CSBR College of Design


Design for Community Resilience

Design for Community Resilience is a service offered by the Center for Sustainable Building Research that seeks to transform civic challenges into sustainable opportunities through design assistance. At a time of constrained resources, design can creatively cross boundaries and leverage untapped opportunities to not only solve the problem at hand but also make a community or organization more resilient in terms of the future.

Working with communities, local governments, non-profits and other organizations research staff from CSBR engage students from the College of Design to address pressing problems while turning them into opportunities to make sustainable decisions for the community/organization’s and the planet’s future.

Our guiding principles for this work are:

  • Integrated solutions that address a variety of issues and scales based in the state-of-the art sustainability research
  • Holistic and dynamic problem solving
  • Broad based definition of sustainability that includes economic, social and environmental dimensions
  • Grassroots, user-focused approach
  • Working within our clients economic constraints
  • An approach that goes from big picture to carefully addressing the details

If you would like more information or are interested to discuss if this service is a good fit for your project, please contact Virajita Singh at singh023@umn.edu or 612 625 3447.

Baudette Depot Preservation

The Baudette Depot Preservation Project was intended to transform the Baudette Train Depot from its current state into a vibrant, beautiful place that will invite use by the local community as well as visitors to Baudette.

Kabetogama Community Center Design Assistance

Design assistance for a rural community center, and development of a sustainable design protocol for other rural communities.

Hennepin County Energy Recovery Center (HERC) Sustainable Design

This project involved conducting research for HERC Sustainable Design Projects.

Archived Projects

Duluth Farmers Market Green Design Assistance

DNR Building Evaluation and Design Assistance Project

CSBR - Center for Sustainable Building Research:
1425 University Avenue SE, Suite 115
Minneapolis, MN 55455
voice: 612.626.2737
fax: 612.626.7424