A panel of judges convened by the Nashville Civic Design Center has chosen conceptual drawings by Michael Albert and Victor Perez Amado as the winner of its East Bank visioning competition. Albert and Amado emphasized a relatively simple design for much of the 75 acres south of LP Field, which they labeled The Bend. Their concept places commercial development on the northern third of the property and centers the sports-oriented development closer to the river on an 8,000-seat circular arena, an amphitheater and a boathouse. See more of their ideas here and other finalists' concepts here.
This week's City Paper showcases a number of the ideas that have been submitted to the Nashville Civic Design Center's competition to envision an overhauled East Bank downtown. Designers were asked to incorporate outdoor exercise elements and sports venues into a mixed-use environment.
Seventeen submissions were picked as finalists, from which three winners will be chosen. They will be made public later this week. In the meantime, here are some of the concepts that caught our eye.
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.
Tonight's Nashville Civic Design Center meeting should prove interesting, with the built environment entity to focus on two proposed developments of major interest to those in the construction, architecture, engineering, transit and banking industries: OneC1TY and Hamilton Springs. Ohio-based Health Care REIT (which has a Nashville office) hopes to develop the former, proposed for a major chunk of real estate off Charlotte Avenue and near the HCA complex. If it fully materializes, OneC1TY (a rendering of which is seen here) would rank as one of Nashville's most unusual projects.
For the details, check the NCDC website.
The politics and the money still need to be sorted out, but plenty of folks have been thinking for a good while about the future home of the Nashville Sounds. The Civic Design Center on Tuesday hosted a forum showcasing the work of University of Tennessee College of Architecture + Design graduate students who have been musing since the fall on how to integrate a potential Sounds stadium into Sulphur Dell or the North Gulch areas. The students also were asked to think of how multiple uses could in turn be built into the venue.
We hope to have more images from the event soon, but in the meantime, here's a taste of some of the designs Sushant Verma came up with. Want to go check out the designs in person? The Civic Design Center is displaying them all month.
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