Citizen's Institute on Rural Design


  • Want to bring rural design to your local community? Apply now!

    May 22, 2019

    After much anticipation, we are pleased to open another opportunity to be a part of a CIRD, a national initiative around rural design and creative placemaking. 

  • CIRD's Greatest Hits

    March 29, 2019

    CIRD communities offer a plethora of helpful hints and creative ideas for hosting community-wide events that address diverse rural design issues.

  • When Main Street is a State Highway: Building Community through Transportation in Valentine, Nebraska

    January 1, 2019

    Highway 83 runs from North Texas straight through to North Dakota. Valentine, Nebraska sits somewhere in the upper middle, the closest neighbor the Rosebud Lakota Sioux reservation, where Highway 83 morphs into Main Street. Valentine is lucky: the looming façade to façade reconstruction of Main Street - is a cause for celebration. 

  • Call for Contributions to the “Greatest Hits” Issue of the CIRD Newsletter this December

    November 13, 2018
    Calling all CIRD Awardees Past and Present!
    As Project for Public Spaces' tenure with the CIRD program concludes, we ask that you JOIN US in celebrating this great collaboration! This December's CIRD Newsletter will feature PPSxCIRDs "Greatest Hits" and we’d love to include you in that piece. We ask that you complete the attached survey, share your proudest CIRD moments, most surprising CIRD outcomes, and other meaningful CIRD memories with us! 
  • Crowdfunding & Real Estate: Spurring Local Investment in Small Towns & Rural Communities

    October 24, 2018

    Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have facilitated thousands of projects for artists and entrepreneurs. In exchange for donating, some perk or nod of recognition may come your way. You may have even contributed to a project without a promise of something in exchange, understanding that, while you’re supporting something you believe in, you will never get those dollars back.

    But now: imagine that you might get those dollars back. And imagine that you might even get a return on your investment. This is where the plot thickens.

    This is investment crowdfunding.