Associate Dean and Architecture Professor Marilys Nepomechie was an invited member of the professional design resource team for the Fall Mayor’s Institute on City Design (MICD) in Fayetteville, AR. Hosted by the University of Arkansas Center for Community Design, the MICD Session focused on urban issues brought by mayors from across the SE United States, including Arkansas, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida. Invited members of the consulting resource team for the fall session included design and infrastructure professionals, developers and academics based in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Colorado, Connecticut, New Mexico and Florida. MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, held in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors.
The following description of the Institute and its work is from the MICD website:
Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. MICDorganizes sessions where mayors engage leading design experts to find solutions to the most critical urban design challenges facing their cities. Sessions are organized around case-study problems. Each mayor presents a problem from his or her city and get feedback from other mayors and design experts.
Every year, six to eight Institute sessions are held throughout the U.S.. Each two and one-half day session is limited to fewer than twenty participants, half mayors and half a resource team, consisting of outstanding city design and development professionals. Mayors present a range of challenges, including waterfront redevelopment, downtown revitalization, transportation planning, and the design of new public buildings such as libraries and arts centers. Following each presentation, mayors and the resource team identify important issues, offer suggestions, and discuss potential solutions. The interchange sparks lively debate, opens new perspectives, and generates creative ideas.
MICD brings together a resource team of multidisciplinary design and development professionals along with six to eight mayors at each of its sessions. The MICD Resource Team consists of distinguished professionals from across the country in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, city and regional planning, transportation planning, economic and real estate development, and historic preservation. When combined with participating mayors, MICD provides in-depth discussion and dialogue among those that help shape the built environment of American cities. (Source)