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A little dSD love from Federal Transit Administration

dSD teamer Mike Knutson sounded the fun alarm today after a neat discovery. It seems FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan likes what we’re doing. She praised design:South Dakota and our sponsor, the Rural Learning Center, at the recent Annual Meeting of the Dakota Transit Association in Fargo.

Thanks for the props, Therese.


SD Architect Magazine

The first ever issue of SD Architect magazine hit the stands this fall, and a story about the first design:SD charrette in Corsica made the cut. Thanks to Tom and Sandy for pulling it together. If you’d like a copy of the magazine, call the AIA SD office at 605-334-2422.


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!


More Design:SD Love

Our Minnesota Design Team friends have added a blurb on their website about d:SD. See it here. The Charrette Center in Minneapolis has also added a link to this blog. I learned a lot of what I know about charrettes from Peter Musty at the Charrette Center when we both worked on another project in South Dakota a few years ago. Thanks to MDT and Peter for the love!

The d:SD Team is gathering for a little barbecue next week in Sioux Falls. We’ll share any new ideas or developments with you coming out of that meeting. We’ve also been meeting with our good friends in Corsica since the charrette in May. We’ll be filling you in on the cool things that will be happening there too.

Happy Summer,
Joe B.


d:SD Press

I’ve been away from the office for a couple of weeks, and while I was gone, the design:SD project found its way in front of thousands of eyeballs.

The terrific letter to the editor by Sandy Dickenson (Vermillion architect and design:SD team member) has really made the rounds in good old South Dakota. So far, it’s appeared in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Watertown Public Opinion, Yankton Press and Dakotan, Mitchell Daily Republic and the Corsica Globe. There are probably more that I’m unaware of–please leave a post in the comments if you know of another publication, or if you have a copy or link to the letter in electronic format in any publication. Thanks for your help!

I can’t say too much about this yet, but there is a group discussing the filming of a documentary on the design:SD process in the coming months. Very cool. We’ll keep you posted…

Joe Bartmann
The Rural Learning Center


Visioning Works Both Ways

Below is a letter written to a number of newspaper editors in South Dakota by design:SD team member Sandy Dickenson of Vermillion, SD.  Hope you enjoy it:

I recently had an opportunity to be a volunteer on the first “design:South Dakota” team. The team consisted of architects, engineers, planners and rural developers and was the result of collaboration between the Rural Learning Center, the South Dakota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and others.  The community selected was Corsica, SD, population about 650.  The team of twelve spent nearly three days in Corsica living with host families.  We learned about the community one day, drew up visioning ideas the second day, presenting them to the community the third.  I think the townspeople were very pleased with the results.

The most surprising part of the exercise was what I learned.  I am unarguably citified but have spent a fair amount of time visiting many of the communities in South Dakota.  I thought I knew this state pretty well…….boy, was I wrong!  My vision of rural South Dakota was completely blown away.  Here’s what I learned: Continue reading ‘Visioning Works Both Ways’


Go Time


Team of Design Pros Aim to Help Small Town 

Corsica, SD — May 16, 2007 – A Mixing Bowl. That’s one way to describe the design:South Dakota event that will take place in Corsica Thursday through Saturday this week. Corsica and design:SD leaders hope adding local knowledge and ideas to the expertise of outside professionals, in an intense design environment, will mix into a vision for the future of the Corsica region that all can share and build momentum around. Continue reading ‘Go Time’