Nashville Civic Design Center Receives National Recognition for its Work on Shaping Health Communities Project

Nashville Civic Design Center Receives National Recognition for its Work on Shaping Health Communities Project

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) is pleased to announce that Design Director Gary Gaston and author Christine Kreyling were selected from a national call for proposals to present their work related to “Design and Health” in Washington, DC. on April 23rd, 2014 at the “Value of Design: Design and Health” Summit. This event was held at the national headquarters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Only 12 presentations were selected nationwide from over 90 submissions. A publication featuring the work of all presenters will follow later this summer.

The “Value of Design: Design and Health” Summit focused on five areas that are deemed essential in the dialogue between good design and health. These five areas include: safety and social equity, physical activity, sensory experiences, environmental integrity, and access to nature. Presenting to a variety of architects, designers, and health practitioners, the summit seeks to engage the public in the discussion of design and how it influences health.                                                                                                             

Gaston and Kreyling presented research and strategies related to the NCDC’s upcoming publication Shaping the Healthy Community: the Nashville Plan, to be released by Vanderbilt University Press later this year.

Since spring of 2011, the NCDC’s Shaping Healthy Communities initiative has explored the interconnections between the built environment and public health. Design strategies for the seven “transect zone” types found in Nashville-Davidson County (natural, rural, suburban, urban, downtown, centers and districts) are presented in the plan—so that each can transform to foster healthier daily life. Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan, will be a 250-page narrative book, with vignettes of Nashville’s built environment today; personal narratives of life in Nashville’s neighborhoods, and Action items for the short, mid, and long-term redesign of Nashville’s neighborhoods to promote health and well-being. The book will also provide sidebars on key built environment and health topics by local and national experts; info-graphics on the impact of built environments on health; images of existing health promoting built designs; local resources, and extensive empirical references

Gaston is a 2010 recipient of the Next City “Vanguard” Fellowship, also participated as an alumnus in the 2014 Vanguard conference being held in Chattanooga, TN April 24th-26th, 2014. The highly esteemed Vanguard Fellowship goes to a number of emerging leaders from multidisciplinary disciplines that focus on different aspects of urban affairs. Gaston presented on the NCDC’s work related to the Shaping the Healthy Community at a Pecha Kucha event held at the Chattanooga Choo Choo on Friday evening.

A list of this year’s recipients can be found at the website:

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. The NCDC fulfills its mission through neighborhood revitalization projects, community visioning sessions, public input meetings on planned projects, public education about civic design and urban planning, The Plan of Nashville and the Urban Design Forum. For more information on the Nashville Civic Design Center and its programs, please