Community Design Center News......................................... August 2022
Awards Nominations Open thru September 16
Submit nominations for our 12th Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards now through September 16! The awards given will recognize exemplary projects and individuals in the Greater Rochester area that make a positive impact on people, neighborhoods, and communities. Awardees will be announced at the 12th Annual Awards Luncheon in November.
Help Shape Our Series
We're conducting a survey about the Reshaping Rochester Lecture Series and we'd like your input, whether you've attended events in the past or not! Questions ask about things like topics, speakers, and format.
Public Engagement Opportunities:
Public Forum on Business Improvement District

There will be a public forum with City Council on Thursday, August 11 at 5:15pm in City Hall to discuss the proposed Business Improvement District (BID) in downtown Rochester. Citizens who are interested in speaking at the forum may sign up via or (585) 428-7538. Heads up that those folks will be required to provide first and last name, address, and phone number.

Seeking Urban Gardens & Gardeners

Do you have an urban garden? Organizers of the 1st Annual Urban Gardens Day are looking for folks to host "open gardens" on Saturday, September 17!

Community and school gardens have been a force combatting food insecurity for many years, but are not well known by many who could benefit from becoming urban gardeners themselves. Urban Gardens Day will introduce and make visible your work, the benefits of gardening as a valuable food source, and hopefully inspire others to join the movement!

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Image Credit: Stephanie Alvarez-Ewens
The Cities Encouraging Healing with
"Trauma-Informed Placemaking"

"While addressing the intersection of trauma and place wasn't an original intention of the city's Park-ists in Residence program, the events of 2020 -- including the start of the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd and subsequent wave of anti-racism protests across the US -- made it one."


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Ten Ways to Build Small-Scale Urbanism

A take from our region's own Rob Steuteville: "Building small has advantages in cost, time ease of approval, ease of entry, and the character of the finished product. Small-scale urbanism has the support of multiple mini-movements, and here are ten ways to do it."


Image Credit: Lia Lao for Vox
What If the Suburbs Were Just a First Draft?

"Remote work, the arrival of home-owning millennials, and other forces can be an opportunity to remake [suburbs] for the better."

See What Our Friends Are Doing:
Tuesday, Aug. 23 | 4:00pm-6:00pm | 5 Castle Park (14620)

Calling women in architecture! You're invited to join in a happy hour to meet other women at different points in their careers and brainstorm ideas for future events. RSVP to by 8/19/22 if you plan to attend.

Saturday, Aug. 13 | 10:00am-12:30pm | Seneca Park (14621)

Join a one-mile guided tour along the Genesee River through Seneca Park with representatives from the Genesee River Alliance and the Seneca Park Zoo. Throughout the walk, you'll learn about various flora, fauna, and natural habitats in the park -- and might even see some herons, osprey, and hawks!

Sunday, Aug. 14 | 1:00pm-4:00pm | Swiftwater Brewing (14620)

The Flower City's favorite bike scavenger hunt is back for a seventh year! Starting and ending at Swiftwater Brewing, single riders and teams are invited to see some of Rochester's best known gems and little known secrets. All participants will receive a free drink ticket to be redeemed after the scavenger hunt.

Thursday, Aug. 25 | 6:00pm-8:00pm | Susan B. Anthony Square (14608)

Check out Rochester's architectural history in its natural setting. In this two-hour outdoor class, you'll walk Main Street and the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood and learn the names of important architectural styles, basic architectural terminology, and how to approximately date the buildings you see every day.