UF students, faculty and staff, and members of the greater Gainesville community are invited to a public meeting Wednesday, July 27, where they will hear about progress on UF’s Strategic Development Plan and have an opportunity to provide feedback on future planning. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the GRU administration building’s multipurpose room at 301 SE 4th Ave.
The Strategic Development Plan will seek to provide a road-map for the university and surrounding community’s future that supports UF’s rise to preeminence by identifying the best opportunities for wise growth, economic viability and livability, allowing Gainesville and UF to rise to preeminence together. UF, along with consulting firms DumontJanks and Elkus Manfredi, will finalize and release the plan by December.
At this meeting, representatives from the university’s planning team will provide a brief introduction and overview of the work to date and then will facilitate several discussions focused on the themes of re-centering, uniting, and sustaining our community.
Work to date on the Strategic Development Plan includes a CoMap survey, where the UF and Gainesville community indicated where they live, work and socialize, and how they get from point to point. The survey also revealed Gainesville’s strong sense of connection with outdoor areas that surround our community.
UF leaders and the consultants have been meeting with key community stakeholder groups, including community leaders and business owners, about the plan since February, with meetings scheduled to continue into the fall.
For more information, visit the Strategic Development Plan website, and to download a PowerPoint presentation shared with the UF Board of Trustees in June.
You can also sign up for the latest news and updates regarding the plan.
We hope to see you there.
Please join me in celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Florida Community Design Center (FCDC). Founded in May 2001, FCDC was established to promote good community design in the built and natural environment of Gainesville, Alachua County, and the State of Florida.
As of May 26th, I joined the FCDC as Executive Director. Thank you to outgoing Executive Director Forrest Eddleton for his service to the organization and community.
I welcome the opportunity to discuss the great volunteer partnerships that FCDC has engaged in over the last 15 years–and your ideas for how FCDC can contribute to our community and state over the next 15 years. Please contact me at 352-318-9410 or Randy@FLCDC.org to schedule a meeting at our office, 101 N. Main Street.
Since 2001, FCDC has provided educational and reference materials about good design to the general public, provided training opportunities and continuing education for professional designers, and conducted numerous community design exercises, programs and initiatives. We have worked with established educational institutions, city and county government, and other non-profit and community organizations to provide future professionals with opportunities to learn while providing valuable design and community outreach services to the communities we serve. And we have conducted research in the principles, methods, and materials used to build sustainable communities, defined as those which balance economic, environmental, and social equity issues.
Florida Community Design Center
101 N. Main Street
Gainesville, Florida 32601
I am pleased to announce that as of today, May 26, 2016, I joined the Florida Community Design Center as Executive Director. Please join me in thanking outgoing Executive Director Forrest Eddleton for his service to the organization and community. Sincerely, Randy Wells
Beginning in 2015, students in the UF landscape architecture program, together with other Gainesville community members, created PopGNV.
Park(ing) Day originated in 2005 with a San Francisco art and design studio called Rebar. The original idea was to create a discussion about how valuable urban public space is used.
Based on PARK(ING) DAY website, pop up park was started in San Francisco by Rebar, an art and design studio, started with changing a car zone into a park. The size of the park can be vary from a park as small as one single parking spot into a whole block. Nowadays, the concept is been adaptable to address any social and urban issues, it’s becoming the urban culture.
Being surrounded with parks and recreation area, I feel lucky living in Gainesville, Florida. Unfortunately, there’s no park can be found in downtown and of course, just like any other growing cities, Gainesville turns some of the green area into building complex.
Inspired from the PARK(ING) DAY succeed, Florida Community Design Center (FCDC), a non-profit organization, planning to organize a pop up park event called POP GNV. it will be held on September 18th-19th, 2015 at 101 N Main Street – across the street from The TOP restaurant. Started in Fall 2014, FCDC is excited to host the event.
AIA Gainesville and the Florida Community Design Center (FCDC) celebrated a new year of service to the design, architecture, preservation and sustainability with a move to new space in downtown Gainesville. The FCDC and AIA Gainesville are now sharing headquarters space at 101 North Main Street.
“We are delighted to make this move as part of our ongoing commitment to the Gainesville community,” said FCDC executive vice president Forrest Eddleton, AICP. “By welcoming AIA Gainesville to our headquarters building, the FCDC extends our ongoing commitment to the safety, sustainability and architectural character of the Gainesville community. Members of AIA Gainesville are dedicated to excellence, creativity, quality and safety in the built environment. Our missions are closely aligned.”
The motto of the FCDC is “Good design is good business,” reflecting the organization’s commitment to ensuring that the Gainesville community presents an architecturally consistent and attractive face to the world. The FCDC is made up of architects, engineers, landscape architects, planners, preservationists and community residents who support high-quality, sustainable building and neighborhood design. AIA Gainesville members are architects who belong to the national association.