About the Program
During Summer 2015, the School of Architecture will offer an urban design program based at the Nashville Civic Design Center. This is an extension of the 13-year long partnership between the two institutions.
A two course sequence comprising Summer Session One and Two: ARC 483/583 Urban Design (or ARC 571 Urban Context Studio) and ARC 493/593 Directed Research will be taught over a 12-week period from May 31 – July 3 and July 5 – August 7. Each session constitutes six credit hours, with the urban design course counting as vertical design studio credit. UT students will be encouraged to enroll in both sequential sessions for a total of twelve (12) credit hours, but students may elect to take one course alone.
The Nashville Urban Design Program will utilize Metropolitan Nashville and Middle Tennessee as a laboratory to visit and experience the issues and opportunities confronting the region, including examples of its most interesting historic and contemporary architecture, and public spaces.
The program is targeted for undergraduate architecture students rising into their fourth or fifth year, or Track Two or Three graduate architecture students rising into either semester of their Level Three curriculum, subject to the Chair of the Graduate Program’s advanced approval. Students enrolled in the Landscape Architecture Program or Interior Design Program may apply for enrollment, subject to the advanced approval of their respective program’s leadership.
Summer Session One: ARC 483 Urban Design – May 29 – July 2, 2014
Summer Session Two: ARC 493 Directed Research – July 3 – August 8, 2014
Summer Session One will be comprised of students enrolled in ARC 483/583 Urban Design Vertical Studio, ARC 571 Urban Context Studio, or ARC 573 Urban Design Vertical Studio. These courses will address an urban design problem responding specifically to Greater Nashville, with exploration of urban issues in understanding and making the architecture of the city. Student investigations will analyze cultural, physical and environmental influences and precedents of community on architectural form, space, and structure in the civic realm.
Summer Session Two will be ARC 493/593 Directed Research. This course involves sponsorship of the faculty member, with each student working on a specific topic or project related to that faculty member’s area of expertise, research, scholarship, or creative activity. This course is not available for design credit in the required undergraduate or graduate curriculums.
During Summer 2013, students worked in five two-person teams to propose micro-unit housing for Downtown Nashville, with each team addressing a site of their choosing, as an advocacy for this emerging urban typology.
The Directed Research course produced a 90-page full color book documenting the problem challenge, housing research, precedent studies, design projects and summary conclusions. The work also was the subject of an exhibit at the NCDC during Fall 2013.
The Nashville Civic Design Center
The urban design program will be located on Second Avenue at the Nashville Civic Design Center in the heart of historic downtown Nashville, overlooking the Cumberland River, and the studio will observe and participate in the ongoing public activities of the Center as a “think tank” and an educational environment. The faculty member teaching the summer program is the former Design Director at the NCDC from 2004-2008. From contacts made during this experience, the faculty member is able to draw on a broad range of distinguished public officials, architects, planners, and developers from Nashville and Middle Tennessee during pin-up design reviews and workshops.
Founded in 2000, the Nashville Civic Design Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to elevate the quality of Nashville’s build environment and to promote public participation in the creation of a more beautiful and functional city for all. Towards this end, the NCDC promotes the Ten Principles and related goals of The Plan of Nashville, a vision for growth and development, created and endorsed by citizens of Nashville. The NCDC also provides an intensive learning environment for summer interns from its partners the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University, as well as other national and international programs engaged in urbanism.
Nashville is an energetic cultural environment in which to study architecture and urbanism. Much of its cultural life derives from its qualities as a “creative class” city, in some measure generated by the music industry, but also including a robust visual arts presence.
Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing. In the past, students have often been from families in Middle Tennessee, staying at home and commuting in each day for the 9;00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. program. Other students have readily found sublets from students at one of the eight university or college programs in the area. In addition, an excellent residential dormitory is available at the Scarritt-Bennett Center, adjacent to the Vanderbilt campus, and located on a major, direct bus ride of two miles into the NCDC.
Overnight Field Trip
One of the highlights of the summer program is an overnight field trip to Columbus, Indiana, long considered a mecca of modern architecture and landscape architecture in North America. Modest expenses associated with this trip are not included in the program’s tuition.
Regular instate or out of state tuition, graduate rates may be higher. Students arrange their own housing and meals.
Thomas K. Davis FAIA, Associate Professor and Nashville Urban Design Program Director
865.974.3283 / email@example.com
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