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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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 […]

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.  […]

L.A.’s Urban Future: More Places Where I Want to Sit

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I sometimes dream about a different Los Angeles; not the sprawling congested city, but an L.A. that is a series of walkable villages, like for example Santa Monica. They would be full of life and economic vitality, with corner stores, markets, coffee shops, plazas and parks. And they would all be connected by rail lines; streetcars that can whisk us away […]

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 […]

Pushing Planning Boundries in Santa Monica with James Rojas

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(editor’s note: This story is written by James Rojas, who’s sustainable transportation models have been featured here at least three times in the past.  His most recent model, one of a Santa Monica geared towards cyclists and pedestrians, can be viewed at the 18th Street Art Gallery in Santa Monica until March 27 as part […]

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 […]