Rural Sustainability Research
At the Carl Small Town Center, 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 Bypass Guidelines
The Small Town Center proposed design guidelines for Mississippi’s highway bypasses 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 infrastructure projects and how they relate to their respective communities.
Design for Public Officials Seminar
Funded by the Hearin Foundation, the Carl Small Town Center’s Design for Public Officials Seminar urges local elected officials to promote good design within their communities. Past speakers have included architects, city planners, landscape architects and others who value sustainable community design.
In 2007 and 2008, the Small Town Center sponsored the Placemakers Competition within the MSU School of Architecture, prompting students to re-think and re-design outdoor gathering spaces in Mississippi’s small towns.
Exploring Contemporary Suburbia in Mississippi
From a grant for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Carl Small Town Center researched and documented suburban development within Mississippi and developed an outreach and advertising campaign to promote its impacts.
Mayor’s Institute on City Design: South
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Small Town Center hosted the Mayor’s Institute on City Design: South, where mayors engaged leading design experts to find solutions to the most critical urban design challenges facing their cities.