The Community Design program is coordinated in partnership with the Department of Landscape Architecture. The current program works with communities on a range of projects addressing spatial planning and design needs with an emphasis on public spaces. The Community Design program also offers community design training opportunities for Extension professionals, community leaders, and volunteers. Through several program resources, communities can begin to involve their stakeholders in organizing a range of public space planning and design endeavors, urban to rural, built to natural and publicly shared spaces in between. There are three broad types of resources and services available: community planning and design activities to build capacity and develop visions, collaborations on planning and design projects involving student designers, and a variety of educational materials.
Are you ready to LEARN MORE about community design?
These publications and webinars on community design practices will inspire and inform future projects.Publications
Are you ready to ENGAGE your community?
These simple tools and how-to guides support community planning through community engagement.Tools and How-To Guides
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Search by topic for publications, resources and activities to collect and refine ideas, thoughts, or visions for your community design projects.
The following resources outline the benefits that the placemaking of public spaces can bring to your community. Many communities have an interest in developing a variety of public spaces. Creating meaningful public spaces can be accomplished by communities of any size.
Developing trails has become an interest for many communities in Kentucky in recent years. A number of communities have also been successful in gaining certification through the Kentucky Trail Town program.
Enhancing streetscapes can offer quality of life benefits for communities from economic development to healthier lifestyles. Often, streetscapes are the backbones of our built environments that help connect our communities and establish vibrant relationships.