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RETHINKING THE POMONA FAIRPLEX: A POP-UP

In order to gather your creative ideas for a completely reimagined Pomona Fairplex and as part of the Fairplex Specific Plan, we will be creating an interactive pop-up model for display on May 7. You will be able to build your dream fairplex onto the models and help us move toward a Fairplex full of greenspace, life, and a lot les asphalt. The pop-up will be located inside the Miller Sheets Art Center. For more info, click HERE


BUILDING THE NATURE CITY, AT THE HELMS DESIGN CENTER

In honor of Earth Day, and as part of the Helms Design Center's Seeding the City event, we will be leading a sensory-based scavenger hunt and presenting an interactive pop-up model of the District called Building the Nature City. You will be able to collect sensory impressions of the nature that exists within the district and then come back to the model and build a Helms Bakery District with even more nature in it. For more info, click 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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