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TEDTalk: How Architectural Innovations Migrate Across Borders

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In this TEDTalk, architect Teddy Cruz asks us to rethink urban development from the bottom up, with a fresh perspective on what we can learn from ‘places of scarcity’.

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Music City Center in Nashville Drives Economic Success

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New convention center generated $26.4 million economic impact in first quarter of operation.

Since opening its doors in May, Nashville’s $585 million, 1.2-million-square-foot Music City Center has given the city a beacon for development and anchored a renaissance in downtown Nashville.

In its first quarter since opening, Music City Center‘s 100 events led to more than 18,000 hotel room nights and generated $26.4 million in economic impact. It is also the catalyst for more than $1 billion in new development in Nashville’s burgeoning SoBro neighborhood, located South of Broadway.
Music City Center was a collaboration among the architecture firms tvsdesign, Tuck Hinton Architects and Moody Nolan; the construction team of Bell/Clark/Harmony; and the Nashville mayor’s office.

The result is a center that is more than just a place for meetings. It is a place that encompasses the spirit of Nashville and Tennessee.

There was a lot of care taken to create a place that reflects the best features of the city and brings them down to the human scale,” said Kevin Gordon, principal with tvsdesign. “We’ve designed convention centers all over the world, including three of China’s largest convention centers and four of the five most popular U.S. convention centers. There really isn’t anything else like Music City Center in the world.”

And developers have taken notice. Two new hotels have already opened near the convention center. Another hotel, several restaurants and a 41-story mixed-use tower also are under development.

Even before opening last May, Music City Center reached an event booking goal that yielded 1 million hotel room nights at downtown hotels. It hopes to reach that same mark this year, too. The center’s more than 100 events already hosted have included the Nashville International Auto Show and the fan experience for the 2013 CMA Music Festival.

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Click here for more information on Music City Center, or visit nashvillemusiccitycenter.com.

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Construction Update: Mall Plaza Egaña

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Mall Plaza Egaña is one of four retail projects tvsdesign is creating for developer and mall operator, Mall Plaza, which will set a new standard for progressive and sophisticated retail in Chile.

Mall Plaza Egaña is surrounded by small scale, low‐rise urban residential buildings, single family home, and was designed to recapture the role of the community’s “central marketplace.” With careful placement of the various mixed-use components, the surrounding community was not only retained, but enhanced.

The new mall will feature:

  • 5-levels of shopping in a sustainable environment
  • Multiple levels of underground parking
  • Large rooftop terrace
  • Large Food Court with beautiful views to the cityscape and mountains

Below, recent construction photos show Mall Plaza’s vision becoming the most progressive shopping experience in Latin America.

 

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TEDTalk: Architecture at home in its community

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In this TEDTalk, Xavier Vilalta shows how he champions an alternative approach: to harness nature, reference design tradition and create beautiful, modern, iconic buildings fit for a community.

See also: Emerging Trends in Mixed Use and Urban Development