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Project Innovation Design Program Begins!

During the 2011-12 school year, the JCDC will teach the design component for Midtown Partner’s Project Innovation in Midtown. 46 Brown Elementary students will spend afternoons with the JCDC staff learning about sustainable architecture and communities.  Exercises and field trips will expose the students to principles of the Built Environment, Transportation, Energy, and Food Production … Continue reading

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The JCDC welcomes a new Graduate Fellow – Barry White

Barry White is a candidate for a master’s degree in applied cultural anthropology at Mississippi State University. He is currently working on a thesis research project that explores the inclusion of sustainability in mid-sized cities’ revitalization movements. Barry will be spending the semester conducting his thesis research as a Graduate Fellow with the Jackson Community Design … Continue reading

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Mississippi’s Creative Economy Summit

Over 300 people convened at the Convention Center in Jackson on August 10  to discuss the cultivation of Mississippi’s Creative Economy.  Congratulations are due to the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission for organizing such an enthralling event.  We spent the day discussing how our organically grown arts economy (which is composed of … Continue reading

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A Walk Across the Burnside Bridge in Portland

FROM JACKSON TO PORTLAND: 5 DAYS, 3 FRIENDS, 2 WALKIE TALKIES, 1 TRUCK, 1 CAR. I recently returned from a cross-country road trip that originated in Jackson, MS with two other friends, a Camry and a 26-foot moving truck, and ended with being dropped off in Portland, OR on foot. What made this travel so … Continue reading

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Mid- a Discourse on Mid-size cities is officially released.

mid- a discourse on mid size cities: A journal published by the JCDC that will address shared problems and opportunities of the mid size city.  mid- is a platform for the exchange of ideas that will lead to a comprehensive model for achieving a balance between human inhabitation and ecosystems. In the absence of such … Continue reading

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Intelligent Cities Forum 2011

Since the fall of 2010, members of the JCDC have been acting as delegates of the Intelligent Cities Initiative which is a collaboration between the National Building Museum, TIME Magazine, IBM, and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.  As a delegate, we have been connected to an eclectic group of professionals that include, but are not … Continue reading

Intelligent Cities Forum

Members of the JCDC will be present at the the Intelligent Cities Conference on Monday — read a little more about it from the Website: http://www.nbm.org/intelligentcities/ On June 6, 2011 the National Building Museum will convene a one-day forum to explore the intersection of data, technology, and cities. Informed by a series of Intelligent Cities infographics that … Continue reading

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The JCDC is up for a Pepsi Refresh Everything grant!

We have been selected to compete for Pepsi Refresh Everything funding to conduct Jackson is ART: a design studio for 2011! Please follow the link below to learn more and vote once a day! http://www.refresheverything.com/jacksonisart FOR MORE INFO ABOUT JACKSON IS ART 2010, PLEASE SEE OUR PAGE: http://caadjcdc.wordpress.com/projects/teaching/jxn-is-art-a-design-studio/   

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Ever wonder what ‘Design Thinking’ is?

EXPLORATION >>> IDEATION >>> EXPERIMENTATION Most creative-based disciplines operate around a process of iteration and critique. Give a problem to ten architects, and you’ll end up with ten different solutions. Where architectural and design-based solutions find their value is in their ability to withstand criticisms from objective viewers. Some in academia recognize the value in … Continue reading

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JCDC goes to SXSW (well, 1/2 of us)

I took my first legitimate vacation in over a year this past week by traveling to Austin, TX, for the annual South By Southwest music festival. Probably just as exciting as a week of nonstop music was the chance to visit one America’s most vibrant and design-progressive urban centers. Practically everything we contend for at … Continue reading

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