Implementation

Implementation

NCDC hosts a monthly event called "CityThink", where professionals throughout Nashville Davidson County come and present about various topics presented in Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan. These events will bring awareness to how public health is impacted by the design of a community, and will inform citizens how to make their community a healthier place.  

The design center is also participating in studies in various counties throughout Tennessee to understand how the principles in the publication can be applied in places other than Nashville. This research will focus on using the healthy community checklist provided at the end of the book. This checklist can be used to evaluate communities as a whole, as well as individual buildings in any community.

NCDC's projects and events will inform the community and developers:

-  How to create community and neighborhood plans that promote public health through the design of buildings and communities as a whole.

- Strategies identified in the publication to all stakeholders to help give the community an understanding of how urban design and their day-to-day routine can affect their health.

- Introduce an Urban Design Challenge in locations throughout Nashville and designs are entered into the competition to better the public health by integrating public art and urban design.

 

Recent Projects

A New East Bank Neighborhood in Nashville

A New East Bank Neighborhood in Nashville

During the Spring 2016 Semester, The Greater Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) requested the fourth year undergraduate Nashville Urban Design Studio to explore a proposal for a “New East Bank Neighborhood in Nashville.” The site is on the Cumberland River, just across from Downtown Nashville’s skyline. At the present time, despite its proximate location, it is an industrial wasteland: what urban theorist Alan Berger terms a Drosscape. The site is inherently bounded and constrained by the CSX mainline railroad embankment to the north, the elevated embankment of the I-65 interstate highway to the east, the Woodland Street embankment and extensive football stadium parking lots to the south, and the Cumberland River to the west. Nonetheless, with downtown Nashville’s extraordinary building boom ongoing, with no end in sight, this 55-acre location would seem ripe for urban redevelopment.

AARP Action Report: Community Challenge Grant

AARP Action Report: Community Challenge Grant

This publication is a summary of the results and findings of the Grant awarded to NCDC from AARP. This project used tactical urbanist methods to influence neighborhood change.

Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit

Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit

A continuation of both The Plan of Nashville and Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan, the Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit is an assessment and development scoring tool intended for local and community associations when engaging new development. The Toolkit is comprised of neighborhood and parcel assessment resources, along with a development scorecard based on the 10 Principles of the Plan of Nashville.

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