UT Students Contribute to NCDC Report on Urban Infill Concepts Along the East-West Connector Corridor

January 11, 2012

NASHVILLE—The Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) has released its latest report, Urban Infill Concepts along Nashville’s East-West Connector Corridor; a project created in partnership with the University of Tennessee College of Architecture & Design and the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

This report builds upon the partnership that resulted in the publication, Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities (MTF), published in April 2012. Moving Tennessee Forward compliments the MPO’s 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, exploring various scenarios that depict how the public and private sectors could begin to implement the MPO’s plan into the built environment. Urban Infill Concepts illustrates the benefits of reclaiming vacant or under-utilized land, especially along the East-West Corridor – the route identified for an expansion of transit services. The report highlights best practices, draws upon academic research and student design concepts, real-world precedents, in addition to examples of infill development already taking place in Nashville. 

For the sixth consecutive semester, Associate Professor (and former NCDC Design Director) TK Davis worked with the Civic Design Center and the MPO to identify critical project ideas in Nashville, focusing the students’ fresh eye for design on developing creative concepts for identified sites. The student projects illustrated in this document are concentrated along Demonbreun Street, from the roundabout to the Music City Center site. Some of the innovative ideas in this report include: a linear park capping the interstate between Midtown and The Gulch, a mixed-use high-rise tower atop the Clement Landport, a new culinary institute, an art themed hotel/artist community and a sculpture park.

“This report is timely with the planning process for the East-West Connector and the upcoming release of the new master plan for the entire SoBro District – it will serve to inspire developers, architects and city officials of the huge potential that the city has for redeveloping along our busiest commercial corridors,” said Gary Gaston, Design Director, NCDC.

The report is available to download on the Nashville Civic Design Center’s website here.

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, university partnerships, 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.

C O N T A C T S:

Gary Gaston, Director of Design at the Nashville Civic Design Center (615-248-4280, gary@civicdesigncenter.org)
Kiki Roeder, Director of Communications at the College of Architecture and Design (865-974-6713, kroeder@utk.edu)
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