Community Design Center News                                                             October 2020

Accepting nominations through October 9th
Do you know a person or project that is reshaping the Greater Rochester area? Has your community developed a novel solution to adapt in these unprecedented times? We want to hear about it! Help honor the architects, activists, designers, and builders who are working to make the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes community more healthy, sustainable, and vibrant during a time of change.

NOTE: This year, we are looking at our established award categories of "design" and "activism" through the lens of current events, with a particular emphasis on pandemic response/adaptation and design justice.

Wednesday, October 7th | 12:00pm
Follow-up Q&A for "Heart-centered" Webinar

Thank you to those who attended our webinar "A Heart-centered Approach for Our Urban Future" earlier this week! Looking through an anthropological and feminist lens, presenter Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman (THINK.urban) advocated for a city that is heart-centered, anti-racist, and revives a way of looking at our cities as habitats and ecosystems, rather than products or economic engines. Click the image above to watch a recording of the event, and register for the follow-up Q&A below.
Seeking Your Feedback by October 7th

The Design Center is in the midst of developing a strategic plan and would like your input as we consider our programs and services, as well as our role in the community. Causewave Community Partners is conducting a survey to help us collect this feedback. The survey takes 10-12 minutes and all responses are anonymous. Thank you in advance!
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It's ROC the Riverway Weekend!

In 2018 the City of Rochester and New York State launched an ambitious $500 million initiative to release the full potential of our Genesee River. The resulting Roc the Riverway revitalization program is a series of projects that celebrate the past and build for the future. October 3-4, Rochester will honor this transformation! Come out this weekend to explore the river and learn more about our community's vision for the future. Full schedule here.

Photo Credit: @theinternationalplaza on Instagram
La Marketa at the International Plaza: Opening October 11th

Excerpted from @theinternationalplaza on Instagram:

Almost 30 years ago, the concept of creating "La Placita" in Northeast Rochester was conceived. It would be a plaza where residents could gather and celebrate the diversity, culture, and tremendous assets of this historical "melting pot" neighborhood - a welcoming space with eateries and small shops that would allow neighbors to come together and interact with one another.

In 2015, local residents and the Community Design Center, with support and leadership from the Ibero-American Action League, Inc. came together to create a community-led vision plan for the El Camino and Northeast Clinton Avenue corridor. A key component of this plan revived, refined, and redeveloped the original concept of La Placita into La Plaza Internacional.

On October 11th, this long-awaited vision will open! Market days for the 2020 season will be: Sundays October 11, 18, 25, and November 1 from 1-4 PM.


Photo Credit: The New York Times

How Racist Urban Planning Left Some Neighborhoods to Swelter

"Why are some neighborhoods so much hotter than others? In cities like Baltimore, Portland, and New York, neighborhoods that are lower-income and have more Black or Hispanic residents can be up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit hotter in summer, with far fewer trees and more heat-absorbing pavement than whiter, wealthier parts of the same city." Keep reading here.
See what our friends are doing:

Friday Oct. 23 | 12:00pm-1:30pm | La Luna Restaurant, 60 Browns Race (or online)

AIA Rochester will present their annual Business Meeting to share their yearly recap and announce new board members. Featuring keynote speaker Jonathan Moody, AIA of Moody Nolan. Attend in person (limited seats available) or virtually. Click here to learn more and register.

AIA Rochester's Annual Design Excellence Awards were broadcast online this year, free and accessible to everyone. The awards program recognizes the best of recent projects created by our local architects, and honors those projects that embody the utmost excellence in design. Click here to see the list of winners and view the full event recording below.
2020 AIA Rochester Design Awards Gala


October 10 - 12 | Any time, any place

Sign up for Genesee Land Trust's first virtual 5K run/walk! Choose a 3.1-mile route to walk or run anytime October 10-12 at your own pace and convenience. Run for Land directly supports the preservation of wildlife habitat, protection of local farms, and connections to nature in our community. Register here.


In 2013, Greentopia purchased the original RG&E Station 4 that energized the street cars and streetlights in Rochester, located at 275 St. Paul Street. Hunt Engineering is in the process of preparing a site feasibility plan and structural analysis related to developing the "High Falls Overlook on the Genesee River." Specifically, the study will analyze the suitability of using the former power station as a scenic overlook, and public access routes to and from the overlook.

Recently, Vertical Access (Buffalo, NY) rappelled off the buildings to get a better look at the condition of their brick walls, originally constructed between the late 1800s and early 1900s. Wow!


Reconnect Rochester recently rolled out a set of bike education offerings to attract more people in our community to experience the health and financial benefits of biking to get around, and deliver the information they need to do so safely and comfortably. They now offer classes and presentations in a variety of settings including workplaces, college campuses, health care facilities, public libraries, schools, and community groups. During the time of COVID-19 and beyond, they can even offer bike education in virtual settings! Click here to learn more.