If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work.”  – Hubert H. Humphrey

Reflections and Projections on the Legacy of Community Design

CALL FOR PROPOSALS   I   Submit by April 27th

In 2011 we had the opportunity to celebrate twenty years of the Community Design Collaborative in Philadelphia all while in the midst of the Occupy movement fueled by frustration and outrage with the way our country was addressing inequity and privilege.

In 2012 we are returning to Salt Lake City, Utah to address how we engage inequity in our design practices and how we can channel the energy and awareness that is present in our communities to better bridge the economic and equality gaps through Community Design.

The Association for Community Design along with local partners ASSIST Utah and The Center for the Living City welcome you to join us this June 8-10th in Salt Lake City. Twenty years since the last time we visited the "The Crossroads of the West" in 1992 we will gather to discuss where Community Design has been and what we have learned in the process in order to project how community-based design practices may continue to be helpful in improving our built environment and the larger dialogs that shape it.

Where has community design practice been and where is it going?

What is our role in addressing the needs of the communities we serve?

What are the critical resources and collaborations needed to sustain a community design practice?

How do we develop a professional precedence for community designers?

Proposals for presentations and workshops/exchanges should engage one of the following themes but may address any number of aspects of community design practice and education: new and creative partnerships, instructive failures, emergent practices, educational curricula + methodologies, internship and the development of emerging professionals, design activism, and sharing best practices.

Choose one of the following formats for sharing or exploring your work or ideas.


Presentations will be 10-15 minutes in length and focus on best practices, lessons learned, and/or program outcomes. Feel free to propose a small group of presenters, or we will consider how your ideas plug in with other promising submissions.

[Presentation sessions will be 90 minutes including the speakers and moderated discussion follows.]


Do you have an idea, skill, or practice that is best modeled rather than talked about? Maybe you have a problem or idea related to community design that you would like to get a diverse group of really smart people to help you explore? This is your opportunity.

[Participatory Workshops will be 90 minutes. A Mobile Workshop should not exceed 3 hours.]

Submission Format

In 500 words or less, please describe how you would like to share or explore an exemplary idea, project or possibility involving collaboration as it relates to community and design.

Please be sure to specify the following:

List both how and what you would like to share or explore.

Contact info and resume or short bio.

Please e.mail your submission to with the subject: ACD 2012 Proposal.


All submissions are due by April 27th, 2012. Applicants will be notified by May 1st. Interested participants are encouraged to submit proposals before the deadline and will be responded to on a rolling clock basis. All participants in sessions – including local panelists – are required to register for the conference.

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