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Tri-Faith Commons: A Case Study in Community Engagement

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Live course date: 02/15/2024 | 02:00 PM

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Tri-Faith Commons is an award-winning international model for interfaith learning, collaboration, and community-building. This unique project brings together a synagogue, church, mosque, and interfaith center on a 38-acre campus in Omaha, Nebraska. Using Countryside Community Church—the most recent architectural addition to Tri-Faith Commons—as a case study, discover how these diverse communities worked with the design team to find common ground to create a built space that unites populations that have been traditionally perceived to be in conflict. Through a conversation with Executive Director Wendy Goldberg, explore how the project evolved to create four distinct spaces that coexist within an intentionally-planned landscape.  

This course is geared toward a general knowledge audience but may be of particular interest to architects working with worshipping congregations or other forms of community-engaged design practices. 

Presented in collaboration with Interfaith Design Knowledge Community.

Live course expires 2/15/2024

Learning Objectives


Describe the value and benefits of community engagement in the design process. 


Discuss how community spaces can serve as a means of encouraging social interaction between distinct communities. 


Using Tri-Faith Commons as a case study, describe methods of engaging diverse communities to design built spaces that serve a variety of needs while still honoring and respecting the distinct needs and traditions of each population. 


Describe the role that landscape design plays as a connective tissue between the different congregations and how landscape can be a thoughtful inclusion in designing community spaces