Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI): Design Guidelines and Community Engagement

Robert Krikac, faculty in the School of Design and Construction, Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) presented Proposed Design Standards and Guidelines at the City Council meeting in City of College Place, WA on September 26, 2017.

College Place Workshop Fall 2017 (cropped)

RCDI faculty and student interns assisted in the preparation of design guidelines to supplement the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Proposed Design Standards and Guidelines for downtown College Place were based on the RCDI’s research and facilitation of several community workshops and presentations to officials at Walla Walla University, the City of College Place Planning Commission and City Council.

Group Mattawa (cropped)

Faculty leaders were Krikac and Kathleen Ryan; student interns involved were Krisandrah Crall (architecture), Keyaira Mumford, Karli Iseman, Maria Tatum (interior design) and Philip VanDevanter (landscape architecture).

Students and faculty from RCDI also facilitated a workshop on September 25, 2017 with the Pullman Town Gown collaborative on strategies to increase community and university engagement in downtown Pullman. Key areas addressed were future business development, aesthetics and visual appeal, infrastructure (including parking and promoting a walkable and bike able downtown), and development of special events.

Town Gown (cropped)

Facilitators were Kathleen Ryan (faculty, interior design) and Krisandrah Crall (architecture), Kelli Young (interior design) and Collin Schweikl (landscape architecture).