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Redesigning Rural Communities

Review looks at Electric City downtown ideas

The School of Design and Construction’s Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) holds a workshop to review conceptual design developed with the community of Electric City, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

The workshop will be held in the park behind City Hall, 10 Western Ave., Electric City.

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The city and community members are planning improvements to downtown, including playgrounds, sidewalks, streets, bicycle and hiking trail systems, and connections to regional parks.

SDC faculty Kathleen Ryan and Bob Krikac, and students in architecture, landscape architecture and interior design are working with the City of Electric City, the National Park Service and the Grant County Health Department on the project. Students involved in this project are Krisandrah Crall, Tyler Reid, Zochil Castro, Chucky Vallejo and Taylor Lynch.

RCDI provides a written and visual summary of the community’s vision, to prepare for the next step of hiring qualified design, planning and construction firms.

Hosts include Rural Communities Design Initiative, the City of Electric City, the National Park Service and Grant County Health Department.

Walking tour of Colfax brochure

RCDI logo smallThe Rural Communities Design Initiative in the School of Design and Construction recently published a Colfax Historic Walking Tour brochure. WSU faculty Kathleen Ryan and Robert Krikac lead the project, with special thanks to the Colfax Downtown Association, Kristie Kirkpatrick and Patti Cammack of the Whitman County Library District, Washington Rural Heritage, and Ed Garretsonof the Whitman County Historical Society.

Colfax downtown has a rich architectural history and this self-guided tour highlights many aspects of Colfax’s history that shaped the town you see today. This brochure features sites selected for their prominence in history, their well-preserved architecture or their location. The brochure is available at the Colfax Library and in business locations in downtown Colfax.

Mr. and Mrs. Holmes of the Alexander A. Smick Scholarship, through CAHNRS, provided funding for the project. Learn more about the history of Whitman County.

Dec. 10: Rural Communities Design Initiative project review

Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) student participants will be presenting proposals for rock houses in LaCrosse and little libraries in Albion, Palouse, Uniontown, Tekoa, Rosalia, and Colfax. See previews of the work here.

Carpenter Hall, 2nd floor gallery, WSU Pullman campus, 4–6 p.m.

New beginnings

RCDI LaCrosse RegenerateSeniors in the Interior Design, School of Design + Construction who are participating in the Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) presented six proposals last month for repurposing the LaCrosse rock houses. LaCrosse Community Pride, LaCrosse School District students, and other community members reviewed the options to determine how to best meet local needs.

Learn more. Contact Kathleen Ryan, RCDI committee, for questions.

NEA ‘Our Town’ grant to Uniontown for development, design