Event: Creative Placemaking Symposium, March 1, 2023

In celebration of the University of Maryland’s new Creative Placemaking Minor, please join us for a one-day symposium considering how the fields of art and design can be leveraged in the service of social justice, democracy, and equitable communities.

“Story + Place” a workshop led by poet, dancer, and urban planner Amy Shimshon-Santo will take place on Thursday, March 2 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm in the Art Building. Please see the event webpage for full details.


Presentation topics

  • Elevating arts, culture and design to support healthy communities
  • Arts-based and community-led placemaking and keeping
  • Student-centered civic engagement
  • Creating diverse and inclusive built environment discourse and action


Find a list of speakers and their bios, here.

Symposium RSVP (In person and Zoom)           Workshop RSVP

FLYER: Creative Placemaking Symposium Flyer

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Nick Finio on ‘creeping segregation’ in Columbia, MD

Image: Paul Newson/The Baltimore Banner

NCSG’s associate director Dr. Nick Finio was quoted in a recent article from the Baltimore Banner, “Report: ‘Creeping segregation’ in Columbia, originally envisioned as model of racial integration.”

From the article: “The report, published last week by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, called for leaders to make the community a more affordable place to live ‘so that Columbia really can once again be an example for the entire country in diversity and opportunity.'”

Speaking about income and racial segregation, Finio said a similar trend is taking place across central Maryland and in other parts of the country, in part due to a failure to integrate housing types within suburban communities.

Click to read the full article.

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Call for Submissions: Epidemic Urbanism Initiative Design Competition

The Epidemic Urbanism Initiative (EUI) issued a call for submissions to the 2023 EUI Design Competition, with the theme of Adaptive Reuse: Design Transformations for Community Healthcare. 

Design interventions into pre-existing sites play a critical role in global healthcare. The 2023 Epidemic Urbanism Initiative Design Competition will focus on adaptive reuse, inviting submissions that consider how pre-existing vacant, underused, or currently used sites, structures, and spaces can be transformed into healthcare settings with thoughtful, sustainable design interventions.

Upcoming key dates:

  • Deadline for inquiries: April 30, 2023
  • Deadline for submissions: May 30, 2023

For full details, including submission categories, requirements, and winner prizes, please visit the 2023 EUI Design Competition website. For questions, please email

This competition is sponsored by NCSG; architecture firms CRGA, Cuningham, GRIMM+PARKER; and is presented in partnership with the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

2023 Epidemic Urbanism Initiative Design Competition flier.

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