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On October 21st the RRCDC began hosting the 5th annual Reshaping Rochester Lecture Series, which features six accomplished speakers of diverse backgrounds who will address sustainability issues and the future well being of our built environment.
Our first lecturer, Geoff Anderson, CEO of Smart Growth America, is an energetic proponent of thoughtful strategies that lead to positive economic development and beneficial social outcomes. In November, Dr. Emily Talen will discuss the importance and power of diversity within a community. She will emphasize how cultural and social differences make for an enriched living environment.
The lecture series has given us a new way to reach out to the general community, as well as include college campuses and local student groups. RRCDC has worked with U of R, MCC, RIT, Nazareth, University of Buffalo, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry School, and St. John Fisher College to promote the Reshaping Rochester Lectures, and continually expand RRCDC internships. Student groups from these campuses will be participating in the Reshaping Rochester lectures and other RRCDC projects, bringing a fresh, youthful passion to the challenging issues of sustainability and community development. Our interns from these schools work directly on community development projects. This experiential learning opportunity engages student interns in a variety of critical tasks such as writing publications, research, mapping for vision plans and guidelines, gallery preparation, and media design.
Earlier in the year the RRCDC collaborated with Douglas Farr to create “Healthy and Happy Cities,” an exhibit focusing on the importance of a sustainable lifestyle. Based on Farr’s book, Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature, this presentation visualizes and describes the implementation of smart growth, green buildings, and healthier environments.
Most recently, the RRCDC is creating a set of design guidelines and overlay district zoning requirements for the Main Street commercial district for the village of Macedon. This project follows design guidelines we created for the Hamlet of Williamson and Rochester’s Upper Monroe neighborhood. We strive to promote further use of these design guidelines in the Rochester region.
These practical, efficient guidelines will help communities formulate vision plans that return the built environment to its historic roots. The community, therefore, will be aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. In this project, we also plan to apply ideas from Ellen Dunham-Jones’s book, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Guide for Redesigning Suburbs. The goal is to rediscover the ‘urban’ in ‘suburbia’ the suburban sprawl developed over this past century into a mixed-use, urban environment for everyone to enjoy.
A special THANK YOU to those organizations and people that donated time and money to support our work; we couldn’t have done it without you!
These events that you have read about in this newsletter and on our website have all sprouted from the generosity of our supporters. If you wish to support the projects, work, and mission of the RRCDC, your gift will be greatly appreciated. On behalf of your Rochester region’s community we encourage you to contribute.
Thank you again to all the givers that have made the RRCDC step ever closer to our goals.
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