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Dream Play Build: Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places

Dream Play Build: Hands-On Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Rojas, James
By Kamp, John

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  • Pub Date
    30 Sep 22

The room is dim, the chairs are in perfectly lined rows. The city planner puts up a color-coded diagram of the street improvement project, dreading the inevitable angry responses. Jana loves her community and is glad to be able to attend the evening meeting, and she has a lot of ...ideas for community change. But she has a hard time hearing, and can't see the diagrams clearly. She leaves early. It's time to imagine a different type of community engagement - one that inspires connection, creativity, and fun. People love their communities and want them to become safer, healthier, more prosperous places. But the standard approach to public meetings somehow makes everyone miserable. Conversations that should be inspiring can become shouting matches. So what would it look like to facilitate truly meaningful discussions between citizens and planners? What if they could be fun? For twenty years, James Rojas and John Kamp have been looking to art, creative expression, and storytelling to shake up the classic community meeting. In Dream Play Build, they share their insights into building common ground and inviting active participation among diverse groups. Their approach, Place It!, draws on three methods: the interactive model-building workshop, the pop-up, and site exploration using our senses. Using our hands to build and create is central to what makes us human, helping spark ideas without relying on words to communicate. Deceptively playful, this method is remarkably effective at teasing out community dreams and desires from hands-on activities. Dream Play Build offers wisdom distilled from workshops held around the world, and a deep dive into the transformational approach and results from the South Colton community in southern California. While much of the process was developed through in-person meetings, the book also translates the experience to online engagement--how to make people remember their connections beyond the computer screen. Inspirational and fun, Dream Play Build celebrates the value of engaging with the dreams we have for our communities. Readers will find themselves weaving these artful, playful lessons and methods into their own efforts for making change within the landscape around them.
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ISBN 9781642831498
Released NZ 30 Sep 2022
Publisher Island Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Available for pre-order, ships once released

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ISBN-13 9781642831498
Stock Release date is 30 September 2022
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Island Press
Imprint Island Press
Released 30 Sep 2022
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Rojas, James
By Kamp, John
Category Architecture
Architectural Structure & Design
City & Town Planning - Architectural Aspects
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code 307.14
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Community development, Public meetings, Community organization, Political participation, Public spaces
NBS Text Architecture
ONIX Text General/trade