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.
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Design Your Neighborhood is a four week summer internship for high schoolers that teaches different aspects of design as a way of thinking and problem solving. During the internship, they will do a series of design exercises and field studies that teach the principles of urban design and civic engagement.
At the end of the program, the youth will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned a self-directed neighborhood improvement project of their choice. The projects will reflect their personal interests and concerns for issues in their neighborhood. They will develop not only design solutions, but also an action plan as they strategize community stakeholders, partners, and leaders who would be necessary in making their project a reality. This NCDC's way of getting the "youth voice" involved in the planning and design of our city, which will empower our next generation of leaders.
Nashville is evolving. Once known for its vast farmland and natural beauty, Nashville has become a city of music, sports, art, design, honkytonks, and more. Since the turn of the century, Davidson County's population has increased almost 20%, raising the question, "Is Nashville ready?" We are ready. Metro departments and non-profits in Nashville continually update and create new masterplans, including the parks "Plan to Play" master plan ( including a greenway master plan), solid waste master plan, "Nashville Next" (transit plan), WalknBike master plan, and NCDC's own citywide masterplan, The Plan of Nashville.
This event is postponed until a later date! Check back soon for more details!
Our June Urban Design Forum, "Grow, Eat, Repeat," features a diverse panel of professionals that will discuss food systems throughout Nashville including; sustainable farming practices, improving healthy food access, and the effort to diminish food waste.
This event spawned from NCDC's recent publication, Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan. The book identifies food resources as one of the key elements to a healthy city. Some of the Health promoting factors in the book include; increased and easy food accessibility, affordable and accessible healthy food options, and limited food waste.
What is an Urban Design Forum?
Urban design forums are monthly events hosted by NCDC that 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.
Britt Norvell - Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
Tasha Kennard - Nashville Farmers' Market
Edward Wansing - The Compost Company
Christa Fausto - Pinay's Kitchen