In its annual competitive funding effort, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) has selected four small towns and rural communities to host a two-and-a-half day rural design technical workshop.
CIRD's website details the competition and the selected hosts of the design workshops, each of which provides a compelling scenario to challenge creative placemakers in rural design.
The workshop hosts are:
- Carl Small Town Center: Houston Community, Mississippi
- Oregon County Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op: Oregon County, Missouri
- Lincoln and Lancaster County Planning Department: Lancaster County, Nebraska
- University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension (UNHCE): Franklin, New Hampshire
The website, and a related press release [PDF], provide more details about each of the design scenarios.
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This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.