On July 2 at 2:00 p.m., John Kamp and James Rojas will be giving a talk on their recent book, Dream Play Build, and leading folks though a hands-on model-building workshop. The event will be held at the Rockridge Public Library in Oakland, California. All welcome.
On July 27, the Yuma County Public Health Services District will be hosting a training with James Rojas of Place It! and John Kamp of Prairieform. Kamp and Rojas will be leading participants in how to engage diverse audiences in urban planning, public health, and transportation. The training will run from 9:00 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please click below.
As part of the Exploratorium's After Dark series, John Kamp and James Rojas will be giving a talk on their new book, Dream Play Build, and creating an interactive pop-up model inviting everyone to rethink and build a post-pandemic Downtown San Francisco. All welcome.
A measured and thoughtful review of our new book, Dream Play Build: Hands-on community engagement for enduring spaces and places, in the Journal of American Planning.
Our zippy latest video for Habitat for Humanity on our hands-on community engagement work with the residents of the Washington Neighborhood of Long Beach.
John Kamp and James Rojas will be leading a talk at the California Land Recylcing Conference 2022 on engaging people through their hands and senses in the land and cities.
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, on April 21 @ 6:00 p.m. on the UC - Irvine Campus, SBSG1517. All welcome.
As part of this year's US Green Building Council Conference in Los Angeles, we will be building an interactive model called Zanja Figueroa. The model will include both the historic route of the Zanja Madre (the waterway that originally made LA possible) along with the existing streets that run through the present-day Figueroa Corridor. With small buildings and found objects provided, participants will be able to completely reimagine the space, designing their own creative ideas for how to bring both water and life back to the Corridor and bring it into the 21st century.
The Pomona Fairplex is in the midst of a total rethink. A site that is made up of almost 80% asphalt, the Fairplex is set to become a radically transformed space for the 21st century: public open space, habitat, housing, and, of course, the historic Fairplex itself. And this is where you come in: we will be leading a hands-on model building workshop with James Rojas on your creative ideas for a reimagined fairplex. To be held at the Miller Sheets Art Center within the Fairplex Grounds on May 19 at 11:00 a.m. Project created in collaboration with the Pomona Fairplex, Sheppard Mullin, and agency : artifact.
Prairieform's John Kamp will be speaking at the Bay Area Book Festival on how engaging people through their hands and senses can radically change outcomes in urban planning and lead to better cities for all. The panel also includes Majora Carter and Mitchell Schwarzer and will be moderated by Alexis Madrigal. In person, all welcome.
Our article in Planetizen on how engaging people through their hands and senses can radically quell and calm the political polarization that has become a hallmark of our times.
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.
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.
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.
On April 4 at 12:30 p.m., Prairieform's John Kamp and Place It!'s James Rojas will be leading an in-person talk at SF SPUR on their recent book, Dream Play Build: Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places. Following the short talk will be a hands-on model-building activity in which folks will build models of a post-pandemic downtown San Francisco. All welcome.
On March 15, the Planning School at Queen's University Belfast will be hosting a talk with Prairieform's John Kamp on his new book with James Rojas, Dream Play Build: Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places. Event will be held online, so all welcome. Click below to register.
On March 5, John Kamp and James Rojas will be leading an in-person hands-on model-building workshop in honor of the release of their new book out now on Island Press, Dream Play Build. Following the workshop will be a discussion of the book moderated by artist and architect Carol Mancke of the machinaloci space.
On March 2, America Walks 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. Click below to register.
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. Click below to register.
On February 8, Arizona State University's Global Institute on Sustainability and Innovation will be hosting a talk with Prairieform's John Kamp and Place It!'s 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. Click below to register.
On December 11 at 1:00 p.m., join us for a sensory-based walkabout along 63rd Street, which we will explore from end to end as it travels through Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville. One group will start at its eastern end and another will start at its western end. We will then walk toward the machinaloci space (1721 63rd Street), where we will converge for a site-exploration exercise and a model-building activity in which we will use found objects redesign 63rd Street.
As part of the LSECities Research Series, we will be co-leading a seminar with James Rojas on how we engage people through their hands and senses in landscape, urban planning, and design. The event will be virtual, so anyone anywhere can attend. November 18, 5:00 - 6:00 P.M. GMT.
