Nashville Civic Design Center hosts Open House Designs for “Retrofitting Suburban Centers”

Nashville Civic Design Center hosts Open House Designs for “Retrofitting Suburban Centers”

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) will host an open house reception on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 5:00-6:30 pm for viewing University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design Spring Studio design projects. The studio features students presenting their design concepts for “Retrofitting Suburban Centers with walkable urbanism and housing’s missing middle.” 

Greater Nashville is now populated by 1.6 million, with demographers in agreement that by 2040 the projected population of the region will be 2.6 million.  To prepare for such radical change in growth, transit, and quality of life, Mayor Dean has charged the Planning Department with leading a two-year, “NashvilleNext” comprehensive planning study emphasizing public participation, consensus building, and quality growth. 

Within the NashvilleNext initiative, Planning Director Rick Bernhardt has asked urban design studios at both the University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech (with sponsorship) to address the topics of Retrofitting Suburbia and Walkable Urbanism as parallel, complementary investigations, focusing on long range proposals for a dozen different suburban center sites, selected for their potential for urbanization as prototypes—locally, regionally and nationally. 

The studio explores the question of what constitutes urban design innovation, excellence, and best practices.  The studio will address ten different sites in Davidson County, including Bellevue, Old Hickory Village, Antioch, Bordeaux, the Nations, South and Northeast Nashville. The outcome of this studio will ultimately be a publication and exhibition that will be assembled and published by the NCDC.

"Considering Nashville’s expected growth, we are in for profound changes in design and development as to where and how we live, and how we move about from home to work.  Under-performing suburban centers throughout Metro Nashville have a very significant potential for high density, mixed-use, walkable development retrofit.  This University of Tennessee advanced urban design studio has investigated that potential on ten different sites," said TK Davis, Associate Professor and former NCDC Design Director.

The mission of the Nashville Civic Design Center is to elevate the quality of the Nashville's built environment and to promote public participation in the creation of a more functional and beautiful city for all. For more information on the Nashville Civic Design Center visit