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MICD

Every couple of months, in a city somewhere in the U.S., a small group of mayors gathers with a small group of design professionals. Over a couple of days, they brainstorm solutions to some of the most significant design and planning challenges facing our cities. The format is simple: mayors each...
Mayor Buttigeig (standing) of South Bend, Indiana, presents his case study at the recent MICD conference in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of the Mayors' Institute on City Design At the end of April, I had the opportunity to go to my hometown, St. Louis, for the latest session of the Mayors’...
When I was in Charleston Mayor Joe Riley (left) and Michael Thomas Maher of the Charleston Civic Design Center showed me the plans for transforming neglected open space in the Gaillard Center Arts Precinct. The project received one of our inaugural Our Town grants. Photo courtesy of South Carolina...
Washington, DC Between my trips to Tucson and New York, I took some personal time for my first ever visit to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Hope to definitely make this a habit! It’s been a busy couple of weeks of traveling. I started off in Chicago for a few days, first with the...
Chicago, Illinois Rocco with U.S. Department of Housing and Development Secretary Shaun Donovan at the National Mayors' Summit in Chicago. Photo by David Hathcox The setting said it all. Amidst the old world splendor of the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom was a jaw-dropping array of computers,...
Washington, DC Last week I was very glad to get to be part of the Mayors? Institute on City Design (MICD) in New York City. It was my first time, and I want to be a regular attendee. Ron Bogle at the American Architectural Foundation and all the MICD staff do a really terrific job with this event...
Washington, DC Rocco?s been in New York City this week listening in on a session of the Mayors? Institute on City Design (MICD). He spoke briefly at Wednesday?s opening reception before introducing Deputy Mayor Patti Harris, who?s been a driving force?as Rocco put it---in putting ?the arts and...
April 16, 2010 Washington, DC Adele Chatfield-Taylor (left) talking to NEA?s Josephine Reed at the New York office of the American Academy in Rome. Photo by Kate Attardo What's one art form you can't avoid no matter how hard you try? Adele Chatfield-Taylor, a former NEA Director of Design (hint,...
April 14, 2010 Washington, DC During an afternoon session of the Mayor's Institute on City Design, the participating mayors visited several sites in New York City that were of especial interest in terms of urban design, including the Hudson River Park, Westbeth Artist Housing, and the High Line...