Civic Design Center to launch international design competition

The Nashville Civic Design Center will launch international design competition Designing Action, sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and focusing on the industrial East Bank of the Cumberland River.

Designing Action is an IDEAS competition to envision the many ways infrastructure that promotes active, healthy-living. Cash prizes of $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded to the winners. An exhibition of the work of the finalists will be held in October.

Submissions for the competition will be accepted beginning Friday, June 1, with all submissions due by Monday, Aug. 13.

Designing Action seeks to encourage the re-imagination of an industrial site along downtown Nashville’s Cumberland River, with emphasis on creating active spaces for healthy citizens and highlighting alternative sports and related activities. The site offers many variables to spur creative solutions. It is a brownfield disconnected from the neighborhoods of East Nashville by an elevated interstate.

“Our goal … is to generate innovative ideas and concepts that could enhance the future redevelopment of riverfront property, promote active lifestyles and increase the quality of life for all of Nashville’s citizens,” Gary Gaston, NCDC design director, said in a release.