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 UDF - Pathways & Public Space

January UDF - Pathways & Public Space

Join the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) for a walk, presentation, and reception where you will explore and learn about the alleys and public spaces of downtown Nashville. 

This event will begin in the alleyway outside of Gray & Dudley.

Event Agenda:
5:30p-5:45p: Gather in alley next to 21c Hotel at 2nd Ave N gallery to walk the alley*
5:45p-6:10p: Walk through Banker’s Alley from 2nd Ave. to the Hermitage Hotel (1/2 mile walk, see tour map below)
6:10p-6:15p: Gather in the Veranda Room at The Hermitage Hotel for presentations**
6:15p-7:00p: Presentations by Gary Gaston
7:00p-7:30p: Reception**
7:30p - End of Program



Some key spaces included in the tour are Church Street Park (see our 3 articles on how to “Dream Big” for this public Space), Bankers Alley (Our report and ideas for the alley), Printers Alley, and The Arcade. These public spaces have major potential or have been updated to enhance the pedestrian experience. As part of the walking tour experience, Church Street Park will be enhanced with projection art from Further Fest​! Follow them on instagram.

During the presentation portion of the program, Gary Gaston will discuss how public space has evolved over time in Nashville, NCDC’s research regarding public spaces in Nashville, as well as precedents across the country that have led to successful public parks and places.  

Speakers for this event include:
Gary Gaston, CEO of NCDC


*If you are unable to join us for the tour, please RSVP and check-in at the Hermitage Hotel starting at 6:00p. NCDC staff will be available to check you in when your arrive.
**There will be a cash bar available at The Hermitage Hotel during the reception and presentation.

Tour Map

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