Bella Green is the Stevenson Center graduate Fellow. Her work focuses on rural housing research, and she also supports HAC’s rural housing legislative efforts and the creative placemaking program initiative CIRD (Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design). Prior to HAC, Bella served as an AmeriCorps VISTA on a college service-learning program. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from North Central College and is pursuing a Master’s in Sociology from Illinois State University.
April 23, 2013
In a special guest post, the Orton Family Foundation's Ariana McBride answers the question: what can you do to help find a balance between community wisdom and design & planning professionals in your community’s rural design project?
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.
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.
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.
January 10, 2013
We are very excited to re-launch this program, as it represents a unique opportunity for both of our agencies to provide essential design services to rural communities. Through our new partnership with Project for Public Spaces, Inc., the Orton Family Foundation, and the CommunityMatters® Partnership, rural communities can build upon existing assets and improve the way their community looks, its quality of life, and its economic viability.