Community Design Center News......................................... July 2022
Remembering Maria Furgiuele
Thank you to all who have reached out to share kind thoughts and memories of our former Executive Director, Maria Furgiuele, over the past few weeks. We continue to mourn as an organization, and hearing from you means a lot.

The Board of Directors has been brainstorming the best way to honor Maria and her dedication to Rochester -- stay tuned.

June's Concluding Luncheon with Anna Muessig
Thank you to all who attended our concluding Lecture Series event, an in-person luncheon with (a virtual) Anna Muessig at the Memorial Art Gallery! She shared "The Public Realm as Social Infrastructure: An Introduction to Human-Scale Design" with over 150 attendees, explaining Gehl's ethnographic approach and presenting global case studies. She even gave us a manifesto for The Ideal City, our 2022 theme:
We also hosted a follow-up Community Conversation to further connect the Muessig lecture to our local context with Molly Gaudioso and Kiernan Playford from Bergmann.

What a wonderful way to wrap up a successful series!

Click the images above to watch recordings of the lecture (left) and community conversation (right).
Public Input Opportunities:
ROC the Riverway Progresses & Seeks Community Feedback

The July public meeting for the Aqueduct Reimagined project is a workshop aimed at gathering community input on specific design elements. This project has been heralded as the centerpiece of Rochester's ROC the Riverway initiative. Show up and make your voice heard!

Thursday, July 21 @ Blue Cross Arena
1:00pm-4:00pm OPEN HOUSE

Another trademark of ROC the Riverway, ROC Skate Park is now entering phases 2 and 3 of its development! Join a virtual meeting to learn more about the project and share your feedback.

Tuesday, August 2 @ 6:30pm on Zoom
Contact Ellen Micoli Soffa with any questions at

Take a Survey to Shape the Future of Transit in ROC
(Gift Cards Available!)

The Rochester Active Transportation Plan (ROC ATP) is an initiative to make Rochester streets and public transportation safer and more accessible for people who walk, ride bikes, or take public transportation -- and the City wants your feedback.

Check This Out:
The Office Tower Has a New Job to Do

As workers opt to stay home, developers are packing commercial buildings with amenities that mix private and public spaces.


Image Credit: Strong Towns
Neighborhoods Were Never Meant to Be Unchanging

"Jane Jacobs wrote, 'Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and not when they are created by everybody.' That means we actually need to be free to do the creating, not just vote on it. A city is a living thing: it's our human habitat. And creation, in the living world, is never a one-time act. It's an endless process."

See What Our Friends Are Doing:
Thursday, Jul. 14 | 7:00pm-9:00pm | Lewis Street YMCA (14605)

Through a series of film screenings and panel discussion, attendees will learn about the history and impact of development in Marketview Heights and the surrounding community.

Thursday, Jul. 20 | 7:00pm-8:30pm | Online

Whether you're in architecture school, preparing for the exam, or you're an RA looking to test your knowledge, AIA Rochester wants to see you for a fun night of virtual trivia! It's a free event and eligible for 1.5 LU.

Thursday, Jul. 14 | 6:00pm-8:00pm | Conkey Corner Park (14621)

Ready for an easy summer evening stroll? Join members of Genesee Land Trust's Environmental Ambassadors youth workforce development program for a 2.25-mile urban rail-to-trail walk. The path is flat and stone dust -- easily accessible for all ages and abilities. Along the way, you'll see a series of murals created by Wall/Therapy (note: Wall/Therapy is seeking volunteers for their 10 Year Anniversary Festival this month!).

Wednesdays, Jul. 20 & Jul. 27 | 12:20pm-12:45pm | Locations Below

Timed to fit in with busy schedules and week-day lunch breaks, these 20-minute presentations feature information about the history and architecture of downtown Rochester neighborhoods! Free and open to the public.