Placemaking 101
Nidhi Gulati's presentation

March 31,2021 at noon
via ZOOM

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Reshaping Rochester virtual event with Mitchell Silver

April 28,2021 at noon
via ZOOM

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The Community Design Center of Rochester advances quality design to create healthy communities that are equitable, accessible and resilient. (Previously Adopted)


To be the recognized leader of quality community planning and design, catalyzing improvements in the public realm and championing citizen engagement in the process. (Previously Adopted)

Why we exist:

Life is better in well designed spaces because how well we build impacts how well we live.


We conduct ourselves by displaying values you can see.  The Community Design Center of Rochester is dedicated to demonstrating:

·         Integrity through honesty and strong moral principles

·         Respect for the importance of the public realm.

·         Leadership in ways that empower those we work with

·         Openness through listening and being welcome to different perspectives

·         Inclusivity by welcoming a diverse representation of ideas

·         Independence by presenting our views with fairness and objectivity

·         Design Excellence grounded in sound planning and architectural principles

·         Civic engagement through education, advocacy, and facilitation

·         Opportunity with the spirit of possibility

·         Transparency in a manner that builds trust

·         Collaboration with community partners and stakeholders





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Join us for a virtual presentation on the public realm and its intersection with building a just community with Mitchell Silver!

Mitchell Silver is current commissioner for the New York City Parks Department. Appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, he assumed office May 2014. He was president of the American Planning Association between 2011 and 2013, the first African American to hold the title. His mission is to protect the public interest and maintain an outstanding quality of life for present and future generations by advocating strong leadership and sound planning practices.

Wed, April 28, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST | via Zoom
(pre-registration required)

Register Here




Join us for a virtual panel discussion follow-up to Nidhi Gulati's presentation last week, "Transport & Mobility."

Wed., March 31 via ZOOM

We will continue to discuss the intersection of transportation, mobility, and building a just community + how Nidhi Gulati's 3/24/21 lecture can be applied in our region.


Bob Williams (Program Manager of Active Transportation, Genesee Transportation Council)

Pete Nabozny (Vice President, Reconnect Rochester)

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WATCH NOW: January's conversation with Former Mayor Bill Johnson on transforming ROC into a community of equity & justice + preview of the 2021 Lecture Series