Citizen's Institute on Rural Design
September 30, 2014
This past July we sent out a request for stories of rural communities fighting the decline of their main streets and town centers. Berwick, Maine told us their story of their town's revival, and how they incorporated different strategies, including community-wide engagement and visioning in the wake of the closing of their leather tannery, and the vacant site it left behind.
August 8, 2014
Last November, Live Oak, FL hosted a CIRD workshop on how to rebuild their downtown. Eight months later, we are so impressed with how much the town has already improved, and has turned the guidance and ideas from the workshop into major strides towards revitalization.
July 18, 2014
Communities from Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and New Hampshire to Host Rural Design Workshops.
June 2, 2014
The National Solidarity Programme has vastly improved Afghanistan's rural infrastructure and communities by giving Afghan citizens an active role in government to "identify, plan, manage, and monitor their own development projects" -- demonstrating the power of community-driven change.
May 27, 2014
The Program Staff of the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ is pleased to announce the receipt of 48 applications for our 2014-15 rural design workshops! The applications came from a remarkable range of communities across 26 states, ranging from a town with a population of 414 in Indiana, to a region comprised of 17 provinces in Idaho- each with unique histories, cultures, assets and identities, yet facing challenges that are pertinent to rural communities across America.