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New Logo. New Focus. Same History. Same Values.


New Logo.

For over six decades C-3 San Diego has been engaging San Diego's most influential cultural creatives in the question: "How do we create cities fit to live in?"  Since that time, in part due to C-3 San Diego leadership in education, advocacy, and empowerment, a plethora of organizations have developed throughout San Diego County. These organizations specifically focus on promoting progressive values in architecture, urban design, land-use governance, natural resource management, sustainable economic development, climate change resilience, and social justice.  As the field of allies has grown, C-3 San Diego's role has evolved to provide a platform that promotes creating civic community.

New Focus.

Published in 1974, Temporary Paradise promotes the idea that livable communities live in landscapes. The report urges thought leaders to mindfully steward six unique ecosystem habitats that make up the Region. C-3 San Diego's new Knowledge to Action Networks serve as engaged learning platforms promoting coordination, collaboration, and communication within and among existing networks by bringing together organizations and individuals to share information, deepen understanding, and inspire action

Same History.

C-3 San Diego has served as much more than an advocacy organization for proactive planning, good design and citizen engagement - it's also a community.  In founding C-3 over 60 years ago, architect Lloyd Ruocco's vision was to bring together our region's most creative minds from the arts, sciences, academia, and government to share ideas, learn new perspectives, and build fellowship around the idea of creating livable communities. 

Same Values.

Since 1961, C-3 San Diego's has become far more than the sum of its accomplishments. It's a value system. Represented by scores of volunteers and thousands of small actions that define how we create livable cities. Build beautiful, promote urban design, integrate natural resources, require rational redevelopment, seek sustainability, and plan in place. Promoting key livability factors such as beautiful, scalable, integrated, ready, just, and prosperous.

Knowledge to Action Networks

C-3's Knowledge Action Networks (KANs) bring together local thought leaders from planning, design, policy, academia, community development, and more to discuss our region’s distinctive and pressing land use challenges.


Creating Civic Community (C-3) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to education and advocacy on issues of policy, planning, and design throughout the San Diego region. Federal Tax ID: 95-2593199


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San Diego, CA 92101


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