Designing for an Economy of Neighborliness
The unique culture of Oregon County, MO played an integral role throughout their workshop, which was dedicated to creating a vision for the Co-Op’s expansion into a vacant building-- from a presentation of the Ozarks’ vernacular architecture that kicked off the workshop, to the live folk and country music that ended each day of great work— to the designing itself.  

From the Blog

  • The board that architecture students from Mississippi State University created to gather feedback, with the workshop participants' ideas.

    Start Dreaming, Houston!

    March 31, 2015
    We got a taste of Houston, Mississippi's creativity and energy during their Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ workshop, which explored how to transform the trailhead of the Tanglefoot Trail into a great community public space, and how to create a stronger connection between the trail and Houston’s downtown.
  • Photo Credit:  Linda Broeren, Flickr Creative Commons,

    Four Alliances Demonstrate That Urban + Rural = A Powerful Combination

    March 10, 2015
    Urban and rural communities are increasingly acknowledging areas of interdependence and common interests. Here are four examples of partnerships capitalizing on the unique assets of both rural and urban places to infuse creative energy into community development.
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.