TRUDC recently hosted the South Regional session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a National Endowment for the Arts Leadership Initiative in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors.
The conference brought together 8 mayors from across the South to present planning and design projects ongoing in their respective cities. A panel of eight design and development experts aided the mayors in tackling these projects, and included specialists in architecture, urban design, transportation planning, development, preservation, project management, and landscape architecture.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu welcomed the group, addressing the challenges of balancing development and innovation with the preservation of long-standing community and cultural values.
TRUDC Director Grover Mouton has hosted 12 such sessions and more than 75 mayors over the past 20 years, and maintains a working relationship with many of the alumni cities and mayors. The program has been an important part of the TRUDC’s efforts to provide community design outreach throughout the region. He and Project Director Nick Jenisch visited each city to help participating mayors select a project suitable to the Institute. The TRUDC will now shift its focus to follow-up activities, ensuring that the mayors are better equipped to implement their projects. By request, the TRUDC plans to hold special design workshops in select cities to engage their citizenry and move closer to realization of these public projects.
Picture courtesy Rianna Bennett