NCDC asked Nashville’s mayoral candidates to provide their ideas for each of The Plan of Nashville’s 10 principles, that are essential to guide public policy, development practice, urban planning, and civic design.
Elizabeth, a Chattanooga, TN native, graduated from the College of Charleston in May 2018 where she majored in Historic Preservation and Community Planning with minors in Urban Studies and Art History. She spent time in college working as an intern for the Historic Charleston Foundation and the City of Charleston’s Design Division. It was during these internships that she found a passion for looking for opportunities to improve the interaction between humans and the built environment through design and public engagement. Elizabeth is looking forward to using her experiences as a foundation to work with the community to construct meaningful public spaces in the future. She will be attending graduate school at the University of Georgia in the Fall of 2019 to pursue a masters in Landscape Architecture.
With development along the Cumberland Riverfront on the horizon, it is imperative to consider how improvements to connectivity and public space can increase the quality of life in and around downtown Nashville. Victory Memorial Bridge Park will not only enhance pedestrian and cyclist connectivity within and around Downtown Nashville but will be a landmark public space for the city. While literally bridging East Nashville and Downtown, the park responds to the significant proposed development along the East Bank. By reimagining the role of pedestrian connectivity and public space over water, this bridge park reconnects the people of Nashville with the Cumberland River in an innovative and immersive way.
Throughout the year, NCDC hosts various interns and fellows to help with our projects, publications, and initiatives. This year, we are hosting Edian Mece, a Design Fellow from Tirana, Albania. He is currently working on our Reclaiming Public Space, 2.0 publication. Read more about Edian's experience at the Design Center!
Edian is a young architect, urban planner and urban enthusiast who earned a Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic University, Faculty of Architecture. Before joining the Civic Design Center in January 2019, he worked at the Urban Planning Department at the Municipality of Tirana, Albania. His professional experiences include working as an architect in Milan, Italy and Tirana, Albania before starting working in the public sector. A strong advocate of public space, he is also an invited professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Tirana. Edian has been dealing with planning and design at different scales, having worked in the Tirana General Local Plan, Tirana 030, and various urban design projects.
The Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) is pleased to present an overview of our organization’s activities, presentations, publications and financial vitality for the 2017 fiscal year.
Concluding the three-part series, this article explores key considerations and next steps necessary to elevate Church Street Park and Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard into a public space worthy of Nashville. By highlighting case studies and unveiling new designs, NCDC outlines why public spaces are a hallmark of thriving, healthy, and welcoming cities.
In continuation of its three-part series, NCDC visions alternatives for Church Street Park. Through thoughtful consideration, Church Street Park and Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard can become one of Nashville’s defining civic spaces – one that enhances the city around it, reflects our exceptional identity, and welcomes all into the process of navigating our future together.
This article is the first in a three-part series released every Wednesday from Dec 5th - Dec 19th 2018. Throughout its history the Nashville Civic Design Center has worked extensively to improve the quality of our city’s public spaces – resulting in safer, healthier and better designed communities. This work has affirmed NCDC’s belief that a well designed, and programmed, Church Street Park is not only a valuable civic asset, but a viable alternative to the Park’s current form.
Gary Gaston, CEO of Civic Design Center, on making pets part of urban planning as an investment in health and well-being for everyone.