What We Do


Rural Sustainability Research

At the CSTC, it is our belief that sustainable development can exist in small town Mississippi. Instead of lumping environmental concerns alongside societal and economical ones, the health and status of the town needs to be primarily evaluated using the latter two categories only.


Mississippi Economic Development Authority
Mississippi Bypass Guidelines


The CSTC proposed guidlines for highway bypasses of Mississippi which were intended to be used as a resource for elected officials, transportation agencies, community advocates and others interested in improving the quality of transportation infrastrucuture projects and how they relate to their respective communities.


Hearin Foundation
Design for Elected Officials Seminar

Feb 2006 & Mar 2008

A yearly seminar, the Design for Elected Official’s Seminar urges local elected officials to promote good design within their communities.

Placemakers Competition
Spring 2007 & 2008

For the past two years, the CSTC has sponsored the Placemakers Competition within the School of Architecture, promoting students to redesign outdoor gathering spaces.

U.S. Department of Energy
Exploring Contemporary Suburbia in Mississippi


From a grant for the U.S. Department of Energy, the CSTC is researching and documenting suburban development within the state and developing an outreach and advertising campaign about its impacts.

National Endowment for the Arts
Mayor’s Institute on City Design: South

Fall 2008

CSTC hosted the MICD: South session, where mayors engage leading design experts to find solutions to the most critical urban design challenges facing their cities.