Upcoming Events

Reshaping Rochester Luncheon
"New Currents in a River City"
Mayor Chris Coleman and Tim Griffin, AIA
April 21st, 11:45am-1:30pm at the Inn on Broadway
*Tickets available in advance ONLY*
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"Connecting Spaces/ Connecting Places"
Gallery Exhibit
On display now at the CDCR Design Gallery (1115 E. Main St)

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The Community Design Center of Rochester (CDCR) is a non-profit organization of design professionals promoting healthy, sustainable communities by encouraging quality design of the built environment and thoughtful use of built and natural resources. We do this by providing technical assistance and access to educational and training opportunities that increase awareness about the built environment, the impact of design and the importance of good urban planning. By actively engaging through partnerships in city and regional initiatives that include guiding communities in creating vision plans and encouraging community involvement in planning and developing processes, CDCR plays a critical role as an advocate for good design in the Greater Rochester Region.

News & Events

Reshaping Rochester Luncheon Coming Up April 21st!

Join us on April 21st from 11:45am-1:30pm at the Inn on Broadway for our Reshaping Rochester Luncheon with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Tim Griffin, AIA where they will discuss "New Currents in a River City". Tickets are available in advance only and table sponsorships are available! ....read more


Gallery Exhibit on display: "Connecting Spaces/Connecting Places"

The Community Design Center Rochester in conjunction with the annual award-winning Reshaping Rochester lecture series, presents "Connecting Spaces/ Connecting Places" an exhibition about corridors and the role that they play in revitalization and connectivity in neighborhoods and their metropolitan areas. On display now at the CDCR Design Gallery....click here to read more

Connecting Spaces

Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart Lecture: A Success!

"Connecting Spaces/Connecting Places," our 10th Annual Reshaping Rochester Series, continues to inspire great conversations! Thanks to all who joined us on March 25th for "Crossing Over" with Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart!

Inner Loop Reconstruction Presentation

Last Tuesday the Community Design Center's Executive Director, Joni Monroe, and past Board President, Roger Brown were invited to present at Tuesday Topics, a weekly series of informational programs given on a wide range of topics, presented by the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. The presentation was titledInner Loop East Reconstruction Project and included a history of the genesis of the construction of the Inner Loop as well as an overview of the current project to bring the SE section up to grade and the positive impact it will have on our city. A lunch hour crowd of almost 100 attendees listened as they discussed the evolution of Rochester, the planning practices that lead to the construction of freeways and loop roads in American cities. The presentation included a detailed look at Stantec Consulting's plans for the Inner Loop's removal (seen for the first time by many) and examples of buildings from other cities of what to give ideas of what might be developed on sites created by the infill here in Rochester ....check out the presentation here


Development Design Fund Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Beechwood Neighbors Greenhouse Collaborative and the Ibero - American Development Corporation! THANK YOU to all of the applicants in this cycle. The decision was a difficult one as it was our most competitive group of applications to date. Stay tuned for updates on these and our other ongoing projects and keep an eye out for information about our next grant cycle in spring 2015. ...read more about the winners

DD Fund