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2023


DREAM PLAY BUILD BOOK TALK AND HANDS-ON WORKSHOP AT UCLA

On June 11 at 3:30 p.m., we will be leading a book talk and hands-on model-building workshop at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. All current UCLA Luskin students and alumni are welcome to attend. To RSVP, click HERE.


HANDS-ON WORKSHOP ON SEATTLE'S EAST SIDE

On May 3 at 3:00 p.m., James Rojas of Place It! and John Kamp of Prairieform will be leading a hands-on workshop hosted by Eastside for All that involves community members and government officials alike in dreaming up and building a better eastside for all. Please email Eastside for All for details. For contact info, click HERE.


TRACKS TO BUILD TO: CO-CREATING A MUSIC CITY FOR ALL @ SXSW 2023

We will be co-leading a hands-on model-building workshop and DJ event at this year's South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX, that builds off of our previous event at the Exploratorium that merged sound, video, and model-building. Event open to the public. March 14, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Event sponsored by VibeLab. Further details HERE.


DREAM PLAY BUILD TALK AND WORKSHOP AT PYATOK ARCHITECTS

We will be leading a book talk on Dream Play Build and a hands-on model building workshop at Pyatok Architects in Oakland on February 2 at 4:30 p.m.


CREATING HEALTHY SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES: ENGAGING DIVERSE AUDIENCES IN BETTER STREETS FOR WALKING AND ROLLING

We will be giving a talk for the New York State Deprtment of Health on how we engage diverse audiences through their hands and senses in creating better streets for walking and rolling. The talk will be held on January 24 at 2:20 EST. Online event.


YOLO COUNTY AND ALAMEDA COUNTY SAFE ROUTES

We have been selected to lead the hands-on community engagement for Yolo County's update of their transportation plan and for improving safe routes to school for the Alameda County Transportation Commission. Details on events you can participate in are forthcoming. Projects led in collaboration with Alta Planning and Fehr & Peers


POP-UP MODEL AT THE CHEECH

As part of the closing fesitvities for the de la Torre Brothers' Cheech Museum exhibition Collidoscope, we will be building an interactive pop-up model of downtown Riverside. Through the model, you will be able to build the downtown Riverside of your dreams. The event will be held on Sunday, January 15 at the Cheech and will coincide with guided tours of Collidoscope led by the de la Torre Brothers themselves. For more info, click HERE.


2022


DREAM PLAY BUILD NAMED ONE OF THE BEST URBAN PLANNING BOOKS OF 2022 BY PLANETIZEN

Yes, Dream Play Build has made the cut in Planetizen's annual line-up up of must-read planning and urban design books of the year. You may read the review and see the full list HERE.


HANDS-ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TRAINING AT MSR DESIGN

We will be giving a training on hands-on methods of community engagement for landscape and archicture projects at MSR Design in Minneapolis on December 21.


HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS ON MORE WALKABLE, ROLLABLE STREETS IN GILROY

On December 8, we will be leading two hands-on model-building workshops - one in English and one in Spanish - on how to create more walkable and rollable streets in Gilroy. The first workshop, in English, will be begin at 5:00. The second, in Spanish, will begin at 6:30. Both will be held at the Neon Exchange. All welcome.


DREAM PLAY BUILD BOOK TALK AND WORKSHOP AT RIOS

We will be giving a book talk on Dream Play Build and a hands-on model-building workshop at RIOS in Los Angeles on December 1.


TRACKS TO BUILD TO: MARKET STREET

As part of the Exploratorium After Dark series, we will be installing an interactive model of Market Street on July 21 that will be set to a live DJ set of house and techno and that will be tied all together by way of video your hands can participate in. For more info, click HERE


DREAM PLAY BUILD: TRAINING ON HANDS-ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

On July 27, we will be leading a training in Yuma, AZ, on how you can weave some of the Place It! methods into your own work. Sponsored by the Yuma County Public Health Services District. To RSVP, please send an email to Suzanne Cooper at Suzanne.Cooper@yumacountyaz.gov.


