John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! will be leading a talk and workshop on Dream Play Build at the Rockridge Public Library in Oakland, California.

DREAM PLAY BUILD BOOK TALK AND WORKSHOP

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! will be leading a training on hands-on community engagement methods in Yuma, Arizona.

HANDS-ON COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TRAINING

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! will be giving a talk on their new book, Dream Play Build, and creating an interactive pop-up model for the Exploratorium's After Dark series.

EXPLORATORIUM AFTER DARK: BUILD

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.

Our latest video for Habitat for Humanity on our hands-on community engagement work with the residents of the Washington Neighborhood of Long Beach.

OUR NEW VIDEO FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER LOS ANGELES

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 of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! will be leading a talk at the California Land Recylcing Conference on engaging people through their hands and senses in the land and cities.

SPEAKING AT THE CALIFORNIA LAND RECYCLING CONFERENCE

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 of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! will be leading a talk and workshop on Dream Play Build at UC - Irvine.

DREAM PLAY BUILD AT UC - IRVINE

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! will be building a pop-up model at the Helms Bakery District called Building the Nature City.

POP-UP MODEL AT THE GREEN BUILDING CONFERENCE IN LOS ANGELES

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! be leading a hands-on model-building workshop on rethinking the Pomona Fairplex Grounds.

REIMAGINING THE POMONA FAIRPLEX

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform will be speaking about radical new ways of doing community engagement for better cities.

SPEAKING AT THE BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! have written an article for Planetizen on how engaging people through their hands and senses can radically quell the political polarization that has become a hallmark of our times.

WANT LESS POLARIZATION? STOP TALKING AND START BUILDING

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! will be building a pop-up model at the Helms Bakery District called Building the Nature City.

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! will be leading a talk and workshop on Dream Play Build at the Helms Bakery District as part of the Cal-Poly Metro's ongoing lecture series.

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.

Fast Company has featured an excerpt from Kamp and Rojas's Dream Play Build about how community engagement needs to shift towards engaging people through their hands and senses.

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! will be leading a talk and workshop at San Francisco SPUR on April 4 at 12:30 p.m.

DREAM PLAY BUILD AT SAN FRANCISCO SPUR

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform will be giving a webinar on Dream Play Build for Queen's University Belfast.

JOHN KAMP GIVING TALK ON DREAM PLAY BUILD FOR QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

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.

John Kamp and James Rojas will be leading a workshop and discussion on Dream Play Build at the Machinaloci space in South Berkeley. Event moderated by Carol Mancke.

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP AND BOOK TALK ON DREAM PLAY BUILD AT THE MACHINALOCI SPACE

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! give a webinar on Dream Play Build for America Walks.

DREAM PLAY BUILD WEBINAR WITH AMERICA WALKS

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! give a webinar on Dream Play Build for the Smart Growth Network.

DREAM PLAY BUILD WEBINAR FOR 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. Click below to register.

John Kamp of Prairieform and James Rojas of Place It! give a talk at ASU's Global Institute for Sustainability and Innovation.

DREAM PLAY BUILD AT ASU

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.

John Kamp of Prairieform leading a hands-on workshop at SF SPUR on designing your ideal Bay Area transportation system.

63rd STREET WALKABOUT

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.

Flyer for an upcoming London School of Economics Cities Seminar featuring John Kamp and James Rojas talking about their hands-on engagement work.

LSE CITIES SEMINAR

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.

The cover of the new book by John Kamp and James Rojas, Dream Play Build, published by Island Press.

PRE-ORDER DREAM PLAY BUILD!

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.

Still from the video Maximum Walk and Roll by John Kamp of Prairieform.

MAXIMUM WALK AND ROLL VIDEO

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.

Sign from a pop-up plaza prototyping event in North Long Beach led by Prairieform's John Kamp and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.

PLAZA PROTOTYPING EVENT

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.

Flyer for talk James Rojas and John Kamp are giving at the LA Bash conference at Cornell University on engaging people through their hands and senses in landscape and urban design.

SPEAKING AT LABASH AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY

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.

Photo of the irrigation-free landscape Oakland, created by John Kamp of Prairieform.

CREATING SWOON-WORTHY LANDSCAPES WITHOUT IRRIGATION

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!

Photo of a diverse group of kids walking and rolling to school.

HANDS-ON SAFE ROUTES

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.

Film still for a virtual walking tour created by John Kamp in collaboration with the residents of the Washington Neighborhood of North Long Beach, Place It!, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.

A VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR

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.

Flyer for a workshop led by John Kamp of Prairieform and sponsored by the AIA East Bay on site and building design for irrigation-free landscapes.

BUILDING AND SITE DESIGN FOR IRRIGATION-FREE LANDSCAPES

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.

Students at Soka University building a model of their ideal community.

ARE OUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF SCREENS?

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.

Grid diagram of geocoded plants growing within the Butterfly Redux landscape by John Kamp of Prairieform.

BUTTERFLY REDUX

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.

Film still of John Kamp of Prairieform in the new video Bringing in the Bees.

BRINGING IN THE BEES

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!

Students exploring pollinators and pollinator plants.

SPEAKING AT THE 2019 GREEN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS SUMMIT

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.

A pop-up model by John Kamp and James Rojas that allowed people to redesign the California Avenue Bike/Ped underpass in Palo Alto, California.

CREATING BETTER AND SHARED BIKE/PED SPACES THROUGH OUR HANDS AND SENSES

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.

Staffers at Walk SF building their ideal walkable and bikable San Francisco. Workshop led by James Rojas and John Kamp.

WINDMILLS ON MARKET: DOING MORE MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ON WALKABILITY AND TRANSPORTATION

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..

John Kamp of Prairieform leading a hands-on workshop at SF SPUR on designing your ideal Bay Area transportation system.

LEADING HANDS-ON TRANSIT-DESIGN WORKSHOP AT SPUR TRANSIT + DESIGN CONFERENCE

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.

Photo montage of various forms of the American front yard.

APA CONFERENCE WORKSHOP ON THE RETHINKING THE AMERICAN FRONT YARD

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.