15 Years of Bringing Together Community and Good Design

ExecDirRandyWells

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.

Sincerelly,
Randy Wells
Executive Director
Florida Community Design Center
101 N. Main Street
Gainesville, Florida 32601

Everybody Loves Popup Park

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from https://lifeofgreenbuddies.wordpress.com/comic/popuppark/

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.

REFERENCES

http://parkingday.org/about-parking-day/
http://www.bisonip.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/PopUpParksGuide-2013.pdffix-3woodydesoto-popgnv

AIA Gainesville Joins the Florida Community Design Center in New Downtown Space

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.