After the Flood: Regenerative Design, Renewal, Resilience | Professional Workshop August 4 – 10, 2013

Center for Creative Solutions

The Center for Creative Solutions is offering professionals a participatory workshop and process for addressing challenging 21st issues facing towns and cities. After the Flood focuses on a rural southeastern Vermont town that is struggling to rebuild infrastructure and heal from staggering loss from Tropical Storm Irene. Participants will experience a practice that is interdisciplinary, holistic, collaborative, socially engaged and ultimately creative.

Working collaboratively with expert practitioners workshop participants will develop program options for a community space and place that renews the community’s sense of place, and as importantly protects the village from future flooding in ways that aesthetically, ecologically and structurally regenerate and conserve the floodplain. This process authentically engages community stakeholders and involves systems thinking, questioning assumptions, and reframing the issue from interdisciplinary perspectives to open up new thinking. The creative ideas that emerge from the workshop may become a precedent for other flooded communities in the region and beyond.

The six-day immersive studio style workshop incorporates and integrates:

  • Environmental planning and design
  • Permaculture and landscape design
  • Community memory, history and culture
  • Structural engineering

Learn with Expert Practitioners

  • Engage with Liz Lerman, the renowned choreographer and performer and Richard Rabinowitz, a leading public historian in the creative process of bridging community values, memory, and sense of place with ideas for regenerating the floodplain and creating a community space and place.
  •  Participate with Jono Neiger, pioneer permaculture and sustainable landscape designer, and Calen Colby, innovative and dynamic civil and structural engineer in reimagining the floodplain from the perspective of productive conservation, permaculture, regenerative design and sound engineering

Major Workshop Activities

  • Understand site conditions, identify opportunities and challenges
  • Community research, public meetings and community events
  • Experiment with different modes of expression and community engagement
  • Develop program options and diagrammatic designs
  • Investigate precedents for program options
  • Contribute to the deliverable – a report with program options and diagrammatic designs that will be used by the community to raise funds for implementation.

Apply Now

Space is limited and applications will be reviewed starting April 24th and on a rolling basis until the program is full, or June 15, 2013.

More Information

Graduate Credit

One graduate credit can be earned with full participation in the workshop.


Questions or information please contact Dolores Root,


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April 17, 2013
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