Idealistic Period

The history of community design can be broken up into three eras: the Idealistic Period, the Pragmatic Period, and the Academic Period. The first two were coined by architect Mary Comerio in her 1984 journal article, ‘Community Design Idealism.’ The Idealistic Period was between 1963 to 1975 when community design centers focused on big picture issues that tried to live up to the ideals of the Civil Rights movement.