Golden Cone Awards and Mayor Karl Dean announces new Pilot “Parklet” Program

Golden Cone Awards and Mayor Karl Dean  announces new Pilot “Parklet” Program

Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) hosts the Golden Cone Awards and Mayor Karl Dean

announces new Pilot “Parklet” Program

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – The NCDC hosted the second annual “Golden Cone Awards” on Tuesday, September

30th at The Cordelle to honor PARK(ing) Day 2014 participants and contributors. The award recipients and

honorees are as follows:

Most Creative: Pfeffer Torode Architecture

Most Engaged: Kennon Calhoun Workshop

Most Informative: Turnip Green Creative Reuse

Best Use of Space: Gobbell Hays

Best Wow Factor: Hastings Architecture Associates

Most Sustainable: Land Trust for Tennessee / Garden Club of Nashville

Most Comfortable: Metro Planning Department

Best Overall: Gresham Smith & Partners

People’s Choice: Pfeffer Torode Architecture

Reclaiming Public Space Honorees: The Cordelle, MDHA, Mayor Karl Dean

Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people

to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In

urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more

pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The strategies that generated these conditions are not

sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant urban human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about reimagining

the possibilities of the metropolitan landscape.”

At Tuesday’s event, Mayor Karl Dean echoed the spirit of PARK(ing) Day with the announcement the pilot of a

new city-wide “parklet” program. The Mayor stated that while parklets are similar to the street creations found

at PARK(ing) Day, these installations “can happen any time of the year, not just on one special day of the year.”

The mayor explained these installations will convert “one or more parking spaces to create temporary or

permanent public space for a set period of time” and “can be transformed into green space, seating area, or

designed for pedestrians to enjoy while they are walking by.” Metro Public Works is currently exploring

guidelines and the best process for the pilot program. As Nashville strives to be a more livable city, the mayor,

along with the Nashville Civic Design Center and other community organizations, hope this new program will

continue to improve the quality-of-life of both residents and visitors.

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 visit www.civicdesigncenter.org.