Iowa Community Design Workshops
Community Design Workshops are organized by Iowa Community Design, an
outreach agency of the College of Design at Iowa State University.
Robert Findlay, Architecture and Jerry Knox, Community and Regional
Planning, co-direct the ICD.
In recent years, workshop students have collaborated on a variety of
community-based projects involving preservation and accessibility,
townscape and retail district revitalization, community image and
identity, adaptive re-use of structures, and the design of new
The workshops are an opportunity to experience collaborative design
among students in related design disciplines, and more importantly, with
affected community members. By engaging other in all phases of design,
we share our creativity, receive constant and timely feedback on our
individual efforts, and we strive to provide environments that are
mutually owned by all who participate: designers, sponsors and users.
In order to accomplish these goals, we take on community-based projects,
we use critics as consultants, and we engage sponsors and user groups
throughout an open design process.
Collaborative, or team designing, may be thought of as a precursor of
professional practice. Even in a one person office, it is necessary to
collaborate with consultants and clients in order to accomplish
projects. More often, in offices of all sizes, design is accomplished
through team efforts; either through specialized input or through
communal effort. In the workshop we associate in teams to accomplish
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