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 Traffic Circle Build

TURBO Traffic Circle Build

The Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood has approached TURBO to work on traffic calming at the intersection of 15th Ave & Elmwood Ave. 

We are working to find a temporary solution that will be able to further this conversation. A one week traffic circle will be tested between March 4th - March 10th. Attend the next TURBO monthly meeting and happy hour at 3 Crow Bar on Wed. Mar. 8 to learn more.

See what else TURBO is up to and Subscribe to the Young Urbanist Newsletter.

Street Fight: Janette Sadik-Khan

Street Fight: Janette Sadik-Khan

Join the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) for its inaugural Living the Plan Breakfast, featuring Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow, the co-authors of Street Fight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution. This duo will talk about how they were able to implement revolutionary changes to New York City’s streetscape, and Nashville’s potential to increase pedestrian safety and bikeability.

Each ticket includes breakfast and the new paperback copy of Street Fight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution. 

Host Committee : 

To find out more about our host committee opportunities, please e-mail

Program Information:

7:30a - 8:00a : Check-In

8:00a - 8:30a : Breakfast and Opening Remarks

8:30a - 9:00a : Keynote Speaker

9:00a - 9:30a : Book Signing


About the Authors of Street Fight

Janette Sadik-Khan

Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. She served as New York City’s transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, overseeing historic changes to the city’s streets—closing Broadway to cars in Times Square, building nearly 400 miles of bike lanes and creating more than 60 plazas citywide. A founding principal with Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities. She chairs the National Association of Transportation Officials, implementing new, people-focused street design standards, which have been adopted in 40 cities across the continent.

Seth Solomonow

As press secretary for the NYC Department of Transportation under Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Seth was the agency’s chief media strategist during a period of unprecedented change. He developed messaging and managed communications as dramatic streetscape transformations became headline and international news. These strategies helped inform the public debate and the successful implementation of some of New York City’s most ambitious initiatives, from the pedestrianization of Times Square to the building of nearly 400 miles of bike lanes, to the launch of Citi Bike, the nation’s largest bike share program. 

AUD•ible Design Field Trip: Columbus, IN and Cincinnati, OH

AUD•ible Design Field Trip: Columbus, IN and Cincinnati, OH

AUD - ible Field Trip - Columbus, Indiana to Cincinnati, Ohio

April 21st - 23rd, 2017

Columbus, Indiana “The Athens of the Prairie”

Columbus is an improbable town to say the least. The American Institute of Architects ranked Columbus 6th in the nation for architectural innovation and design – right behind Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Even if you are not an architecture buff, this small, southern Indiana town is well worth the visit to explore its streets and study its buildings, for it is one of the rare places on earth where the idea that architecture can improve the human condition has been put to the test.

Trip Highlights include:

  • Mill Race Park Tour

The remarkable redesign of this city park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates will be the perfect lunch spot once we arrive in Columbus to stretch our legs and explore the over 700 acres of park and open space, and 20 miles of people trails.

  • Miller House and Garden Tour

Private tour of one of the most highly regarded mid-century modern homes, designed by architect Eero Saarinen, landscape architect Dan Kiley, and interiors by Alexander Girard.

  • Architecture Bus Tour

This guided bus tour shows many of the more than 70 notable buildings and public art installations created by the likes of Eero Saarinen, Deborah Berke, Harry Weese, Kevin Roche, I.M. Pei, Henry Moore, and Dale Chihuly.

Cincinnati, Ohio "The Queen City"

Cincinnati is one of the most diverse cities when it comes to history and design because of its impressive quantity and quality of architectural styles throughout the city. It features some of the most iconic Art Deco designs in the United States, and designs by architects such as Samuel Hannaford and Isaiah Rogers.

Trip Highlights include:

  • Tour of Smale Riverfront Park

Recipient of the the National Facility/Park Design Award by the National Recreation and Park Association, Smale Park includes feature such as interactive play space, majestics gardens, a carousel, and more!

  • John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge

Option to tour Zaha Hadid’s Contemporary Art Center, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and/ or a Beer Tunnel Tour

  • Cincinnati Museum Center “Union Terminal” - “One of the most iconic Art Deco masterpieces in the United States”

Over the Rhine Neighborhood Tour

We will look at the historic neighborhood of Over the Rhine, where there has been a lot of revitalization and renovations throughout the neighborhood.  After the neighborhood tour, we will explore Findlay Market for Lunch.

  • Tour of Mariemont, Ohio

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