Our book, Dream Play Build, co-written with James Rojas, will be coming out in February of 2022 through Island Press. The book explores the work we have done over the past 15 years on engaging people through their hands and senses in urban planning, landscape, transportation, and architecture.
Check out our newest video for the National Safe Routes Partnership on how you can engage people of all ages in creating more walkable and rollable routes to school. Called Maximum Walk and Roll, the video is a zippy and engaging ride.
As part of our ongoing work with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and the Washington Neighorhood of Long Beach, we will be prototyping a potential new plaza in real time and space on July 31 at 14th and Cedar in Long Beach. Bring your creative mind and get ready to build a plaza. We'll have trees, furniture, rugs, and other assorted elements for designing the plaza of your dreams. Project generously funded by the Southern California Association of Governments GoHuman grant.
We will be speaking with James Rojas at the upcoming landscape conference LABASH at Cornell University on engaging everyday folks in landscape and urban planning through their hands and senses. The event will include both an overview of our recent work and an interactive model-building activity in which people can experience first-hand the kinds of hands-on engagement work we do.
We'll be leading a workshop on March 25 how you can create beautiful and thriving landscapes and gardens without irrigation. It will build off of research and monitoring we have done for the past 10 years on the irrigation-free landscapes we've created. The workshop will be over Zoom, so anyone can join!
We will be co-leading a training with James Rojas of Place It! on hands-on ways of engaging youth, teachers, and everyday people in how to create streets that are safe and fun for walking and biking. We have also created a visually poppy companion guide and video to go along with the training.
Check out the virtual walking tour we created for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles as part of their new initiative of engaging everyday residents in urban planning and the shaping of their neighborhoods. Because of shelter-in-place restructions, we couldn't do an in-person tour, so instead we had folks go out into their neighborhood, explore the spaces and places they love, and take videos of themselves telling us why they love them. These videos then became the stopping points along a virtual video tour, which we all took online, and which we then followed with a model-building exercise in which people built their ideal Washington Neighborhood.
We will be leading a workshop on building and site design for irrigation-free landscapes for the AIA East Bay on November 5. The workshop will explore data collected from two irrigation-free landscapes we have done and what those data mean for how we design buildings and sites.
To find out, check out our article on Common Edge on what we found when we asked students at Soka University of America to build their favorite childhood memories and ideal cities.
Dubbed the #ButterflyRedux, this new landscape project serves as both an ornamental landscape and multi-pronged science and environmental psychology experiment. The US outpost for UK landscape writer Noel Kingsbury's ongoing research project on dense plantings called "Competition Time," the project doubles as an exploration into techniques for giving structure to habitat gardens so that humans perceive the spaces as intentional and not as weed beds.
A new Prairieform video exploring tips and tricks for making your landscape a haven for both you and the bees. As always, plucky delivery, choice landscape and wildlife shots, and bee-related trivia that will wow your friends and family. Along the way, you might even learn some Swedish. Men asså!
Together with the Great Sunflower Project's Trena Noval, we will be giving a talk at this year's Green California Schools Summit on innovative ways of making topics surrounding the land, water, and pollinators relevant to an increasingly diverse 21st-century student body.
We have written an article with Place It!'s James Rojas on our community-engagement work with the City of Palo Alto on rethinking shared bike/ped spaces. The article explores how non-traditional means of engagement can both build bridges and generate creative and meaningful ideas for and paths toward more sustainable cities.
Building off of our interactive workshop with Walk SF, James Rojas of Place It! and John Kamp of Prairieform have written an article for StreetsBlog SF exploring how engaging people through their hands and senses in transportation design and walkability can radically change outcomes for the better..
Along with Alta Planning's Beth Martin, we will be leading a hands-on workshop on how moving people away from merely talking about the kinds of transit systems they want to see and toward ways of rethinking transit by way of model-building with found objects can radically change outcomes in the process. Working with out hands can level the playing field, inviting diverse audiences into the process while also allowing for the kind of creative thinking we need to retrofit and build better transit systems and stations.
Together with Place It!'s James Rojas, and Jennifer Ly from the City of Long Beach, we will be giving a talk at this year's California APA Conference in Santa Barbara on the history of the American front yard and how it is changing because of both immigration and climate change. We will explore two key projects, Irrigation-Free Minnesota and Irrigation-Free Oakland, that have involved transforming front yards into ornamental landscapes that double as spaces for learning and data-collection on the actual water needs of plants.