sustainable community development and problem-solving through holistic design and planning

Design Education

Innovative Design Courses

The Design Institute is involved in programs at the elementary school through university level. VDI created “Footprints toward Sustainbility” and “Design is Elementary” programs for school children and teaches service-learning studio courses at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA.

Design Workshops and Conferences

The focus of workshops and conferences is to offer design-thinking and problem-solving as a community building tool to lay-practitioners and municipal leaders. VDI offers workshops on community design and planning, ecological design and restoration, transportation planning for people, historic preservation and land conservation. VDI has facilitated several design conferences including the international Sustainable Communities 2004 conference and the State of Vermont Smart Growth conference in 1993.