DREAM PLAY BUILD REVIEWED IN THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN PLANNING

In their most recent issue, the Journal of American PLanning has given a thoughtful, nuanced review of Dream Play Build. Read full review HERE


OUR ARTICLE IN FAST COMPANY

Fast Company has featured an excerpt from our book, Dream Play Build, that explores how community engagement needs to be radically rethought so that the central media of engagement are the hands and senses, not talking. Read article HERE


TALK AND DISCUSSION ON DREAM PLAY BUILD AT THE HELMS DESIGN CENTER

John Kamp and James Rojas will be leading a presentation on their hands-on and sensory-based engagement and design work, and on their recent book, Dream Play Build, at the Helms Design Center on April 21 @ 6:30 p.m. All welcome. Panel discussion moderated by Frances Anderton. For more details, click HERE


DREAM PLAY BUILD AT SAN FRANCISCO SPUR

We will be leading a workshop and book talk on Dream Play Build at San Francisco Spur on April 4. The event will be in-person. All welcome. For more details, click HERE


POP-UP WORKSHOP AT THE ALHAMBRA FARMERS' MARKET

On March 13, we will be hosting a pop-up model-building workshop at the Alhambra Farmers' Market. Mayor Jeff Maloney and Councilmember Sasha Renee Perez will be co-hosting the event.


DREAM PLAY BUILD WEBINAR WITH THE SMART GROWTH NETWORK

On February 25, the Smart Growth Network will be hosting a talk with Prairieform's John Kamp and Place It!'s James Rojas on their newly released book for Island Press, Dream Play Build: Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places. All welcome. To register, click HERE.


DREAM PLAY BUILD AT ASU

On February 8, Arizona State University's Global Institute on Sustainability and Innovation will be hosting a talk with John Kamp and James Rojas on their upcoming book for Island Press, Dream Play Build: Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places. The talk will be moderated by Deirdre Pfeiffer, associate professor in the ASU School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. All welcome. To register, click HERE.


63RD STREET WALKABOUT

Join us for a sensory-based walkabout on December 11 at 1:00 p.m. that will begin at either end of 63rd Street. One group will start in Rockridge at the intersection of College Ave and 63rd; annother group will start in Emeryville on 63rd on the east side of the AMTRAK tracks. We will then converge at machinaloci space (1721 63rd Street, at Adeline) for a hands-on, interactive neighborhood re-imagining workshop based on memory and experiences. To register, click HERE


LSE CITIES SEMINAR

As part of the LSE Cities research series, we will be speaking on how engaging people with their hands and senses in urban planning, landscape, and transportation, can radically change outcomes. The seminar will be held over Zoom on Thursday, November 18 at 5:00 GMT. To register, click HERE.


PLACE IT! BOOK BY ISLAND PRESS OUT IN FEBRUARY OF 2022!

Called DREAM, PLAY, BUILD, it can be pre-ordered HERE!


MAXIMUM WALK AND ROLL VIDEO

As part of our series of training and engagement media for the Safe Routes Partnership, we have created a video, Maximum Walk and Roll, on how you can engage kids with their hands and senses in being their own urban designers for more walkable, rollable streets. Watch the video HERE.


PHOTOS FROM OUR POP-UP ON CLIMATE RESILENCY IN RIALTO

Check out the photos from our pop-up model on climate resiliency we created as part of our ongoing outreach for the City of Rialto's Climate Adaptation Plan. This has been our first in-person event since the new CDC guidelines were issued on vaccinations and public gatherings, and it was a thrill to be back out there. See photos HERE.


A VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

As part of our collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and empowering residents to be their own urban planners, we have created a virtual walking tour along with the residents of the Washington Neighborhood of Long Beach. You may watch the series of videos HERE.


IN THE NEWS

Check out this wonderful clip on James Rojas and his community-engagement and model-building work put together by ABC 7. Watch HERE.


ARTICLE: PEOPLE'S FONDEST MEMORIES RARELY INVOLVE SCREENS

Read article on Common Edge HERE.


SOUTH COLTON LATINO URBAN DESIGN GUIDELINES

See the urban design results of our year-long series of community engagement events in South Colton with Dudek and the City of Colton HERE.


ARTICLE: THE CHIANO MORATORIUM AND THE MAKING OF LATINO URBANISM

Read article on Common Edge HERE.


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