Citizen's Institute on Rural Design


  • Call in Review: Secrets of Successful Communities with Ed McMahon

    September 3, 2013

    After a lively discussion with Placemaking expert Ed McMahon about the Secrets of Successful Communities, participants shared their lingering questions. This post contains Ed's responses and insights.

  • Citizens' Institute on Rural Design Announces 2013 Awards

    June 12, 2013

    The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design has announced four organizations selected to host design workshops in rural communities in Florida, Kentucky, New York, and Texas.

  • Citizens' Institute on Rural Design to Host Three Capacity-Building Calls This Summer

    June 6, 2013

    The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) will be co-hosting three monthly capacity-building conference calls over the course of the summer. Part of the ongoing CommunityMatters conference call series, these calls are designed to help any community working on a design or planning project get the skills they need to succeed, as well as the inspiration to get started.

  • What is Good Rural Design?

    March 21, 2013

    Rural design involves the planning and manipulation of the environment for the betterment of the community. Design is a process that involves brainstorming ideas, developing plans and proposed designs, and implementation of a project.

  • CIRD Community-Centered Project Design Call

    February 19, 2013

    In 2010, a Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design workshop in Taos, New Mexico helped reinvigorate a public plaza and create a new network of pathways and sidewalks.  At an Elk Horn City, Kentucky workshop in 2011, attendees identified creative solutions to connect the community with its riverfront.  In dozens of communities across the country, similar workshops have helped rural communities use design to solve challenges like improving walkability, curbing sprawl, and attracting tourists by enhancing local heritage.