Place It! Workshop

A week or so ago, one of my coworkers gave me her ticket to attend an American Planning Association event with James Rojas, the founder of Place It! Place It! is a design and participation based urban planning firm that uses model-based workshops and on-site interactive models to help engage the public in community development. He has used toys as tools to empower immigrants in Los Angeles to share their ideas about how the neighborhood should be designed. The concept was simple, yet profound. We used toys to share our favorite memory from childhood and then we worked in groups to address a conceptual problem.

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James Rojas – Place It! Founder
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Pile of toys for us to play with!
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This group worked on tackling economic development. Their solution was automated robots.
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This group dealt with mobility, they created zip lines to connect businesses and homes, as a way of transporting people through the air.
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My group tackled sustainability. We made an urban city based on Singapore, it had water recycling, wind mills for energy, compost which went to the large farms, rooftop gardens, and people lived next to the river, so they had easy access to water. It was paradise.