Community Design Center News......................................... June 2022
May's Lecture with Rebecca Evans
Thank you to all who attended our webinar with Rebecca Evans! Her presentation "Electrifying Everything: The Path to Full City Decarbonization" had nearly 100 attendees and focused on the story and implementation of the the Ithaca Green New Deal. We are grateful to Evans for bringing a climate and energy lens to our 2022 theme: The Ideal City. We also appreciate that she stepped in for her colleague Dr. Luis Aguirre-Torres who was called to speak at the World Economic Forum!

We hosted a follow-up Community Conversation to further connect the Evans lecture to our local context with Abby McHugh Grifa (Executive Director of the Climate Solutions Accelerator) and three representatives from LaBella Associates.

Click the images above to watch recordings of the lecture (left) and community conversation (right).

Our final 2022 Reshaping Rochester event...IN PERSON!
The Public Realm as Social Infrastructure: An Introduction to Human-Scale Design
Anna Muessig
Director at Gehl | San Francisco, CA

June 15, 11:30am-1:30pm
Memorial Art Gallery / Speaker via Zoom

1.5 LU/HSW via AIA Rochester!
Pending AICP continuing education credit
This event is sold out, but you can join the waitlist by sending an email to
Newly Elected to Our Board of Directors:
Pamela Reese-Smith
Board Member
Pamela Reese-Smith is an urban farmer and raises specialty mints, herbs, and vegetables on her small farm in the City of Rochester. She is an artist, vocalist, and history detective. In fact, Pamela published her book Francis Lewis Cardozo: An Unsung Hero of Reconstruction in 2021. Engaged in community organizing for over 40 years, Pamela has orchestrated several Neighborhood Leadership Institutes to teach how to navigate difficult barriers that traditionally stand in the way of underserved populations.
Public Input Opportunities:
Draft Zoning Code Review Meetings

Calling all zoning nerds...and anyone who cares about how our land is used! The second batch of code in the ZAP process has been released for public review. There are two community engagement opportunities at 5:30pm on June 14 and June 20 via Zoom. Please note that the meetings are identical.

The second batch of zoning code covers:

*District Regulations
*Design Standards
*General Development Standards
*Accessory Structures
*Definitions and Rules of Measurement

Check This Out:
Image Credit: The Urban Phoenix
Laundromat Urbanism

Rochester's own Arian Horbovetz describes how a trip to the laundromat reminded him of the importance of urbanism: "As most Americans drive to work, drive home, drive to a soccer game or to get groceries, then come home and complete tasks like laundry in-house, there are so few chances for surprisingly fulfilling encounters with other individuals outside of the family." This is something we need as humans, and doing your laundry out just might be a way to get it.


Image Credit: Category is Books
Queer Spaces and the Path of Positive Possibilities Within Architecture: an Interview with Adam Nathaniel Furman

Artist Adam Nathaniel Furman and architectural historian Joshua Mardell recently released Queer Spaces: An Atlas of LGBTQIA+ Places and Stories. Arch Daily sat down with Furman to unpack the importance of this work: "Our book stands out in consciously aiming to be an accessble, visually dense and plurally voiced set of case studies from around the world, and throughout modern history, that will provide design students with a tangible history of queerness in architecture."

See What Our Friends Are Doing:
Thursday, Jun. 30 | 4:30pm-7:00pm | Warner Castle (14620)

Check out AIA Rochester's new-ish digs and learn all about ongoing and upcoming programs. Refreshments provided!

Thursday, Jul. 14 | 5:30pm-9:30pm | Pont de Rennes Bridge (14614)

Join Greentopia for a three-course dinner, cocktails, live music, and silent auction -- all benefiting Green Visions, their workforce development program for youth located in the City of Rochester's JOSANA and Joseph Ave neighborhoods!

Saturday, Jun. 18 & Sunday, Jun. 19 | 10:00am-4:00pm | East Blvd/Douglas Rd (14610)

The Landmark Society House and Garden Tour returns as a live event! Visit four private homes and three private gardens, including the grounds of the Frank Lloyd Wright House!

Thursday, June 16 | 6:30pm-8:30pm | The Little Theatre (14604)

Next up in Rochester Street Films is a screening of "Life on Wheels" featuring remarks from Senator Samra Brouk and panel of local experts. The film addresses the promises, dangers, and absurdities of our current auto-centric transportation system and explores new possibilities and stories of change.


Throughout June | Center City West (14614) & Neighborhood of the Arts (14607)

Discover the history and stories hidden within places you move through every day! Join Matt Rogers of The Lost Borough on walking tours of our city. People, events, inventions, folklore, athletics, urban legends, and more will be featured in these surveys of Rochester and its fascinating history hiding in plain sight.