Community-engaged planning creates space for people to participate in  decisions that influence the shape of the built environment 

 

planning & visioning Workshops

Public workshops are one of the most effective ways to engage the public on a development project or policy initiative in the community. Our workshops are carefully designed to generate the high rates of participation and robust data gathering and analysis. We carefully select activities that utilize popular education techniques to address a broad range of learning styles, education levels, language competencies, ages and disabilities to create an accessible and inclusive environment. Weather working on a long-term strategic vision or planning for a specific development already in the pipeline, our team designs workshops to meet the goals of the participants.

Bronx residents planning for a Community Reentry Center in their neighborhood.

Bronx residents planning for a Community Reentry Center in their neighborhood.

PARTICIPATORY mapping

Participatory mapping empowers residents to examine the built environment block by block.  While canvassing the the streets, teams photograph, record data and investigate physical conditions in the community. Mapping helps to identify resources and challenges and builds a sense of ownership and neighborhood pride. Participatory mapping is a powerful tool for planning for environmental justice, economic development, public space improvements and other kinds of community-based initiatives.

Residents of Carrefor Feuille, Port-au-Prince mapping their neighborhood following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti

Residents of Carrefor Feuille, Port-au-Prince mapping their neighborhood following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti

BUILT ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION

Average citizens often feel excluded from neighborhood planning, sometimes not aware of new development projects until they are already underway. Our built environment workshops break down complex topics like zoning, land use and infrastructure planning and introduce residents to resources and information they need to get involved in planning the future of their communities.

Port Richmond residents at a Zoning and Land Use workshop in their neighborhood.

Port Richmond residents at a Zoning and Land Use workshop in their neighborhood.

Public Space Design Initiatives

Mariposas Amarillas/Yellow Butterflies Mural in Port Richmond, Staten Island                  

Mariposas Amarillas/Yellow Butterflies Mural in Port Richmond, Staten Island