October 25, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Urban Planner James Rojas is back in NYC, and he'll be hosting us for another Place It! interactive workshop, after presenting an urban model and conducting workshops at the NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) conference this week. Using found objects and our imaginations, we'll re-envision a public space and explore how it can be improved.
About Place It!
Place It! is a design-based urban planning initiative developed by James Rojas that uses model-building workshops and on-site interactive models to help engage the public in the planning and design process. Using found and recycled objects that Rojas has himself been collecting ever since he can remember, participants are able to translate conceptual planning ideas into physical forms, and learn about the value of planning and design in shaping how we live.
You do not need to have any specific design or planning skills/background. In fact, Rojas travels the country to host workshops anywhere and everywhere, and draws participants of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life to build impromptu, collaborative models of a dream city. His goal is to create environments that elicit ordinary people’s ideas and solutions to urban problems. Just bring an open mind and a creative spirit!
Rojas' interactive planning models have traveled the world from a small town in Florida to the Metropolitan Transit Authority to the United Nations' World Urban Forum in Brazil.
When & Where
Thursday, October 25th @ 6:30pm
Municipal Art Society of New York, 111 W. 57th Street (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
About James Rojas
James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist and artist. He holds an MA in City Planning and an MS in Architecture Studies from MIT. He works as a city and transportation planner, and is the founder of the Latino Urban Forum, a non-profit dedicated to increasing awareness of planning and design issues facing low-income Latinos. He is one of the few nationally recognized urban planners to examine U.S. Latino cultural influences on urban planning/design. He developed Place It! as a tool for “interactive planning" - to engage children and underserved communities in the planning process by breaking down the planning process into simple terms and helping participants translate conceptual planning ideas into physical forms. He has organized an impressive number of on-site model installations and interactive workshops.