What is Rural Design?
Rural design is an interdisciplinary process for managing rural change, defining rural issues, and creating solutions to resolve them.
The Center uses the lens of spatial organization and design to organize and put into practice the work of other scientific and design disciplines in our mission to identify and solve rural issues and problems.
Rural Design is above all a vision for a sustainable rural future—a vision that provides a way of thinking about rural regions and their relationships to the states, the nation, and the world. Rural design incorporates methodologies that connects environmental, cultural, and social issues with educational, technological, and organizational research to formulate innovative solutions for a healthy and prosperous future for rural areas. Rural design, as a problem-solving process, is a proven method for resolving issues and making wise land use and architectural decisions that protects the rural environment and promotes economic development as it enhances rural quality of life. "Rural Design: Shaping Rural Future," Dewey Thorbeck