The Nashville Civic Design Center was asked by Mayor David Briley and the Fairgrounds Nashville Board of Directors, to facilitate a series of public meetings with the Fairgrounds Design Team, to get input in order to inform a more refined version of the Fairground Improvement Plan.
In Nashville Civic Design Center's "The Nashville Plan: Shaping the Healthy Community" seven transects are identified that make up Davidson County. Each of these zones have their strengths and challenges as they strive to form a healthy, safe community. This publication of the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) is aimed to make us rethink how public spaces in Davidson County can be reactivated across various scales. The report looks at five individual sites within their respective “transect zone." They are: Natural and Rural, Suburban, Center, Urban, and Downtown.
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.
This project was undertaken as an outstanding teaching and learning opportunity, and as an advocacy for Charlotte Avenue's ambitious future design and development as a "healthy corridor" with a greenway and public transit, complemented by new urban architecture. The study presents a 20-year vision for high density, mixed-use, transit-oriented development (TOD) that incorporates principles and best practices for a comprehensive health and wellness corridor.
Nashville has an increasing and diverse demand for affordable housing. Past and current growth trends have led to concentrated poverty and gentrification throughout the city. As these issues are seen across the U.S., Daniel Parolek identifies “Missing Middle” housing as a solution to this mismatch between current U.S. housing and shifting demographics.
Led by Conexión Américas and funded by the Kresge Foundation, ENVISION NOLENSVILLE PIKE maps out --literally and figuratively-- the aspirations and dreams for the Nolensville Pike corridor as expressed by residents and business owners during community gatherings. A public/private partnership with the Nashville Area MPO, Transportation for America and the Nashville Civic Design Center.
A snapshot of the suburban transect chapter from Shaping The Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan
Green Hills is a shopping destination center that was designed around the automobile. The construction of the Mall has spurred commercial development along Hillsboro Pike, in a suburban, strip-mall format with surface parking fronting the corridor. This type of development is not conducive to walking or biking, but instead increases road congestion and discourages a healthy lifestyle. This publication is a result of the work done in partnership with TURBO Nashville and the Alliance for Green Hills.
Around the globe – and especially in the US where our national highway system has penetrated nearly every major city – local governments, state departments of transportation, and even private organiza-tions are experimenting with transforming the quality of space found beneath and near interstate over-passes. Areas typically designed for cars are receiving face-lifts, and occasionally, new programmatic uses. Enhancements to these types of bridges and overpasses range from minor treatments to intense renovation and reconstruction like the proposed skatepark.
The goal of evaluating public access to roads in Nashville is to create an awareness of various road restrictions caused by situations such as construction and special events and how such occurrences affect the public. The proposals presented are intended to inform, improve, and reclaim various spaces to improve the convenience and safety of walking, cycling, and using public transit in a shared road space.
Summer Session One was comprised of ten students enrolled in ARCH 483: Urban Design Vertical Studio. This course addresses urban design projects responding to specific Greater Nashville conditions, with exploration of urban issues in understanding and making the city’s architecture. Student investigations analyze cultural, physical and environmental influences on architectural form, space and structure. Summer Session Two was ARCH 465: Directed Research. With a faculty member’s scholarship, each student works on a specific topic or project related to that faculty member’s area of expertise, research, scholarship, or creative activity. The product seeks to become a publication.
The addition of two new schools in downtown could have a dramatic positive affect on the growth and new development in the urban core of Nashville, reversing the trends of suburbanization and promoting a more urban and sustainable lifestyle. In the book Urban Design, author Jon Lang describes the idea behind “plug-in urban design,” as the strategic placement of infrastructure in a city to spur development and/or unify development, incentivize owners, and boost an area’s competitive advantage. Lang complements his discussion of plug-in design by examining the recent construction of two schools in Chattanooga: “[Schools] are part of every day life. Good schools are essential in attracting middle-income families to live nearby. The catalytic effect is social, economic, and physical.”
This publication focuses on the implementation of transit development due to increasing population and urban growth. This development is a result of a proposed BRT line along Gallatin Pike, and also a vision for transit-ready development (TRD). The objectives of this publication include, “communicating the role of transit-oriented development, evaluating successful TRD precedents, charting Nashville’s progress on implementation, and the featuring of existing projects that emphasize goals of compact, mixed-use development.”
