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The Collaborative Community Design Initiative is founded on interdisciplinary problem-solving, community engagement, and broad-based partnerships that provide a model for new ways of acting in and thinking about our communities


Collaborative Community Design Initiative No. 1

To support and strengthen communities across Houston the Collaborative Community Design Initiative (CCDI) brings together citizens, professionals in the fields of design, planning, real estate, and community development, elected officials, and faculty and students to work together through a yearlong partnership. The program, in partnership with four communities, is a compilation of activities that build on each other, and result in comprehensive community design tools and strategies. 


Each Initiative is focused on a specific design challenge and is completed in partnership with four Houston neighborhoods. The pilot Initiative “Corridors” focused on once-thriving commercial corridors in the communities of Greater Heights, Greater Third Ward, Harrisburg, and Independence Heights. In our four partner communities corridors were explored as the spine of each community, moving people, providing a framework for development, and serving as anchors for commercial, cultural and civic spaces. 


The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Urban Land Institute, and Capital One, with additional support from Greater Houston LISC, ULI Houston District Council, the Southeast Houston Community Development Corporation, and the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. 

Locations: Greater Heights, Greater Third Ward, Harrisburg, Independence Heights

Project Team:  Susan Rogers, Rafael Longoria, Maria Oran, Natasha Ostaszewski, and Jay Taylor

Students: Eric Arnold, Johanna Brustmeyer, Jessica Barnett, Miriam Cardenas, Ethan Dehaini, Kiza Forgie, Lianka Gallegos, Aaron Grant, Christopher Hopkins, Mireille Kameni, Ran Li, Jenna McPhail, Robert Mercado, Amanda Neve, Maria Oran, Allison Parrott, Stefano Poisl, Jennifer Reyes, Matthew Rose, Mauricio Suarez, Xiaowen Shi, Ruqiya Imtiaz-uddin, Sanja Zilic

Summer 2010

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