Imagining A Sustainable Downtown through a Model Building Excercise

As part of Downtown’s LA Open House, James Rojas will create a sustainable model for downtown LA.  Imagining
Downtown is a weekend long interactive public project inviting
participants to imagine, and develop innovative land use and
transportation elements in a model form based on their personal
experiences. Participants will be provided with a medley of recycled  materials,
and invited to create their ideal urban form on an oversized plat of
Downtown LA.

This City-building event allows participants to think of
planning goals in physical terms and understand the diverse voices in
planning. Playing and visualizing with the 3-dimensional forms engages
people of all ages and ethnic groups. This model will be constantly
changing through the weekend as participants’ work builds upon the
contributions of everyone.

Participants will be able to understand the
city as not only a place but as comprehensive urban art form.


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

(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 […]

Re-Imagining Chinatown Exhibit Opens Downtown

(Longtime readers will remember that Streetsblog has covered many of James Rojas’ efforts to explain planning and get people to use their imagination when thinking about the future of transportation.  In the past, we’ve covered a fraction of Rojas’ interactive planning  workshops "Pushing Planning Boundaries in Santa Monica," "A Future without Cars,"and "the Interactive Downtown […]

The Art of City Building through Civic Engagement

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 […]

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 […]

Site LA Hosts Workshop on Future of Transportation

An Urban Planner of the Future Explains the Virtue of Density Last night Site LA  hosted a workshop where invitees were invited to plan for the ideal city of the future.  Attendees were encouraged not to think in terms of what is practicable but to assume that they had a magic wand and could just […]