the Neighborhood Design Center


NDC-designed publications, action guides, and recommended reading to help YOU make the neighborhood yours.

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NDC Publications

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The Design For Distancing Ideas Guidebook

At the onset of COVID-19, the Neighborhood Design Center turned to designers to seek out proposals for helping businesses reopen safely, asking: How might we quickly activate public spaces to support safe, physically distant gathering and the reopening of local businesses? The Ideas Guidebook (2020) features specs from ten designs that transform public space into safe solutions. The guide includes building resources, health guidelines, and more. See the Design For Distancing website here and NDC case study here.

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Signal Station North Lighting Guidebook

After two years of community listening, analysis, and design, we compiled our findings and recommendations for bringing creative, collaborative light to Station North — and beyond! This Guidebook (2021) contains practical tools, a critical history, and inspiration for neighborhood light projects. Learn more here.

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The Blueprint

The Blueprint (2018) is a roadmap of the NDC process for meaningful community engagement. It includes a collection of practices and principles to illustrate our approach to collaborative community design.

Front and Center: A 5-Year Equity Plan for Central Baltimore

As design consultant, NDC helped develop The Front and Center Plan (2017), which will improve access to economic and social opportunity in six Central Baltimore neighborhoods.

Reclaiming Public Spaces: The case for the built environment as a restorative tool in neighborhoods with high levels of community violence

Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Community Psychology, this research article (2021) investigates the profound impact that green spaces, playgrounds, and other community-level interventions have on our health.

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Annual Report

An inspiring look at what we accomplished in fiscal year 2019.

Action Guides

Project Pages

Reading on Place-Based and Built-Environment Based Racial Oppression

Redlining and Investment Deprivation

Segregation, Gentrification and Policing

Anti-Racism Resources

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