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A team of 16 architects, landscape architects, city planners, and community development folks spent the better part of last week in Huron, SD for a design:SD charrette. The topic this time around was Downtown Huron. How can we design for a more vibrant downtown? What elements are needed to reinstate pride in downtown? What do you wish existed downtown?
The team had an opportunity to visit with community folks on Wednesday night about those very questions. About 80 community members attended the meeting to add their perspective. The community had a chance to dig in further at roundtable conversations on Thursday morning.
Thursday late morning and early afternoon, the team toured Downtown Huron and several buildings in it to connect how design could contribute to the priorities identified by the community. The results were presented on Friday evening to an audience of community residents. The presentation is available for viewing below:
The event schedule for design:SD Project Huron is official! If your a local resident and would like to participate, there are several specific opportunities. Learn more below!
• Wednesday, April 27th beginning at 6:00 pm—Free Community Meal and Design Workshop. The design team will enjoy a meal with the community, and then lead participants through several stations where the team can gather input and ideas about specific downtown issues. Please RSVP for the meal to the Chamber office at 352-0000.
• Thursday, April 28th at 8:30 am— Community Roundtable Discussions. Community Roundtable conversations will include downtown beautification, green space, and downtown business development. Additional roundtable topics will be generated based on feedback from the evening meeting on the 27th.
• Thursday, April 28th at 7:00 pm—Open Design Studio. The design studio will be open to the community from 7:00 to 7:30 for those who would like a sneak peak at what the team is working on. This feedback loop allows the team to make sure they are on track with design solutions and concepts.
• Friday, April 98th at 7:00 pm—Public Presentation. The entire community is encouraged to see the results of their input and the team’s hard work on Friday evening. Design team members will show a series of boards that visually describe solutions and ideas for Huron’s downtown. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
Yes, you heard right. Design:SD’s next official stop is the community of Huron. On April 27th, a team of architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, and community development professionals will roll into town to take on our first downtown design project.
Our efforts will compliment a new downtown master planning process that is in motion, and is being brought to the folks in Huron by the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Huron Development Corporation.
And the only one we’re missing is you! If you’d like to join the team, or just learn more about design:SD, please contact Lindsey Karlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 605.772.5139.
More details and schedule coming soon!
More design:South Dakota love has graced the shiny pages of magazines and screens this spring. First, AIA South Dakota released their second Architecture SD magazine, titled “Green Perspectives.” The magazine showcased the efforts of many d:SD volunteers, including Tom Reasoner, Eric Ambroson, Matt Fridell, Joe Bartmann, Jim Wilson, Michelle Holter and yours truly alongside an article about design:SD communities Sisseton and Deuel County.
And, earlier this month, Kristin Dispenza, an architect from Ohio, came across design:SD’s work at the Hill City Inside Out Symposium in April. She wrote a nice piece on the Rural Learning Center and d:SD at Buildipedia.com.
Thanks to all who continue to promote our collective efforts!
I received the latest copy of Art of the Hills magazine last week–it’s fabulous, the theme this time around is art and architecture! It’s arrival also reminded me that the Architecture Symposium is coming up this Saturday. The symposium is being hosted by the Hill City Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Heart of the Hills Economic Development Corporation to help design professionals “reconsider how we approach the built environment.”
The event will feature both local and regional talent–namely Minnesota architect and author Sarah Nettleton and South Dakota architect and anthropologist Dr. Craig Howe. Paul Boerboom, a fellow d:SDer from TSP, will also share a recap of the boards produced for Hill City this fall during design:SD!
I so wish I could be there, but since I can’t, I hope you can be! It is sure to inspire and connect.
Mike Knutson of Reimagine Rural shares great research from Michigan State University’s Land Policy Institute about what makes small towns cool. Unfortunately the study itself does not include any South Dakota communities, but Mike highlights one of design:SD’s communities, Hill City, as a cool South Dakota community. Thanks for thinking of Hill City, Mike. I think everyone on the design team would agree!
And, if you’re a community who’s looking for a little “cool,” consider a design South Dakota visit to your community. We’re looking for a place to land, Fall of 2010!