design:SD Heads to Hill City

design:SD Project Hill CityHill City has officially been selected as the next design:SD community! In fact, the design team will be heading west next week, October 1-3, 2009.

The community has been busy preparing, as has the design team as we do our second charrette of this year. As we gear up for the charrette next week, I just wanted to share a bit of the community’s application, as I think it shares what’s so great about design:SD and the process.

“The partnership sees the design:SD charrette as a crucial step in an important community-wide process already underway to understand and appreciate the role that aesthetics and practical design have on the development of a community. Our rural town of 800—through the participation of the community, several non-profit organizations, and the city government—has been involved in a series of civic / social improvement and visioning programs, with a goal of bringing the community together for future, conscious development. The design:SD charrette will come after more than a year of exploring poverty reduction, assessing assets and weaknesses, implementing productive programming, and conducting surveys of residents and visitors. Including the element of design allows people to focus on solutions, such as exploring various aspects of community spaces (greenways, throughways, priorities in allocating space). As a necessary part of a stepped, comprehensive visioning, the design:SD charrette will engage community stakeholders in a joint venture to create a shared vision for the businesses, streamline the design process, and validate design guidelines.”

We’ll try to keep you updated during and after the charrette! Thanks so much to Hill City for inviting us, and to our wonderful volunteers who continue to make design:SD possible!

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