• Exploring Higher Ground: Honoring Tribal Tradition in Louisiana's Climate Resettlement Plan

    In anticipation of the Tribe’s imminent resettlement from their ancestral land along the coast of Louisiana, in January 2017 the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe (IdJC Tribe) gathered for a pivotal community workshop, with support from the Citizen’s Institute on Rural DesignTM(CIRD).  The two-day workshop brought together an unprecedented group of Tribal members, a large and diverse resource team, and state, federal, and local government representatives, who were instrumental in developing a sensitive yet practical approach to the resettlement. 

  • Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Economic Development in Akwesasne CIRD Workshop Follow Up Q & A

    Akwesasne workshop scene

    The Akwesasne Tourism Working Group hosted Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ capacity building workshop on November 17-19, 2016. The workshop’s goal was to identify essential elements of Mohawk culture and language and apply Mohawk culture to inform new design standards for buildings, roadways, signage and landscapes within the Akwesasne Mohawk territory located in New York state, Ontario, and Quebec, Canada.

  • Building Capacity to Design and Engage Community in Thomasville

    The city of Thomasville, Georgia (population 18,700) hosted their Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ workshop at the Thomasville Center for the Arts and Scholars Academy on October 27-29, 2016. The goal of the workshop was to develop preliminary design concepts to inform a master plan for MacIntyre Park that would address stormwater runoff challenges in the park, while transforming it into a recreation destination that encourages active lifestyles among the city’s residents. This workshop implemented a collaborative, community led approach to revitalizing the park with a strong history and cultural heritage in the community, and brought city-wide partners together to tackle the design challenge.

  • Taking Action in Limon!

    The Town of Limon (population 2,000)  hosted their Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD)workshop February 27 to March 1, 2017.  In the short time since the conclusion of the workshop the community has already begun implementing short-term actions to leverage funding and build on the excitement generated at the workshop. 

  • Creative Placemaking Needs to Happen Now in Small Towns

    Zachary Mannheimer was a featured speaker in the webinar, Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation on March 23, 2017, co-sponsored by the Orton Family Foundation. This is an interview with Zachary about the work he does and what motivates him. 

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