Design for Community Regeneration


D4CR is a Minnesota Design Center initiative led by Tim Griffin, Jonee Brigham, and Dewey Thorbeck. D4CR partners with communities in a process of imagining and planning their resilient future addressing food, water, and energy security while increasing economic opportunities, social cohesion, and finding low cost housing options. Communities participate in a ground-up "Geodesign" process assisted by geographic data, and a dashboard for community goals. Regional clusters of rural, peri-urban, and urban communities will explore how to identify their assets of land such as underutilized golf courses, school properties, and industrial sites and participate in an inclusive decision process about future regenerative land use yielding initiatives ready for prototyping and implementation.

Pilot: NW Minnesota

D4CR is a decade-long plan for piloting and then expanding a Design for Community Regeneration model across Minnesota.

The first pilot project has been funded for application in Warren, Minnesota. The project is made possible by funding from the Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, City of Warren, and in-kind support from partner organizations. To see the D4CR Warren Introduction Story Map, click HERE. Phase 1 is complete resulting in a list of potential regenerative innovations for Warren and Phase 2 will continue with prioritized projects further evaluated and prototyped to help move the Warren toward implementation.

Next phase fundraising will extend the pilot in NW Minnesota working with the Cities of Crookston and Hallock.

All three cities in this regional cluster are MN GreenStep Cities, which gives them a strong foundation to build from as they plan for a regenerative future.

If you are interested in learning more, following our progress, contributing ideas or funds, or becoming a future D4CR city, please contact Tim Griffin at griff282@umn.edu

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnership RSDP brings together community and University knowledge and resources to drive sustainability in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources and resilient communities.

Warren is a city in northwestern Minnesota of 1,678 as of 2010 and is the county seat of Marshall County. Warren is a MN GreenStep City and the recipient of multiple environmental awards.

Geodesign Presentation

D4CR Leaders, Tim Griffin and Jonee Kulman Brigham presented the D4CR Warren project progress to date at the 2021 Geodesign Summit on February 9-10, 2021.

The Geodesign Summit gathers developers, practitioners, and researchers from the ESRI GIS community to share their work using GIS and Geodesign processes.

Watch our 8 minute video, and check out other Geodesign presentations at the proceedings website.

Interest Survey & Quarterly Mailing List

Use our survey to express your interest in D4CR, whether you are a city that wants to explore participation, want to provide input, partner, or fund the project, or if you'd just like to connect and be on our mailing list. See who else has signed up on the map below.

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