Urban Design Forum

Urban Design Forum


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. 

Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members

Thanks to Yazoo Brewing Company for being a sponsor of the Urban Design Forum.

Upcoming Events

April UDF: Creating Affordable Housing with Transit Oriented Development

April UDF: Creating Affordable Housing with Transit Oriented Development

Addressing challenges in affordability with high rise wood construction.

WeGo Transit, formerly MTA Nashville, is completing renovations to its downtown bus station, known as WeGo Central. Early design concepts for the original structure included 4 levels of residential development above the parking garage.  As Nashville continues to grow, there is more need for affordable housing. Vanderbilt Engineering students are exploring the potential addition for their final project. 

For this urban design forum, there will be presentations by Gary Gaston of NCDC, Scott Lockyear of LP Building Products, Kelsey Oesmann from Urban Housing Solutions, and the engineering students participating in the project.


The students’ project will discover the possibility of revisiting the original concept and propose new housing units above the transit center parking garage.

For the project, the students will:

  1. Analyze existing design concepts
  2. Explore precedents from other cities
  3. Identify the options of construction type, including Cross Laminated Timber
  4. Incorporate Low Impact Design elements in accordance with Metro Stormwater Manual, Vol. 5
  5. Determine the capacity of the existing structure
  6. Create detailed plans and section drawings

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