Saturday, January 07, 2006

Upcoming RRCDC Events

"Reshaping Rochester! Planning for the Public Realm" lecture and activity schedule:

The Rochester Regional Community Design Center and AIA Rochester invite you to attend an exciting medley of lectures, exhibits, discussions and even a charrette centering on how Rochester can revitalize itself through good urban design.

Urban Design Lecture Series:
This stimulating, 6-part educational lecture series brings visionary Mayors, Urban Design practitioners, and stirring design critics from across the country to share their experiences, stories and wisdom. All lectures begin at 7 pm and will be held throughout the city to highlight a number of unique, architecturally significant venues. See below for information on obtaining tickets.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. of Charleston, SC
January 11, 2006 at 7 pm at the Harro East Ballroom, 155 N. Chestnut Street

Jeremy Harris, Mayor of Honolulu, HI 1994 to 2004
February 1, 2006 at 7 pm at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.

Robert Gibbs, head of Gibbs Planning
March 8, 2006 at 7 pm at the Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue (venue pending)

John Norquist, President of Congress for the New Urbanism
March 22, 2006, at 7 pm at Christ Church, 141 East Avenue

James Howard Kunstler, author of Geography of Nowhere and The Long Emergency
April 11, 2006, at 7 pm at the German House, 315 Gregory Street

Norman Mintz, of 34th Street Partnership, Manhattan and co-author of Cities Back from the Edge
May 17, 2006 at7 pm at the First Universalist Church, 150 S. Clinton Ave.

TICKETS: Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door or $50 for a 6-lecture package. They can be purchased at all local Wegmans ticket outlets ($0.50/$1 service fees apply), at Parkleigh on Park Ave, AIA and RRCDC offices for no additional fee, or via mail from RRCDC (S&H = $1 for every order of up to six tickets). For mail orders, please send your check made out to the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, including $1 for every order of up to 6 tickets (example: fifteen tickets = $3 extra), for shipping and handling fees, and please include a written note of which lectures and how many tickets to each, or how many packets, you are requesting. Your full name should be printed clearly somewhere with your order. Tickets for orders that arrive less than 7 days before the first lecture ordered will be held at will-call. Call (585) 271-0520 or email" for more info.

Other Spring Events and Activities:

January 27: "Communities: A National Perspective" Gallery Exhibit Opening – A traveling, public exhibit will open at the RRCDC’s Gallery Opening and Open House to kick off the rest of the season’s activities.

February 11: AIA Design Awards – Local firms will receive awards for outstanding design at the annual awards ceremony, and their works will be displayed in a traveling exhibit around the region.

March 23-26: Downtown Design Charrette – Professional designers from across the community will be invited to participate in creating a vision plan for the revitalization of Downtown, Rochester.

April 6: Panel discussion: The Future of Downtown – Experts in fields of development and design, including the RRCDC’s Executive Director and President, will participate in a discussion sponsored by the Memorial Art Gallery on how to revitalize Rochester’s downtown.

May 18-20: City Center, Village Center: Design Matters III Conference – This year’s multi-day, annual conference hosted by the RRCDC will feature numerous workshops and lectures on how to strengthen city, town and village cores.

Ongoing Public Realm Exhibit:

We have invited selected architecture and planning firms, schools of architecture and urban design, community design centers, municipalities and other design organizations from around the country to participate in our exhibit showcasing redevelopment projects with excellent public realm design. This exhibit is intended to be exciting and accessible for viewers from the general public, sharing the possibilities for a great public realm and exploring the potential for Rochester’s built environment. It will be shown at gallery space downtown, prominent urban and suburban shopping centers, libraries and other public venues to engage the broad community.

For more info about Reshaping Rochester! and the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, contact: Audrey Stewart, RRCDC, (585) 271-0520,, or visit

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