Community Design Center News                                                          November 2020

Registration open for Nov. 19th Awards Ceremony featuring Danielle Ponder, Esq.

Each year, the CDCR presents a special luncheon event to honor the winners of the Reshaping Rochester Awards. The awards recognize exemplary regional initiatives and projects that positively impact people, neighborhoods, and the community. In 2020, we're going virtual.

In this landmark year for the CDCR, with both the 10th anniversary of our Awards Program and 15th anniversary of our Lecture Series (as well as general unprecedented times), we are especially honored to celebrate noteworthy organizations and people in the community. Keep an eye on your inbox and social media feeds for finalist features throughout the next two weeks, and join us for the virtual ceremony on Thursday, November 19th from 12:00pm-1:30pm where winners will be revealed and celebrated!

In case you haven't heard, our Urban Observations speaker this year is Danielle Ponder Esq., a Rochester-based musician, activist, and lawyer. We know her words will be enlightening and inspiring - you do not want to miss this keynote!

2020 Lecture Series Concludes

Thank you to all who attended Lecture Series events over the past several months! After some pandemic-related rescheduling, October saw our final webinar of the 2020 series with Carol Naughton (Purpose Built Communities). Her presentation "Healthy Neighborhoods as a Path to Racial Justice" explored the many ways building holistic communities intersects with race. We also hosted a follow-up Community Conversation with Rochester-based holistic community thought leader and Executive Director of Connected Communities, LaShunda Leslie-Smith. 

Click the images above to watch recordings of the lecture (left) and follow-up Community Conversation (right).
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Illustration Credit: Andrea Chronopoulos

How to Make the Most of COVID Winter

"Many of the activities that have been keeping people in cities safe & sane since March - walks, bike rides, stoop gatherings, & park picnics - will literally take on a different hue as temperatures drop, the wind picks up & the sun sets at 5 p.m. Urban winter in the many parts of the U.S. can take cues from counties with snowy slopes - but also from other cultures used to dealing with cold."


Photo Credit: AIA Blueprint for Better

Improving Racial Equity Through Greener Design

"Climate change affects us all, but doesn't impact us all equally. This article is part of a new series, Building Equity, that explores how architects are working with communities & civic leaders to develop creative, innovative design solutions that fight climate change, systemic racism, & inequities in the built environment...time to show the world what design can do."


Placemaking Pandemic Toolkit by the PlaceMakers
"We've spent the last eight months observing & contributing to best practices & have distilled those interventions in an easy-to-use format. Our hope is that the toolkit helps rebuild municipal budgets quickly, by supporting local businesses & reducing the bureaucratic process. The Toolkit is available as a free, interactive document. Each of its 22 actions includes the regulatory or policy tool needed to implement the action, along with methods, key points, & interventions required to see it through. For each action, different methods are highlighted that may help."

See what our friends are doing:

Friday, Nov. 27 | 10:00AM-11:30AM | Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve, Macedon, NY

Join Genesee Land Trust for a mid-morning walk at Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve. Skip the Black Friday lines and #OptOutside with family and friends in the great outdoors. Limited to 15 participants! Learn more about the event and register here now.

Thursday, Nov. 12 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Online

Rescheduled from an in-person event in March, Reconnect Rochester is once again calling all citizens and community leaders who care about making Rochester a more just and equitable place to join them for short films and live discussion about how we can improve transportation and access in our community. Reserve your digital seat here (by Wednesday 11/11 at noon).


Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 6:30PM-8:00PM | Online

Local monuments and memorials tell interesting stories but, ironically, they can be easy to overlook. In this month of Veterans Day, the workshop leaders will tell the story behind both famous and forgotten monuments and memorials dotting the Greater Rochester landscape and remember the people and events they honor. Instructors are Caitlin Meives, Tyler Lucero, and Christopher Brandt - members of the Young Urban Preservationists, an affiliate group of The Landmark Society of Western New York. Register now!