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

A Smart Growth Network Webinar
Friday, February 25, 2022 - 12:00pm EST

Resources discussed by the panelists

  • Collaborative, sensory-based community engagement for a more equitable bike/pedestrian environment 
  • South Colton livable corridor plan strategies for community resilience 
  • In Phoenix: a light rail station designed by and for people with disabilities 
  • To build the communities people really want: talk less, play more 

For two decades, James Rojas and John Kamp have been looking to art, creative expression, and storytelling to shake up the classic community meeting.

They joined the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network to share their insights into building common ground and inviting active participation among diverse groups. Their approach, “Place It!,” documented in their new book Dream Play Build, draws upon three methods: the interactive model-building workshop, the pop-up, and site exploration using the senses.

They offered their lessons learned distilled from workshops held around the world and provided a deep dive into the transformational approach and results from a community in southern California.