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Place It! Interactive Model-Building Workshop w/ James Rojas

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And now for something a little different and hands-on: an interactive model-building workshop with Place It! ( founder James Rojas - a nationally recognized urban planner, community activist and artist.

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

Tuesday, July 24th @ 6:30pm

Tompkins Square Park

* At about 8:00pm we'll move on from the park to Bua Bar, just a block away. Address is 122 St Marks Place
(between 1st Ave & Avenue A).

About James Rojas 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.

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