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

January Art Crawl: Letters to the Mayor Nashville

January Art Crawl: Letters to the Mayor Nashville

Letters to the Mayor: Nashville

The project "Letters to the Mayor" was initiated in 2014 by Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, and has now been replicated in more than 15 cities around the world with Nashville being the first US city outside of New York to participate. Letters to the Mayor: Nashville invites a selected group of local and international architects to write a letter to the Honorable Mayor Megan Barry. 

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The letters articulate from an architect’s perspective some of the pressing questions and desires that play an important role in the physical and political dimensions and decisions that drive the making of cities. Throughout history, architects have engaged with this responsibility and the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the role of the architect in the political arena has often been relegated to answering questions that others have asked. In their pursuit to design the next economically driven cultural-iconic-touristic object, an increasing number of architects, as well as political leaders, have neglected to recognize the potential of design to participate in the advancement of public life.

Letters to the Mayor: Nashville questions this dynamic, and invites local and global architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of city officials, and simultaneously into the public consciousness.

The exhibition will be at the Nashville Civic Design Center from Nov 30th to Feb 3rd  and a featured stop on the Downtown Art Crawl circuit for the duration of the exhibit with the closing night falling on the February Art Crawl. 

All letters submitted will become part of the ongoing international archive of Letters to the Mayor and upcoming publication, edited by Storefront for Art and Architecture.

For more information, please visit:

http://storefrontnews.org/programming/letters-to-the-mayor-nashville/

February Art Crawl: Letters to the Mayor Nashville

February Art Crawl: Letters to the Mayor Nashville

Letters to the Mayor: Nashville

The project "Letters to the Mayor" was initiated in 2014 by Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, and has now been replicated in more than 15 cities around the world with Nashville being the first US city outside of New York to participate. Letters to the Mayor: Nashville invites a selected group of local and international architects to write a letter to the Honorable Mayor Megan Barry. 

RSVP ON FACEBOOK

The letters articulate from an architect’s perspective some of the pressing questions and desires that play an important role in the physical and political dimensions and decisions that drive the making of cities. Throughout history, architects have engaged with this responsibility and the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the role of the architect in the political arena has often been relegated to answering questions that others have asked. In their pursuit to design the next economically driven cultural-iconic-touristic object, an increasing number of architects, as well as political leaders, have neglected to recognize the potential of design to participate in the advancement of public life.

Letters to the Mayor: Nashville questions this dynamic, and invites local and global architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of city officials, and simultaneously into the public consciousness.

The exhibition will be at the Nashville Civic Design Center from Nov 30th to Feb 3rd  and a featured stop on the Downtown Art Crawl circuit for the duration of the exhibit with the closing night falling on the February Art Crawl. 

All letters submitted will become part of the ongoing international archive of Letters to the Mayor and upcoming publication, edited by Storefront for Art and Architecture.

For more information, please visit:

http://storefrontnews.org/programming/letters-to-the-mayor-nashville/


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