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January 2018

Communities by Design and the R/UDATs

The first case study in 20/20 Visions: Collaborative Placemaking and Planning is of the Santa Fe Railyard Regeneration. It’s a fascinating story of a town coming together to fight a plan for a disused railway yard drawn up without their involvement, to save its heritage and to radically envision an alternative future.

The opening of the case study begins with a question: “What to do with a large, valuable railyard that becomes available in the heart of the historic, thriving state capital of New Mexico – who decides?”. Up until this moment in the town’s history, no one had considered how citizens could actively shape the vision for an area that needed change. The case study goes onto to describe the months long process which was formulated to enable the community to share their stories and ideas. This set the scene for an American Institute of Architects Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team to lead a Charrette over a weekend in February 1997 and create a new Vision for the Railyard.

To see what it was like on the ground, the AIA’s Communities by Design released a short documentary available online, see link below:
Santa Fe’s Railyard Revival

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Learn more about Communities by Design and the R/UDAT

Incredible Festival of Ideas

There is an incredible happening in the Upper Calder Valley this midsummer to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET) which was founded in 2018 and fifteen years since the Yorkshire Forward Upper Calder Valley Renaissance process which has catalysed so much positive change in the valley. IET is teaming up with the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival to run the first Incredible Festival of Ideas. The Festival is going to be a celebration of people coming together to improve where they live through creativity and kindness. It’s going to be a celebration of the Valley, linking up the towns from Todmorden to Halifax to show people what’s possible through collaboration.

A whole range of people came together for the first organising meetup in January hosted by the inspirational Mary Clear, co-founder of Incredible Edible. Ideas include everything from placemaking and resilient communities conferences, to food and wellbeing and celebrations of the summer solstice. The dates are set, the venues are booked, and much of the programming is taking shape. Stay tuned for more info. In the meantime, mark your calendars – 21 – 24 June 2018. More details to come.

Check out Mary’s blog from the last meeting here

You can also see the UCV Renaissance report here