Oregon County, MO (2014)

On November 20 - 22, 2014, Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design ™ convened a two-and-a-half-day workshop in partnership with Oregon Country Food Producers and Artisans Co-Op, in Alton, Missouri, Oregon County.

The Co-Op applied for the CIRD award in May of 2014 with the intent to create a design for the Co-Op’s expansion. The Co-Op wanted to convert a vacant building facing the town square into a community asset and expand the Co-Op’s operation in the process. The design had to take into consideration Oregon County’s unique brand of economy and neighborliness.  Indeed, Oregon County has a tradition of buying, selling and trading handmade and homegrown goods, and the Food Producers and Artisan Co-Op has centralized these exchanges of goods and talent into one space.

The workshop featured a multi-disciplinary resource team, including Kirsten Stoltz, Programming Director of M12 Studio,  and landscape architects, Jesse and Emily Vogler, from the University of Washington in St. Louis, and Rhode Island School of Architecture. Maria Sykes, founder of Epicenter was also part of the resource team, presenting on how to create an inclusive community space for a town of roughly 800 people.

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To learn more about the workshop and the planning process click here, and here.

To read our workshop notebook click here.

Learn more about what Alton has accomplished since our workshop by reading our blog, "Alton, MO Revisited: Town Awarded NEA Grant to Complete CIRD Workshop Plans."