Studies

Envision Nolensville Pike: Community, Creativity and Imagination in Placemaking Preview

Envision Nolensville Pike: Community, Creativity and Imagination in Placemaking

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.

Creating a Walkable Green Hills Preview

Creating a Walkable Green Hills

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.

2nd - 4th Ave Underpass Skatepark Preview

2nd - 4th Ave Underpass Skatepark

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. 

Reclaiming Public Space: Accessing our Streets Preview

Reclaiming Public Space: Accessing our Streets

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.

Nashville's Boathouse: Connecting Community to the Cumberland Preview

Nashville's Boathouse: Connecting Community to the Cumberland

The vision for Nashville’s Riverfront is one that is aimed towards defining and enhancing the unique cultural identity of Music City, USA. As a thriving commercial and industrial district, Nashville’s focus on providing a vibrant waterfront experience for all has recently been bolstered by newly-constructed or renovated landmarks.

Access and Livability: Neighborhood Infill Strategies, Developing Davidson County Preview

Access and Livability: Neighborhood Infill Strategies, Developing Davidson County

Metro Nashville is projected to add 200,000 new residents and approximately 300,000 new jobs over the next 25 years. In order to accommodate this influx of growth, Metro must be responsive and proactive in how we design our city and county. While we expect a fair amount of re-development in the urban core as well as greenfield development in the region’s outer reaches, it’s the places in-between that have the most potential. Nashville Next, the general plan for Nashville’s future, calls for city’s pikes and the centers located at their crossroads, to be the areas that will accommodate new residents and workers as we grow. Therefore retrofitting these suburban areas and re- imagining them as mixed-use, vibrant places is imperative to the success of Nashville’s future. These suburban locales offer both a tremendous challenge and a great opportunity for redevelopment in the coming decades.

New Schools For Downtown Nashville

New Schools For Downtown Nashville

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.”

In Search of a New Home for the Nashville Sounds Preview

In Search of a New Home for the Nashville Sounds

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.

Neighborhood Update Report Preview

Neighborhood Update Report

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. 

Wedgewood Houston Study Preview

Wedgewood Houston Study

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.

Lebanon Preview

Lebanon

The AIA 150 Blueprint for America Assessment and Visioning Workshop for Lebanon.

Robertson County Preview

Robertson County

The AIA 150 Blueprint for America Visioning Workshop for Robertson County. Summary report on preserving open space and revitalizing historic town centers.

Blank Walls Preview

Blank Walls

Looking at the potential of blank walls around downtown Nashville.

Lafayette Preview

Lafayette

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. 

Chestnut Hill Preview

Chestnut Hill

This booklet contains detailed information explaining and illustrating these recommendations. The following pages outline each issue that was raised during the community meetings.

Dickerson Road Inventory Preview

Dickerson Road Inventory

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.

Capitol Boulevard Revisited Preview

Capitol Boulevard Revisited

Since the opening of the downtown Library, there has been renewed interest in the role that Capitol Boulevard, the street directly in front of the Library, plays in the life of the city. The Nashville Civic Design Center, the Library’s neighbor at 7th and Church, has been study ing public space downtown over the past year and placed Capitol Bou le vard at the top of its research agenda be cause of its prominence and potential. The drawings presented here are three, of possibly many, concepts for what Capitol Boulevard can become as we con tin u ous ly try to improve the quality of downtown Nashville.

Rolling Mill Hill & The Rutledge Hill Neighborhood Findings And Recommendations Preview

Rolling Mill Hill & The Rutledge Hill Neighborhood Findings And Recommendations

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.

Germantown Findings and Recommendations Preview

Germantown Findings and Recommendations

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.