Building Community Knowledge Around Sustainable Neighborhood Design

Program Contact

Brian Muller

Associate Professor


This project is one of six Community Design Workshop initiatives organized through the MetroLab partnership between the university and the cities of Boulder, and the cities of Longmont, Lyons and Denver, and Boulder County. 

Community Design Workshop Goals

  1. Support students in multiple classes to participate in community engagement and design training;
  2. Identify opportunities and priorities for neighborhood revitalization based on interviews and interactions with residents, other stakeholders, users of the area city staff;
  3. Develop design and policy solutions to selected problems emerging through these discussions; 
  4. Engage residents and users of the area in a dialogue about ideas for neighborhood revitalization through interactive presentations and performances of student work.

In this project on the site previously occupied by the Boulder Community Hospital in Boulder, student and faculty work addressed an array of sustainable design and development opportunities. These helped create a baseline of ideas, designs and knowledge that were deployed in workshops led by student groups, on a website and publication, and through participation in city community engagement events and a presentation to the city council, in order to broaden community dialogue about development options for the site. The project involved collaborative work across multiple disciplines and classes including faculty and staff in environmental studies, environmental design and others.

  • Community Design Workshop: Building Community Knowledge Around Sustainable Neighborhood Design


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    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Arts & Sciences

  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Graduate School

  • Program in Environmental Design

Program Partners

  • City of Boulder
  • Goose Creek Neighborhoods
  • MetroLab Initiative
  • Community Engagement Design and Research Center
  • Program in Environmental Design
  • CU Engage
  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Masters in Environmental Design

Audiences Served

  • Families
  • General Public
  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Senior Citizens
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Urban Communities