During the Spring of 2017, a class of 5th graders at Wright Middle School learned about urban design as a way of thinking through and problem solving issues in their community. They learned about the history and identity of their neighborhood, explored the neighborhood through an urban design walking tour, and brainstormed solutions to the issues that they saw.
After learning the principles of urban design, the Design Your Neighborhood interns applied their knowledge to a design for an ideal neighborhood on the east bank of the Cumberland River in Downtown Nashville. Working in groups, they brainstormed a vision for the neighborhood, and then worked with design professionals to create drawings.
LEAD Academy's Freshman Seminar went through the Citizenship in Action: Community Design 101 curriculum. For their final project, the students had an option of focusing on either gentrification/affordable housing, or walkability in their neighborhood. The students researched the issue, and created proposals for solutions that included steps for implementation. Each class period voted for what they believed was the best project, and implemented them through a Civic Design Showcase for their community.
After two weeks of learning about urban design and community engagement, the Design Your Neighborhood interns applied their knowledge to an improvement idea for their own neighborhood. They created project boards, and presented them in the Metro Chamber Room. The presentations were followed by a vote for the idea that they would like to continue developing.
The Nashville Civic Design Center taught a Winterim course at Harpeth Hall called "Urban Design for Nashville and the World." After learning about urban design strategies both locally and globally, the students applied their knowledge to a transit hub in Green Hills on the corner of Abbott Martin Road and Bandywood Drive.