The 2016 Reshaping Rochester Awards Luncheon will be held Thursday, November 17 at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton.
Community Design Center of Rochester Executive Director Mo Duggan and Bill Price, the Vice President and Senior Landscape Architect at Fisher Associates, discussed the awards and the mission of the CDC Wednesday on News 8 at Noon.
“This is the sixth year that we’ve done this, and we recognize people and projects that have made an enduring impact on the built environment of Rochester and the region, so people that have advocated for a change in the built environment and projects that have improved the life of people in our region,” said Duggan.
Price is also a Board Member for the Community Design Center of Rochester. “I’ve been involved for probably the entire time the CDC has been in existence, and I participate as a facilitator in many of the neighborhood or community design charrettes, and that’s really kind of the strength and the backbone of the services that CDC offers, is to get out in the neighborhood and the community and help advocate for really good design that makes the quality of life better for the neighborhoods,” said Price.
The idea is to advocate before a project takes root in a neighborhood, when there’s time to influence how it will impact the community. “That’s what we love to do, we like to be what I call the tip of the spear,” Duggan said. “A lot of times we work with neighborhoods that don’t have a strong planning background, maybe have experienced a lot of disinvestment over the years, and we try to come in and we help the community come together around what they would like to see in the public realm to make it work for them – economically, from a health perspective, education perspective, transportation perspective, and also aesthetically. Everyone has the right to live in an area that they call home that’s beautiful, that makes them proud of where they live.”
Price said it’s about bringing a holistic view to a neighborhood project. “It really isn’t just that one structure, but it is how does it effect people’s quality of life, and CDC looks and engages people from all walks of life – from education, health care, planning, architecture and engineering – to try to bring all of those elements together in building a quality environment,” he said.
For tickets and more information about this year’s Reshaping Rochester Awards presented by the Community Design Center of Rochester, call (585) 271-0520 or click here.