Storefront works at the scale of human relationships, forming friendships and facilitating partnerships across disciplinary, physical, and socioeconomic boundaries. We place a high priority on the expertise of people who know the intimate details, nuances, and needs of their communities. Many Richmond neighborhoods still live with the effects of inequitable planning practices: residents are two and three generations entrenched into new living patterns. As Richmond rebrands itself as RVA and a hub of innovation in the South, we find Storefront at the center of planning and design culture, working towards equitable practices.
Storefront began its work in Richmond’s East End, and we continue to work heavily with clients in the 7th Council District, while also expanding to have a presence in all nine council districts. Through low-cost design assistance and community engagement, we link design practitioners to design need. We have 120 design professionals who volunteer their expertise, and neighborhood and corporate volunteers who help execute projects. Since starting, we’ve completed over 150 design sessions, 11 community engagement processes, and 7 design education series. The estimated value of these services is over 200K.
While our clients are Richmonders, we are part of a larger national movement in community design: working with as opposed to in communities. In June 2015 we hosted the Association for Community Design’s national conference, drawing 150 attendees from 18 cities with 41 presenters representing 9 universities and 33 organizations. We’re always talking with our national neighbors as well as our next door neighbors in the heart of the Arts & Cultural District in downtown Richmond. Our doors are open to anyone in the city.
- Amid bike race, downtown’s retail trial run
- Local nonprofit design group lead by LGBTQs make impacts for Richmonders who need it most
- Studio Visit: Storefront for Community Design
For media inquiries, contact:
Ryan Rinn, Executive Director
The data below reflects Design Sessions from September 2013.