Past Nashville Event: VOL 11

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VOL 11

February 19, 2014
@ Neuhoff Complex

Join us Wednesday evening, February 19th at the Neuhoff complex for the 11th PKN Nashville! 12 presenters will feature the 6 built environment factors identified in Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan, highlighting initiatives and issues we face as our city continues to grow. 

Poster design by Janey Nachampasak

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Straw Bale Houses

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Manuel Zetlin, Principal Architect at Manuel Zeitlin Architects, aims to build sustainable houses by using natural materials and no chemicals. In one project, his team had to construct an additon for a 1945 brick home using straw bales, which came with its own unique challenges. 


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Inspiring Children to Learn Outdoors

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Cynthia Lee, director of Outdoor Education at University School of Nashville, shares her Young Naturalists program and encourages us all to take children outside to explore, experience, and connect with the natural world.

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Riding the Bus

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Greg Tidwell discusses his daily transit commute through Nashville, and shares information on how to use the MTA bus system, including the use of real-time information with google maps.

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@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Austin Littrell utilizes aquaponics - a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics - to increase use and awareness of urban agriculture. In the wake of industrial agriculture, which often involves genetically modified crops and liberal use of pesticides, we need new techniques to grow accessible, affordable, and healthy food. 

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Siting our Schools

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Mary Beth Ikard presents issues that come with school siting policy decisions, and explains how siting has implications for the regional transportation system and quality of life in communites. 

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Sick, Sad Nashville

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Urban designer Ron Yearwood presents the less glamorous parts of Nashville and the negative impacts of poorly designed infrastructure and sprawl. He emphasizes the importance of incorporating crosswalks at busy intersections, and explains that effecting change takes community involvement and participation. 

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Creating a Community Boathouse

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Brad Norris, architect and member of the National Rowing Club, presents the ideas and initiatives in progress to bring a community boathouse to downtown Nashville's riverfront.

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Nashville Grown

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Sarah Johnson, founder and Executive Director of Nashville Grown, presents the current state of local farming in middle Tennessee. She emphasizes the importance of supporting local farms, eating local food, and getting access to better land. 

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Sidewalks and Stormwater

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Adams Carroll, programs manager with Walk/Bike Nashville, presents problems with sidewalk and stormwater infrastructure in Nashville, and offers solutions to overcome these issues.

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Go Green in Nashville

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Brian Williams, CEO of Hands on Nashville and president of Go Green Home Services, shares the effort of these two organizations in reducing residential energy usage. He encourages us all to invest in positive economic environmental changes that will benefit the people and community of Nashville. 

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The Vandy Bubble

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Kristen McDaniel, student at Vanderbilt University, presents the "Vandy Bubble" and how Vanderbilt's campus relates to the 6 environment factors identified in Shaping The Healthy Community, The Nashville Plan.

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Shaping Healthy Communities

@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Gary Gaston, Design Director at the Nashville Civic Design Center, discusses some of the major concepts in the upcoming publication, Shaping Healthy Communities. Issues that are addressed include future transit options for Nashville, access to food, parks and open spaces, and making the city more pedestrian-friendly. He also differentiates betwteen natural, rural, suburban, urban, and the downtown core areas.

Ron Yearwood
Assistant Director, Nashville Civic Design Center in Nashville
Gary Gaston
Urban Designer / Lecturer , Nashville Civic Design Center / UT Knoxville College of Architecture & Design in Nashville
Sarah Johnson
Executive Director, Nashville Grown in Nashville, TN
Manuel Zeitlin
Architect, Manuel Zeitlin Architects in Nashville
Kristen McDaniel
Student at Vanderbilt University/Writer for NATIVE Magazine in Nashville
Brad Norris
Architect, Norris Architecture in Nashville
Adams Carroll
Program Manager, Walk/Bike Nashville in Nashville
Cynthia Lee
Teacher, University School of Nashville in Nashville
Greg Tidwell
Architecture & Urban Planning, Smith Gee Studio in Nashville
Mary Beth Ikard
Communications Director, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in Nashville
Austin Littrell
Urban Farmer/Landscaper/Tour Manager, Freelance in Nashville, TN
Brian Williams
President, Go Green Home Services in Nashville