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design:SD in Downtown Huron

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:


Huron Event Schedule Announced

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.

If you have questions, please contact Lindsey Karlson at the Rural Learning Center at or Peggy Woolridge at the Huron Chamber at


Downtown Huron, here we come!

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 or by phone at 605.772.5139.

More details and schedule coming soon!


Design:SD Heads to Deuel County this Week

Design: SD Project DeuelThe folks in Deuel County can expect a little extra excitement this week. A group of 18 architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners, and community development professionals will spend three days in Deuel at the end of this week (March 26-28) for Design: South Dakota.

Design: South Dakota, now in its third year, is a is a new way to help rural communities across South Dakota create a better future by design, where architects, engineers, planners and community developers volunteer to help South Dakota’s small towns gather and illustrate ideas for their future.

The 3-plus day design:SD event, called a “charrette,” is described by project leaders as a “mixing bowl” of local knowledge, ideas and visions for the future, with the expertise and experience of professionals from outside the community.

The Deuel County community has been preparing for the event since the fall of 2008, when they were selected as the next Design: SD community. Recently, Deuel Area Development (a local non-profit development corporation) has hosted a series of roundtable discussions leading up the charrette. The topics have included: agriculture, main street business, healthcare, recreation, young families, and uses for the former school for the blind property. The information harvested from these conversations was sent to Design team members to help them prepare and understand the community a bit before the three day event.

“The design charrette is the shortest portion of the process, when you consider the work that must be done before and after the event,” said Joe Bartmann, co-leader of the d:SD, Project Deuel County. “The ideas that are illustrated have, in many ways, been long in the making for a community—and when the design team leaves it is up to the community to follow-through and make the ideas a reality.”

If you’re a Deuel County resident, or simply interested in learning more about Design:SD, you’re invited to several community events during the charrette. Events, times, and locations are listed below.

• Thursday, March 26th, 2:00 pm–Meet and Greet the Design Team–Alibi in Gary, SD
• Thursday, March 26th, 6:00 pm–Community Visioning Dinner–Clear Lake Community Center
• Friday, March 27th, 2:00 pm–Public Feedback Session–Clear Lake Community Center
• Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 am–Community Presentation–Clear Lake Community Center



The site of d:SD community 3 is official: design:SD will be heading to Deuel County, SD next. We’ll plan a community design charrette in Fall 2008 or Spring 2009 (we’ll figure out the date soon).It will be tricky–our first crack at a regional approach (at least three communities at once: Gary, Clear Lake and Lake Cochran).

We had our annual summer barbecue for the d:SD team in the Beddow’s backyard on July 24 (and managed to somehow pull it off without Mrs. Beddow!) and then a meeting with a local group from Deuel County earlier this week. We’ve officially accepted the invitation from Deuel County. Now comes the hard work for both of us! We’ll keep you posted!

our agenda from teh bbq--part work and part party!

our agenda from the bbq--part work and part party!


Much Ado About Midstates

A handful of design:SD team members headed a little south yesterday to present at the Midstates Conference 2008 in South Sioux City, Nebraska. We shared with folks from communities in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska how we put together the design:SD project and launched it in Corsica last spring. We co-presented with the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s Community Design Program.

Here are some shots of Joe and Eric presenting, along with our new Iowan friend Dale. Others from d:SD who attended were Sandy Dickenson, Tom Reasoner, Lindsey Karlson and Alan Weiskamp. Rey Gonzalez is one of the event organizers.

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Here’s the powerpoint we showed yesterday. Thanks to Midstates organizers for letting us play!


Learning Studio

We’re here! The team arrived in Corsica last night for a welcome social (see the pictures below–these are “pre-bar” pics). Thanks to Corsica for a great welcome!

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We’re well into the “Learning Studio” today. This morning we heard from a dozen or so local and regional organizations, a panel of local merchants, and a high school student. We’re just finishing up the “Rountable” discussions on six different topics, and are about to jump on the bus for a tour of hte community and region.

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We’ll finish off the Learning Studio tonight with a Community Potluck, where we’ll gather the many dreams and visions for the Corsica region’s future.

Stay tuned for more updates!