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

Urban Paddling Tour with Cumberland River Compact

Urban Paddling Tour with Cumberland River Compact

Join the Nashville Civic Design Center and Cumberland River Compact for an urban paddling tour of downtown Nashville. This 3 mile paddle will begin at the Shelby Park boat ramp and stops will focus around areas where there are plans for riverfront development. The tour will conclude at Riverfront Park and a free shuttle will be provided back to Shelby Park for those who rent kayaks. The trip will be both fun and informative!

Cumberland Kayak is the outfitter supplying the kayaks for the Urban Paddling Tour. If you miss this event, make sure to check out their special tours as well!

RSVP & BYOB (bring your own boat-- paddle board, kayak or canoe) or rent one for $27/ person.

Sign up to book your kayak ASAP as space is limited!

Questions? Contact Joe Mayes at joe@civicdesigncenter.org or 615-248-4280 ext. 105.

Check out our route here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1P4mb65k9gUYsKd8y9BmwMgirb7Q&usp=sharing

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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