Posts Tagged ‘Design’

images (3)The City will conduct a public informational meeting to discuss the Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St. The proposed project will eliminate a 2/3-mile segment of the Inner Loop Expressway between Monroe Avenue and Charlotte Street and replace it with a, “Complete street,” which is designed to accommodate all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders.

The project’s goal is to increase traffic safety, reconnect neighborhoods with the Center City and make available parcels of land for mixed-use redevelopment. Reclaiming this land will raise local tax revenues, create jobs and generate private investment.

“This project will benefit the entire city,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. “We are building a city that encourages walking, biking and enjoying the outdoor environment. Replacing this section of the Inner Loop will demonstrate the City’s commitment to fostering quality of life here in Rochester.”

The purpose of this meeting is to review the project, discuss preliminary design alternatives and solicit suggestions from the public. The project’s design consultants will give a detailed presentation and citizens can interact with City staff following the presentation.

Preliminary engineering and design is anticipated to be complete by winter 2013/2014. Final design will be complete by summer 2014 and, pending funding availability, construction may begin as soon as fall 2014.

Members of the public may contact City of Rochester Transportation Specialist, Erik Frisch at with comments and concerns prior to Sept. 15, 2013.

Additional project information is available at

images (4)Everyone seems to be in agreement that the 2012-2013 winter season has been an unusually long one. Us Rochestarians are certainly used to the snow, slush, wind and cold… but enough already! The short teases of warmth (okay, warm for March in Rochester) and sunshine we’ve had recently are getting us all excited about spring! And if anyone can appreciate spring, it’s those of us in Upstate New York!

We hope you will come out to The Home & Garden Show this weekend March 23rd and 24th at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. This show will provide you with that boost of spring fever and plenty of ways to cure it! This year’s show has kitchen and bathroom galleries, , huge landscaping and outdoor living displays! You just have to come check them out. We have new stuff too, like wine tasting, and culinary demonstrations. Stop by to enjoy the Interior Design Showcase where you can visit with Interior Design Professionals and see their beautiful room displays.

We’ve added more culinary demonstrations (lots of them!) from area restaurants and seminars on things like kitchen design and even painting your own wall mural! There’s fun for the kids too including face painting and magic so bring the family!

Plan now to attend The Home & Garden Show at the Convention Center next weekend. Go to for your $2 off coupon and a look at the schedule of events. You won’t want to miss a thing!


Great designers don’t just do design, they live design. Like them, we can learn how to practice design thinking principles both at work and at home.

As you start designing your life in 2013, here are five ways to begin:

1. Be optimistic, collaborative, and generative.
There’s something wonderfully gratifying about creating something new, whether it’s an award-winning design or a home-cooked meal.

2. Think of life as a prototype.
Conduct experiments, make discoveries, change as needed. Any process can be re-examined and tweaked. Look for opportunities to turn a process into a project with a tangible outcome.

3. Don’t ask “what?” ask “why?”
Instead of accepting a given constraint, ask whether this is the right problem to be solving.

4. Demand divergent options.
Don’t settle for the first good idea that comes to mind or seize on the first promising solution presented to you. Explore divergent options—and then set a deadline so you know when to move on.

5. Once a day, deeply observe the ordinary.
Make it a rule that at least once a day you will stop and take a second look at some ordinary situation that you would normally look at only once (or not at all). Get out in the world and be inspired by people.

Happy designing!

(Artwork by Martin Kay / IDEO)