Urban Design Vertical Studio was a course that addressed urban design projects responding to specific Greater Nashville conditions, with exploration of urban issues in understanding and making the city’s architecture. Student investigations analyze cultural, physical and environmental influences on architectural form, space and structure. A second session, Directed Research, was were each student worked on a specific topic or project related to that faculty member’s area of expertise, research, scholarship, or creative activity.
In the public charrette workshops, community members analyzed the livability of their respective communities based on a variety of concerns. These factors, listed below, measure the overall success of a community’s livability for current citizens and future generations.
Active Learning, Beautification, Civic, Convenience, Entertainment, Food Access, Health Care, Housing Type.
Work with UTCoAD students study Clarksville and the riverfront area
The Nashville Sounds are Middle Tennessee’s AAA minor league baseball team. They had been playing at Herschel Greer Stadium (capacity 10,300), which is located in Fort Negley Park, since 1978. The facilities, while having served Nashville well, left much to be desired when compared to other cities’ more modern AAA stadiums. Its location made accessing the stadium difficult for newcomers, and it did little to engage or enhance its built environment.
The aging baby-boomer population of Nashville, and across the United States, has created a demographic shift in recent years. In 2000, the majority of Nashville’s population was an age group of 21-34, greatly outnumbering those 65 years and older by more than half. It is estimated by 2018 that both age groups will be equal in number. This dramatic shift has been an incentive for cities across the country to reexamine the livability of their communities and implement changes to meet the universal needs of a multi-generational citizenry. The city of Nashville has been no exception in examining the needs of an ever-changing population. As a result, The Nashville Livability Project, an initiative by Mayor Karl Dean and Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors, was created in 2009 following the research and recommendations of the Livable Community Task Force. Since inception, it has been the goal of the Nashville Livability Project to address the issues of the aging Nashville population and examine the obstacles in creating a more livable and universally designed city for all generations, community by community.
Building more livable communities - Public Charrette workshop report: Madison and Sylvan Park
The Nashville Civic Design Center announced the Germantown Gateway Design Competition, to create gateway identities for one of Nashville’s most historic and neighborhoods. The competition was a partnership with Historic Germantown Nashville, Inc.
This report was produced by the Nashville Civic Design Center staff in cooperation with the Nashville neighborhood groups with which the center has worked in the past. The report was written by Sarah Floyd, staff intern, and edited by Gary Gaston, Design Studio Director, with significant contributions by Anna Shell and Marielle Lovecchio, staff interns.
The A.I.A. 150 Blueprint for America Community Assessment and Visioning Workshop for Kingston Springs
Revitalizing the town center and conserving open land in Kingston Springs summary report
This booklet contains detailed information explaining and illustrating these recommendations. The following pages outline issues that were raised during the community meetings, explaining information that was obtained through research by the Civic Design Center, and expands upon the recommendations given to the neighborhood.
The AIA 150 Blueprint for America Assessment and Visioning Workshop for Lebanon.
At the request of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) the Nashville Civic Design Center conducted a study of the Lafayette - 8th Avenue Area.
This analysis of development opportunity sites along Dickerson Road is to be used by perspective developers as a supplement to the Metro Planning Department’s work on the East Nashville Community Plan.
This booklet contains detailed information explaining and illustrating these recommendations. The following pages outline each issue that was raised during the community meetings.
At the request of the Organized Neighbors of Edgehill (ONE) the Nashville Civic Design Center conducted a study of the Edgehill Neighborhood. The study area is to the south of The Gulch, north of Wedgwood Ave., west of 8th Avenue South and east of the alley separating Villa Place and 16th Avenue South.
This document was produced to help guide development of the Metro-owned properties known as Rolling Mill Hill. These holdings include the site of the former Metropolitan Hospital and the area of the historic trolley car barns. The work was produced by the Nashville Civic Design Center in concert with the greater Nashville community. The design staff and interns of the Civic Design Center during the study were: Mark M. Schimmenti, Design Director; John Houghton, Design Assistant; and the design interns Blythe Bailey, Ted Booth, Abbie Lee Majors, and Catherine Tracy. The historical research was conducted by Astrid Schoonhoven. The geological study was by John Houghton. Judy Steele of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, Randall Hutcheson of the Metro Planning Department, and Jeff Campbell of Metro Public Works contributed significantly to the report.
The Nashville Civic Design Center conducted thefollowing design research and analysis to help guide community development immediately north of downtown Nashville, an area bounded by I-265/65, JamesRobertson Parkway, and the Cumberland River. The study area included the neighborhoods of Buena Vista, East Germantown, Germantown, Hope Gardens, and Salemtown.