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 to think of planning goals in physical terms, creating a platform for diverse voices. Playing and visualizing with the 3-dimensional forms engages children and adults of all ages. This model will be constantly changing as participants’ work builds upon the contributions of everyone. Participants will be able to understand the city as not only a place but as a comprehensive urban art form. The purpose of City-building is to use interactive arts to help people think about urban design and planning. It shows participants the challenges and excitement of building through a multidisciplinary process involving everyone.


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 […]

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 […]

NoHo Art Scene: With an Interactive Model Building

Develop an imaginary "Little NoHo" of parks, bridges, bike paths, plazas, streetcar lines, public art or anything you can imagine using recycled materials! The "Little NoHo" art installation, brought to you by the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles and well-known Los Angeles urban planner James Rojas, is an interactive art project […]

Pushing Planning Boundries in Santa Monica with James Rojas

(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 […]

Sustainable Sundays at the Natural History Museum

Local urban planner/community activist James Rojas is Building Sustainable L.A! His interactive urban planning art project allows participants to reinvasion a green LA by using a medley of found objects.  Participants are invited to place these objects on a plot plan of the city and become part of the constantly changing urban environment.  This project […]