Urban Designer / Lecturer , Nashville Civic Design Center / UT Knoxville College of Architecture & Design
Gary Gaston is the Design Director of the Nashville Civic Design Center, and a Lecturer with the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. Gary joined the Design Center in 2002, and has led numerous planning efforts for the organization. Gary was a principal contributing author to The Plan of Nashville: Avenues to a Great City, published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2005, and he co-authored Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities, published in 2012. Next City Magazine named Gary a “Next American Vanguard” in 2010. Gary served as the project director and executive producer of the NEA funded documentary film Design Your Neighborhood. Gary is currently working on a new book, Shaping the Healthy Community, to be published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2014.
Shaping Healthy Communities
BY GARY GASTON
@ 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.
BY GARY GASTON
@ VOL 12
ON MAY 07, 2014
Gary Gaston, Design Director at the Nashville Civic Design Center, emphasizes the importance of Nashville's riverfront, and how it can be improved upon for the future. With the help of a partnership with University of Tennessee at Knoxville Architecture students, he presents specific concepts which can transform the riverfront, ultimately preserving it for future generations.