Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Workshops and forums


Advanced Flexibility in Design Workshop

April 22–24, 2014

This workshop provided the opportunity for transportation professionals to enhance their understanding, capabilities, and approaches in applying flexibility in design for more successful and cost-effective project development outcomes.


Forum on Integrating Context Sensitive Solutions in MnDOT Services and Programs

Feb. 27–28, 2012

This two-day forum explored challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for integrating CSS across the Minnesota Department of Transportation's departments and services. More about the forum.


A MnDOT Forum: Integrating Context Sensitive Solutions in Construction, Operations, and Maintenance

July 29, 2010

Advanced Flexibility in Design Workshop

May 5-7, 2010

Advanced Flexibility in Design Workshop was a 2½ -day workshop designed for transportation planners and engineers by the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. More about the forum.

Context Sensitive Solutions National Dialog

University of Minnesota, St. Paul
May-June 2010

The Dialog featured a series of one-day workshops held in various locations across the United States. Each workshop highlights CSS best practices, using transportation projects, plans, and programs to initiate discussion and interaction.

Design Excellence Through Context Sensitive Solutions

March 9-10, 2010

Sponsored by MnDOT and FHWA, this two-day workshop for transportation planners and engineers was designed to have participants learn how to integrate the principles of CSS into the exiting MnDOT project development process. More about the workshop.


Flexible Design for 21st Century Challenges: Balancing Competing Objectives and Optimizing Return on Investments Forum

Feb. 23-24, 2009

Sponsored by Mn/DOT, the forum was held to “jump start” and tailor a concerted Minnesota initiative to apply greater and more consistent flexibility in transportation planning, design development, and operations statewide. More about the forum.


Managing Effective Public Participation: Stop the Pain and Increase the Gain

Feb. 20-21, 2007

More about the workshop.


Midwest Region CSD&S Workshop: Overcoming Roadblocks to Project Excellence

Aug. 24–26, 2005

In public works, institutionalizing the Context Sensitive Design and Solutions (CSD&S) philosophy and principles continues to be a challenge. This workshop addressed tough questions and challenges from around the country as well as lessons learned and innovations to further excellence in transportation project development using CSD&S philosophy and principles. More about the workshop.


Context Sensitive Design for Local Governments Workshop

April 9, 2003

This workshop examined the principles of Context Sensitive Design, ways to be flexible with design standards, and ways to integrate design with a community. More about the workshop.


Inaugural Pilot Context Sensitive Design Workshop

May 8-10, 2000

The Executive Summary provides a succinct view of the issues explored in the May 2000 Context Sensitive Design workshop, and can serve as a good introduction to CSD principles and design practices.