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October UDF: National Building Museum

October UDF: National Building Museum

Come hear from Chase Rynd, executive director of the National Building Museum, to learn about the museum and its mission.

2019 Annual Luncheon

2019 Annual Luncheon

The Annual Luncheon serves as NCDC’s major fundraising event, featuring a keynote speaker that addresses a key topic in shaping Nashville’s future. This program has raised over $1,500,000 in support of NCDC’s mission and programs. Attendees include approximately 1,000 design professionals, developers, business leaders, state and local elected officials, department heads, neighborhood leaders and engaged citizens.

PechaKucha Vol. 33: From the Streets to the Sky

PechaKucha Vol. 33: From the Streets to the Sky

Join the Nashville Civic Design Center and Frist Art Museum for Nashville’s 33rd PechaKucha Night! For PechaKucha Volume 33, speakers will talk about public art, murals, and more.

Mayoral Candidate Survey Results

Mayoral Candidate Survey Results

NCDC asked Nashville’s mayoral candidates to provide their ideas for each of The Plan of Nashville’s 10 principles, that are essential to guide public policy, development practice, urban planning, and civic design.

Nashville Civic Design Center Communications Manager

Nashville Civic Design Center Communications Manager

NCDC is looking for someone who is; passionate and excited about fulfilling their mission, willing to work with NCDC staff, partner organizations, businesses, and the Nashville community, and knowledgeable or enthusiastic about urban design. 

NCDC Fellow Highlight

NCDC Fellow Highlight

Elizabeth Crimmins

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth, a Chattanooga, TN native, graduated from the College of Charleston in May 2018 where she majored in Historic Preservation and Community Planning with minors in Urban Studies and Art History. She spent time in college working as an intern for the Historic Charleston Foundation and the City of Charleston’s Design Division. It was during these internships that she found a passion for looking for opportunities to improve the interaction between humans and the built environment through design and public engagement. Elizabeth is looking forward to using her experiences as a foundation to work with the community to construct meaningful public spaces in the future. She will be attending graduate school at the University of Georgia in the Fall of 2019 to pursue a masters in Landscape Architecture.

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. 

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.



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