Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ Announces 2014 Awards
Communities from Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and New Hampshire have been selected to host to rural design workshops in 2014-15. Read more about the communities here!

From the Blog

  • Photo credit: Project H

    6 Tips for Bringing Good Design to Your Town

    September 9, 2014
    Good design impacts tourism, jobs, property values and quality of life. What can we do to bring good design to small towns and rural communities? Here are a few inspiring examples.
  • Photo Credit:  Michelle Benoit, March 2014 Epicenter Frontier Fellow, Used with permission

    Good Design Sparks Rural Community Development

    August 13, 2014
    Now more than ever, creative professionals are turning their attention to community development. While this trend toward good design is exciting, it’s harder to find in rural community development. Here are a few ideas from the forefront of rural design.
Map showing locations of CIRD Workshops
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Established in 1991, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design has convened more than 60 workshops in all regions of the country, empowering residents to leverage local assets for the future in order to build better places to live, work, and play.

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CIRD supports host communities before and after their workshops via informational conference calls and webinars that cover critical topics in community engagement, rural design, partnership development, and workshop planning.