Rural design is an important tool for rural communities to build upon existing assets and improve the way a community looks, its quality of life, and its economic viability. However, few rural communities have access to design assistance or the expertise to tackle these challenges on their own. The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) provides communities access to the resources they need to convert their own good ideas into reality.
From the Blog
September 3, 2013Placemaking trailblazer Ed McMahon shares inspiring examples of communities across the United States that have taken charge of their own success.
August 19, 2013How have Amesbury, MA, and other small towns reinvented themselves for the future and turned once-faded histories into a source of local pride?
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.
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.