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RFP Seeking 2021 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship Host

Posted on June 21, 2021

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) is pleased to announce an opportunity for universities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to host and organize the 2021 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship, helping mayors explore the intersection of urban design, planning, and racial justice in each of their cities. Continue reading

Design Leaders: How Jackson, Mississippi’s New Comprehensive Plan Foregrounds Race

Posted on May 12, 2021

“Design Leaders,” a new series from Next City, highlights mayors’ roles in design and the built environment in their cities. In this installment, Jackson, MS Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba shares his team's approach to undoing systemic racism in the built environment. Mayor Lumumba, a 2018 MICD alum, also participated in the inaugural MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship last fall. Continue reading

Watch: MICD receives 2021 LAF Founders’ Award

Posted on May 4, 2021

The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) has awarded the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) with the 2021 LAF Founders' Award, the highest honor it bestows on organizations. MICD Executive Director Trinity Simons accepted the award on behalf of the Mayors' Institute in a virtual ceremony on April 8, 2021. Continue reading

Design Leaders: This NYC Suburb Is Ready to Bring Community Into the Affordable Housing Conversation

Posted on March 18, 2021

“Design Leaders,” a new series from Next City, highlights mayors’ roles in design and the built environment in their cities. In the third installment, Mount Vernon, NY Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard discusses her evolving vision for affordable housing in her city. Mayor Patterson-Howard participated in the inaugural MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship last fall and is a current recipient of MICD Alumni Technical Assistance. Continue reading