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Room 108
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2950
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Urban Design

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Great public spaces are those places where celebrations are held, social and economic exchanges occur, friends run into each other, and cultures mix.

Urban Design and Placemaking are keys to creating great community spaces.

Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being.

Urban design is the art of creating and shaping cities and towns. It involves the arrangement and design of buildings, public spaces, transport systems, services, and amenities. Urban design blends architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning together to make urban areas functional and attractive.

Why is Urban Design & Placemaking important?

As cities develop, Urban Design & Placemaking ensure that the built environment evolves into great livable places, connections, and neighborhoods where people can experience a high quality of life and safe, affordable living with opportunities to succeed.

Rochester is fortunate to have great examples of urban design & placemaking including:

What are the elements of Urban Design?

Urban design includes physical elements such as buildings, structures, and landscaping that impact the economic prosperity and environmental health of a community. These physical elements, in turn, impact the non-physical aspects of urban design such as local culture, community health and well-being, social interaction, and support networks.

Committee on Urban Design & Environment (CUDE)

CUDE is Rochester's Committee on Urban Design and Environment. The mission of the Committee on Urban Design and Environment (CUDE)  is to maintain and improve the appearance, function and environmental quality of the community through investigation and development of appropriate policies and strategies. Learn more about CUDE by clicking here.