City of Rochester
(Friday, June 6, 2014) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren is returning this evening from Louisville, KY, where she participated in a National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD), as the Institute’s guest. Mayor Warren was one of eight Mayors chosen to participate. The other mayors were Rusty Bailey of Riverside, CA; John Curtis of Provo, UT; John Eberhart of Fairbanks, AK; Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, MN.; George Wallace of Hampton, VA.; and Nan Whaley of Dayton, OH. The MICD is a National Endowment for the Arts Leadership Initiative in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors.
The MICD gets mayors and design experts to work together on solutions to urban design challenges. The sessions are organized around case-study problems and each mayor presents a problem or project from his or her city for the other mayors and designers to discuss. Mayor Warren presented the Inner Loop East development project.
Six to eight Institute sessions are held throughout the country each year. The two and one-half day sessions are limited to less than twenty participants, half mayors and half a resource team consisting of outstanding city design and development professionals. Mayors present a range of challenges, including waterfront redevelopment, downtown revitalization, transportation planning and the design of new public buildings such as libraries and arts centers.
Following each presentation, mayors and designers identify important issues, offer suggestions and discuss potential solutions. The interchange sparks lively debate, opens new perspectives and generates creative ideas. Members of the resource team also make presentations on the role of their profession in the process of city design, illustrated by outstanding examples and best practices.
The Institute has graduated more than 900 mayors and more than 600 designers who have often commented on learning as much from the mayors as the mayors have learned from them. The Mayors’ Institute is designed to both to educate mayors about design and to educate the design community about the latest practical needs of cities.
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