Young Urbanists

Nashville is a great city on the rise -- full of young, talented, creative minds advocating for great urban spaces, places and activities that engage the community. We can easily envision the potential for Nashville's urban core, believing that growth must be accompanied by conscious effort and innovative design. We have seen the successes from other cities around our nation, and even our own state, of how transitioning our focus to creating pedestrian-friendly places improves our quality of life.


A Young Urbanist may:

- Like biking as a commuting option and see a need for improvement among our busy car-centric corridors

- Want the ability to walk to destinations safely and efficiently

- Want the ability to grow food, without the hassle of owning a suburban style lot

- Have an interest in advocating for more public spaces, activating existing ones, or making real efforts to effect change in public policy + land development

- Want the ability to be an Urban dweller, but with a "beer budget"

These are the types of conversations we feel a Young Urbanist group can be more involved with can begin turning talk into action. We, the young urbanists, are tired of hearing about the possibilities. We are ready to create and implement them! The YU group is geared towards young people (artists, designers, students, architects, landscape architects, planners, real estate agents, contractors, developers, engineers, concerned citizens, etc) that have a passion and curiosity about Urban Design and Civic Spaces.

Get connected with your city through TURBO or our PechaKucha presentation series!

TURBO: Tactical URBanism Organizers. This group uses tactual urbanism methods, which are small and often temporary changes to the built environment that will ideally turn into permanent change across the city. Tactical urbanism is mostly started by regular citizens and goes strait to action in order to avoid slow and inhibiting bureaucracy.

PechaKucha Nights: PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.


Upcoming Events

TURBO Meeting - July 2017

TURBO Meeting - July 2017

Join us to talk about the upcoming TURBO projects and installations.  

TURBO - Tactical URBanism Organizers. A group that uses tactical urbanism methods, which are small and often temporary changes to the built environment that will ideally turn into permanent change across the city. Tactical urbanism is started by regular citizens and goes strait to action in order to avoid slow and inhibiting bureaucracy.

Learn more about TURBO at www.turbonashville.org/.

PechaKucha Night - Vol. 25: Shaping an Artful Community

PechaKucha Night - Vol. 25: Shaping an Artful Community

Friday, July 21, 5:30–8:00 p.m.

PechaKucha Night - Vol. 25: Shaping an Artful Community

This event will take place in the Frist Auditorium | Free to Nashville Civic Design Center and Frist Center members; tickets for non-members are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

From cutting edge galleries to new initiatives in bringing art to the community, Nashville is growing its reputation as a lab for creativity. Come hear a curated lineup of visionary thinkers and doers whose energy is likely to inspire and hasten the artistic transformation of the city.

The original PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as a way for young designers to meet, network, and show their work to the public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with PechaKucha Nights now happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from a Japanese term for the sound of "chitchat," its format is simple—20 images x 20 seconds—making presentations concise and moving things along at a rapid pace. Visit cividesigncenter.org for more details.
 
TURBO Tomato Fest Installation

TURBO Tomato Fest Installation

Come visit the TURBO "Street Team" when we turn a gas station parking lot into a pedestrian zone at 5 Points.  Interested in volunteering to help us set-up for the event? Come to our upcoming TURBO meetings or fill out our volunteer interest application.

PARK(ing) Day 2017

PARK(ing) Day 2017

What is PARK(ing) Day?

Sign up to create your parklet

Pick out your a parking spot you would like to occupy. Use the map to see where other parklets will be. 

Once you have figured out your spot - fill out the waiver

Design and plan how you will create your parklet. Use the PARK(ing) Day Manual to see best practices for creating parklets from the creaters of PARK(ing) Day.

Have your parklet built by 10am on Friday, September 15, 2017 so it can be entered to win a Golden Cone Award! Golden Cone judges will be judging parklets from 10am to 3pm during PARK(ing) Day, be sure your parklet is looking its finest!

After PARK(ing) Day please join us at the Annual Golden Cone Awards and see if you won!

Not sure if you completed the waiver? Find out HERE!


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