The Nashville Urban Design Forum was founded in 1995, and meets monthly to discuss the role Design plays in the city and around the world.
Urban design forums promote cross-disciplinary understanding of urban design amongst urban professionals; raise awareness of the benefits of urban design; provide a forum for discussion of design-based approaches that are relevant to the development and management of Nashville's neighborhoods and the city as a whole.
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Thanks to Yazoo Brewing Company for being a sponsor of the Urban Design Forum.
Join the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) for a walk, presentation, and reception where you will explore and learn about the alleys and public spaces of downtown Nashville.
This event will begin in the alleyway outside of Gray & Dudley.
5:30p-5:45p: Gather in alley next to 21c Hotel at 2nd Ave N gallery to walk the alley*
5:45p-6:10p: Walk through Banker’s Alley from 2nd Ave. to the Hermitage Hotel (1/2 mile walk, see tour map below)
6:10p-6:15p: Gather in the Veranda Room at The Hermitage Hotel for presentations**
6:15p-7:00p: Presentations by Gary Gaston
7:30p - End of Program
Some key spaces included in the tour are Church Street Park (see our 3 articles on how to “Dream Big” for this public Space), Bankers Alley (Our report and ideas for the alley), Printers Alley, and The Arcade. These public spaces have major potential or have been updated to enhance the pedestrian experience. As part of the walking tour experience, Church Street Park will be enhanced with projection art from Further Fest! Follow them on instagram.
During the presentation portion of the program, Gary Gaston will discuss how public space has evolved over time in Nashville, NCDC’s research regarding public spaces in Nashville, as well as precedents across the country that have led to successful public parks and places.
Speakers for this event include:
Gary Gaston, CEO of NCDC
*If you are unable to join us for the tour, please RSVP and check-in at the Hermitage Hotel starting at 6:00p. NCDC staff will be available to check you in when your arrive.
**There will be a cash bar available at The Hermitage Hotel during the reception and presentation.