Upcoming Events

"Connect Spaces/ Connecting Places"
Gallery Exhibit Opening
Friday, February 6th, 6-9pm at the CDCR Design Gallery (1115 E. Main St)

Reshaping Rochester Lecture
"Re-Greening the Living City"
Lee Quill
February 25th, 7-9pm at Gleason Works
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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


New Gallery Exhibit: "Connecting Spaces/Connecting Places"

Opening on Friday, February 6th from 6-9pm at the CDCR Gallery, the Community Design Center Rochester in conjunction with the annual award-winning Reshaping Rochester lecture series, will present "Connecting Spaces/ Connecting Places"an exhibition about corridors and the role that they play in revitalization and connectivity in neighborhoods and their metropolitan areas. ....click here to read more

Connecting Spaces

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


Lee Quill Coming Up Next in our Reshaping Rochester Series: Feb. 25th!

Up next in our Reshaping Rochester Series is Lee Quill! Lee Quill is a founding principal of Cunningham | Quill Architects in Washington, D.C. and has over thirty years of experience in urban design, master planning, infill mixed-use, institutional, residential, and commercial and corporate architecture....read more


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