POSTPONED: RUD – Regional and Urban Design: Walking While Latino
This event has been postponed!
Through DIY or rasquache interventions based on memory, need, and aspirations, many Latinos transform streets into spaces for pedestrians, social cohesion, and cultural expression. Latinos use their imagination, resources at hand, and the visual, spatial and sensory landscape to enhance walking, biking and using public transit. This presentation will be followed by an open forum on Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood and others around the US.
This event will be co-hosted with The American Planning Association California Chapter Northern Diversity Committee
About the Presenters:
James Rojas is an urban planner and artist. He is one of the few nationally recognized urban planners to examine U.S. Latino cultural influences on urban design. He holds a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science of Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His influential thesis on the Latino built environment has been widely cited.
Mr. Rojas founded the Latino Urban Forum (LUF), a volunteer advocacy group, dedicated to understanding and improving the built environment of Los Angeles’ Latino communities.
Mr. Rojas developed a new method of community engagement that uses art as way to facilitate urban planning meetings that targets youth, immigrants, and women. It has been highly successful and replicated. He has facilitate over 1000 interactive workshops and created over 150 interactive urban diorama across the country. He has collaborated with municipalities, non-profits, heath and educational institutions, museums and galleries to educate the public on urban planning.
Cindy Ma, AICP is the Director of Planning of the Community Planning and Urban Design (CPUD) studio at KTGY Architecture and Planning in Oakland and the Co-director of the Diversity Committee of the American Planning Association (APA) California Northern. Cindy is an Oakland native from Fruitvale
John Kamp is a landscape and urban designer, licensed landscape contractor, and facilitator with Place It! and his own design practice, Prairieform. He is currently co-writing a book with James Rojas for Island Press on creative, hands-on methods of community engagement.