Citizen's Institute on Rural Design


  • 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.

  • Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) Program Information Call

    January 28, 2013

    On January 23, CommunityMatters hosted a Program Information Call for CIRD. Jamie Hand from the National Endowment for the Arts and Cynthia Nikitin from Project for Public Spaces provided an overview of the CIRD program and answered questions related to the recently released RFP. 

  • CIRD Spotlight: Driggs, Idaho

    December 6, 2012

    With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transportation Authority, and the Driggs Urban Renewal Agency, the City of Driggs Idaho (pop. 1,660) plans to transform over 13,000 square feet of public space in its city center into an historic arts, visitor, recreation and transit center.