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UDF: Reclaiming Public Space Downtown

UDF: Reclaiming Public Space Downtown

The June Urban Design Forum continues our focus on creating successful public spaces in Nashville and will feature a preview of the upcoming Reclaiming Public Space Vol. 2 report. This study explores improving existing public spaces and the opportunity to create new spaces for an ever-growing city. Project sites include Lafayette Street, Gay Street, 1st Avenue, the Riverfront and other sites throughout Downtown Nashville.

CityThink: Affordable Housing Game Night

CityThink: Affordable Housing Game Night

On June 25th, join the Nashville Civic Design Center for the public release of the Affordable Housing 101 report, the companion presentation slide deck, and the Game of Rent - a gamified teaching tool for building empathy and understanding about housing. The Game of Rent puts real, local data around what it takes to live in different neighborhoods. Roll the dice and be dealt a hand, then make the most of your situation in a race to find an apartment you can afford.

NCDC Fellow Highlight

NCDC Fellow Highlight

Edian Mece

Throughout the year, NCDC hosts various interns and fellows to help with our projects, publications, and initiatives. This year, we are hosting Edian Mece, a Design Fellow from Tirana, Albania. He is currently working on our Reclaiming Public Space, 2.0 publication.  Read more about Edian's experience at the Design Center!

About Edian

Edian is a young architect, urban planner and urban enthusiast who earned a Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic University, Faculty of Architecture. Before joining the Civic Design Center in January 2019, he worked at the Urban Planning Department at the Municipality of Tirana, Albania. His professional experiences include working as an architect in Milan, Italy and Tirana, Albania before starting working in the public sector. A strong advocate of public space, he is also an invited professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Tirana.  Edian has been dealing with planning and design at different scales, having worked in the Tirana General Local Plan, Tirana 030, and various urban design projects.

NCDC Annual Reports

NCDC Annual Reports

The Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) is pleased to present an overview of our organization’s activities, presentations, publications and financial vitality for the 2017 fiscal year. 

Alleyways of Nashville

Alleyways of Nashville

This publication shows some of the strategies that alley programs internationally have implemented in their work. Some have environmental benefits such as replacing asphalt with a more pervious material to collect water; while others have benefits for improving people's safety and perception of alleys such as providing lighting and visibility. Adopting even a few of these strategies could help transform alleys in Nashville which could becomes more active and prosperous. Most of these strategies require low maintenance, but it is important to take advantage of public space as a canvas for programming social activity. 

Dreaming Big for Public Space (Part 3)

Dreaming Big for Public Space (Part 3)

An Alternative Choice for Church Street Park (part 3 of 3)

Concluding the three-part series, this article explores key considerations and next steps necessary to elevate Church Street Park and Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard into a public space worthy of Nashville. By highlighting case studies and unveiling new designs, NCDC outlines why public spaces are a hallmark of thriving, healthy, and welcoming cities.

Fairgrounds Public Meetings Report

Fairgrounds Public Meetings Report

The Nashville Civic Design Center was asked by Mayor David Briley and the Fairgrounds Nashville Board of Directors, to facilitate a series of public meetings with the Fairgrounds Design Team, to get input in order to inform a more refined version of the Fairground Improvement Plan.

Opinion: Nashville leaders whiffed on a Ryman public plaza

Opinion: Nashville leaders whiffed on a Ryman public plaza

Tennessean opinion piece by Kem Hinton on a missed opportunity to implement public space in downtown, proposed by NCDC 13 years ago. Our proposed public plaza would have faced the Ryman and emphasized its historic presence in Nashville. (photo credit Tennessean)

Franklin Pike Multi-modal Path

Franklin Pike Multi-modal Path

Oak Hill is a satellite city of Nashville, TN located less then 4 miles south of downtown Nashville along Interstate 65 between Nashville and Franklin. The main spine of Oak Hill is Franklin Pike which connects it to Brentwood and Berry Hill. The location is conveniently accessible allowing for several commuting options along I-65, Franklin Pike, etc. Oak Hill is also the gateway to Radnor Wildlife Refuge area, a major asset to the entire region attracting over 1.45 million visitors in 2017.Oak Hill Mayor, Heidi Campbell, approached the Nashville Civic Design Center with the idea of creating a multi-modal path along Franklin Pike to better connect Oak Hill with the Walk N Bike Master Plan, the future and existing greenway network by taking advantage of the right-of-way along Franklin Pike.Oak Hill is a satellite city of Nashville, TN located less then 4 miles south of downtown Nashville along Interstate 65 between Nashville and Franklin. The main spine of Oak Hill is Franklin Pike which connects it to Brentwood and Berry Hill.

The location is conveniently accessible allowing for several commuting options along I-65, Franklin Pike, etc. Oak Hill is also the gateway to Radnor Wildlife Refuge area, a major asset to the entire region attracting over 1.45 million visitors in 2017.

Oak Hill Mayor, Heidi Campbell, approached the Nashville Civic Design Center with the idea of creating a multi-modal path along Franklin Pike to better connect Oak Hill with the Walk N Bike Master Plan, the future and existing greenway network by taking advantage of the right-of-way along Franklin Pike. This connection could bridge the gap between Oak Hill residents, Radnor Lake State Park, Oak Hill is a satellite city of Nashville, TN located less then 4 miles south of downtown Nashville along Interstate 65 between Nashville and Franklin. The main spine of Oak Hill is Franklin Pike which connects it to Brentwood and Berry Hill. The location is conveniently accessible allowing for several commuting options along I-65, Franklin Pike, etc. Oak Hill is also the gateway to Radnor Wildlife Refuge area, a major asset to the entire region attracting over 1.45 million visitors in 2017.Oak Hill Mayor, Heidi Campbell, approached the Nashville Civic Design Center with the idea of creating a multi-modal path along Franklin Pike to better connect Oak Hill with the Walk N Bike Master Plan, the future and existing greenway network by taking advantage of the right-of-way along Franklin Pike.

Meet Wharf Park

Meet Wharf Park

Join NCDC and Metro Parks for our "Meet Wharf Park" event series!

Building Better Bus Stops

Building Better Bus Stops

Prefabricated platforms are helping cities experiment with bus infrastructure, without spending so much time and money.

Pets Welcome: Franklin

Pets Welcome: Franklin

This weekend, more than 80 local businesses in Downtown Franklin will open their doors to pets and those who love them. Created in partnership with Downtown Franklin Association, City of Franklin, Nashville Civic Design Center, Williamson County Animal Center, Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Mars Petcare, these organizations are partnering to host a community event that celebrates the launch of the city’s “Pets Welcome” business pilot program, which will test and evaluate the benefits of having pets in more places – including increasing social connections, a stronger sense of community and even contributing to customer loyalty.



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