Monthly Program: Rio Vista R/UDAT

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
$10 AIA members and employees of chapter member firms; $15 guests.
Student members free (click here to get the student code).
Includes a wine & cheese networking reception after the presentation.

1.5 CES LUs

One of the best public advocacy programs AIA has held in a long time happened in our backyard in early March: the Rio Vista R/UDAT. Over four very long days and nights, a special Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team–flown in from all corners of the nation–met with the citizens of this tiny Delta community to listen, envision, discuss and devise solutions to a myriad of problems.

The problems include a rapidly aging population bolstered by a large retirement community, stagnant development, and the future relocation of a major highway that currently transects the town (Highway 12). The resulting report was written by two dedicated National staff overnight so it could be presented to the community during a standing-room only town hall meeting.

What makes this “Communities by Design” event even more impressive is that it was driven completely by Rio Vista citizens. They developed the proposal, raised the necessary funds and marketed the event to the community. In addition, they worked with city and business leaders for buy-in to ensure the resulting recommendations wouldn’t sit on a shelf for the next 20 years.

Please join AIA East Bay on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 for a discussion led by Matt Taecker, AIA, AIACP with members of the RioVision steering committee Mary Ellen Lamothe, and Mark McTeer, AIA, as they share the story of their town and how they are using the AIA R/UDAT to proactively fight for Rio Vista’s future.

Click here to register.

RUDAT participants

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, attendees will:

1) Be able to identify at least three economic factors which threaten Rio Vista’s future.

2) Be able to describe the process for how a community and the AIA work together to develop a R/UDAT.

3) Be able to state at least three elements of the AIA report that RioVision has identified as priorities.

4) Be able to demonstrate how place making, streets as places, and community empowerment are essential ingredients to create a new way of thinking about people, places, and planning for the future.

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