CIRD

Citizen's Institute on Rural Design

Articles

  • Tips for More Nimble and Inclusive Rural Design

    May 7, 2015

    We spoke to Maria Sykes, a citizen architect and the co-founder of the public interest design firm Epicenter, to learn more about what it takes for rural projects to become successful.

  • Designing for an Economy of Neighborliness

    February 6, 2015

    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.  

  • Butchers, Bakers, & Candlestick Makers: A Co-Op Creates Community in Rural Missouri

    November 5, 2014

    On September 12th, we arrived in Alton, Missouri, and stepped into the warm, eclectic and fresh-baked pie scented space of the Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op to plan their November workshop-- which will cover vernacular architecture, local food production, regional food security, green building design, and Co-Op development.

  • Community-Wide Engagement & Revitalization in Berwick, Maine

    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.  

  • Bringing Life Back to Live Oak

    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.

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