

Health Impacts of Transportation in Tennessee

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 Art Crawl: Letters to the Mayor Nashville

February Art Crawl: Letters to the Mayor Nashville

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.

Health Impact Project: Scott County

Health Impact Project: Scott County

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.

Its Time To Get Started

Its Time To Get Started

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.

A New East Bank Neighborhood in Nashville

A New East Bank Neighborhood in Nashville

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.

Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit

Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit

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.

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.

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