Design for Community Regeneration

D4CR Warren goes to the Marshall County Fair!

July 20-24, 2022, members of the D4CR Team will be at the Marshall County Fair in Warren, Minnesota sharing progress on Warren's visions for the future and getting input from Warren residents and visitors on what makes Warren special and how to make it even better. Visitors can view the posters, and share ideas in an interactive model, drawing maps, and online surveys. Participants are entered into a raffle with daily and end of week prizes*. Come explore the project at the booth in the Commercial Building! You can also view the fair posters and answer the surveys on this website, on the D4CR Warren Page.
*(Sunday is display only, no raffle.)


Design for Community Regeneration (D4CR) is a Minnesota Design Center initiative led by Tim Griffin, Jonee Kulman Brigham, and Dewey Thorbeck. D4CR partners with communities in a process of imagining and planning their regenerative and 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 is continuing with four prototype projects prioritized by the community to be further evaluated to help move Warren toward implementation.

Next phase fundraising will extend the pilot in NW Minnesota to engage local-regional issues, working with interested cities such as Crookston and Hallock and partners within and beyond the region.

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, although being a GreenStep City is not a prerequisite for participation.

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.

Connecting Local, Regional, and State Planning

D4CR is connecting across communities and regions to grow the 10 year vision for regenerative planning.

8 minute Lightning talk from the 2021 conference, 2022 coming soon

Geodesign Presentation

D4CR Leaders, Tim Griffin and Jonee Kulman Brigham presented the D4CR Warren project progress to date at the 2022 Geodesign Summit on April 11-12, 2022.

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 videos, and check out other Geodesign presentations at the the current proceedings site (coming soon), or the 2021 proceedings website.

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