Farmlab Public Salon: 3-D, Participatory City Building Workshop

James Rojas, Simon Pashuca & Georgia Sheridan will be leading the city building workshop.  Using a medley of recycled materials, participants will be introduced to an innovated way to understand urban design and planning process. Participants will run through an exercise that uses 3-dimentional forms to discuss land use and urban design and planning. Urban design and planning is a multidisciplinary process involving everyone. The model building exercise allows participants to think of their planning goals in physical terms. It also shows participants how difficult it is to build the "ideal city" even when given a clean slate.

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The Art of City Building through Civic Engagement

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I am installing an interactive public project inviting participants to develop and envision public and civic amenities in a 3-dimensional model form. Participants will be provided with a medley of recycled materials and invited to create their ideal urban form on an oversized urban plot of streets, parcels and parks. This City-building installation allows participants […]

Place It! w/James Rojas in Downtown Los Angeles

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 Let your imaginations run wild, while problem-solving, planning, designing, cooperating, and collaborating to build a 3-D interactive map/model of a city of your dreams in this critically-acclaimed workshop with MIT-graduate and city planner James Rojas! Rojas will discuss key elements of the logistics, creativity, empathy and design used in shaping how we live using colorful […]

Workshop Notes from “L.A. 2050” Event at Occidental College

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(Last week before a question and answer session with L.A. City Planning Director Michael LoGrande, James Rojas led attendees through an interactive modeling program.  The theme of this program was to envision Los Angeles in 2050.  Rojas shares his notes with us below.  If you’re not familiar with Rojas’ modeling projects, check out this video […]

A Smashing Success: Pasadena’s Streets and Sidewalks in the Hands of the People

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Last night’s event, “Planning the Future of Our Streets” was a smashing success.  Over 100 people packed the Crenshaw Family Forum for a symposium and interactive planning session.  Our thanks go to all the presenters, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, James Rojas, Mayor Bill Bogaard, Mark Gangi, Linda Immediato, Felicia Williams, and Erlinda Romo, the staff of KPCC […]

Urban Planning in a Tijuana Colonia

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On August 5th and 6th I facilitated a high-energy, successful community visioning activity for Camino Verde, a colonia in Tijuana organized by Reacciona Tijuana. This project started as a collaboration between Giacomo Castagnola, architect/artist and myself as part of an urban planning art exhibition being organized in October for the Museum of Latin American Art. I wanted […]

James Rojas on a Future Without Cars

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When Rojas Speaks, People Build Urban Models (Editor’s Note: On November 7, Antioch University hosted a forum entitled "A Future Without Cars."  Professors, urban planners, and bike activists all spoke about how Los Angeles deserves a car-free future.  Urban planner, Metro staffer and leader of the Latino Urban Forum led a workshop on pedestrian planning.  […]