UDG Book of the Year Award 2019


“What a magnificent book!
What a powerful message!!”

David Lewis FAIA, Founder of Urban Design Associates

Communities have a collective intelligence which brings social, economic and environmental value to designing cities and neighbourhoods. Just as the act of voting is a right, it is inherently democratic to bring people genuinely to the heart of planning and placemaking.

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St Clements Community Planning Weekend, Bow, London, 2012

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18/01/2019 in blogs

Santa Fe Railyard Revitalisation

The remarkable story of how the local community shaped and delivered the revitalisation of Santa Fe Railyard to create a new “living room for the community” is told in 20/20…
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04/01/2019 in news

Charrette to plan way forward for Auroville, India: Monday 7 – Tuesday 13 January 2019

Auroville was founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa outside Pondicherry, Southern India as a universal town where men and women of all countries could live in peace…
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29/11/2018 in blogs

Report Back from Collaborative Planning in Riegel Germany

In follow up to the Breite III participatory charrettes in Riegel, Germany, which you can read about in the 2020Visions blog post by Andreas Von Zadow; a report back presentation…
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22/11/2018 in blogs

Collaborative Planning in Riegel “Breite III” (Germany)

Following an earlier post about the Breite III participatory charrettes in Riegel, Germany (see post here); below is a write-up from Andreas Von Zadow who shares some of the discussions…
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About the Book


“Too often planners and architects assume the professionals know best. In this book, Charles Campion shows us how involving communities in placemaking on the contrary delivers better, transformative designs that gain community support and much better outcomes. From the history of the Charette to practical examples, this is vital reading for anyone with an interest in how to achieve outstanding placemaking with and through the community.”
Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, Visiting Professor, Plymouth University School of Planning

Collaboration in planning and placemaking is essential to creating thriving, sustainable communities. In 1967 the American Institute of Architecture held its first Charrette – a series of interactive workshops – as a way for architects and planners to bring the public into the design process. Charrettes are now an internationally adopted methodology. People’s views are heard and honoured and planners tap in to a wealth of local knowledge and creativity. Despite the demonstrable benefits, there are still many architects and planners who lack the confidence and expertise to collaborate with the public effectively. It is time to change the way things are done and to bring communities genuinely to the heart of planning and placemaking.

20/20 Visions: Collaborative Planning and Placemaking gives practitioners and communities the inspiration and confidence to introduce Charrettes in to their planning processes. It enables you to add social, economic and environmental value to your projects and produce better places. A series of 20 international case studies present the strengths of the Charrette process and show how they can be delivered on a variety of scales, sectors and sites. It’s a highly visual and accessible guide for the busy practitioner and an indispensable companion for those who value people-centric urban design.

Published by RIBA Publishing, ISBN: 9781859467367

About the Author

Charles Campion (Partner at JTP; Academician at Academy of Urbanism; Built Environment Expert for Design Council CABE)  Charles is JTP’s Partner-in-Charge of participatory co-design processes with communities and stakeholders from all backgrounds and sectors. For over 20 years he has led and participated in numerous Charrette processes in the UK and worldwide. These have been for residential-led development of various scales, heritage-led regeneration, urban renaissance and environmental projects. In 2015 JTP won the BDonline Architect of the Year Award for Masterplanning and Public Realm in recognition of a Collaborative Placemaking work across a diverse range of projects.


“What a magnificent book! What a powerful message!! In every way it deserves a wide-ranging readership. You can only imagine how privileged I have been to have been there with Jules Gregory in the early days of this great urban design and democratic initiative. I am deeply impressed by the case studies published, many of them clearly giving new hope and life to distressed communities.”
David Lewis FAIA, Founder of Urban Design Associates

“We are living in exciting times – self build, community land trusts, asset transfers, edible landscapes. Communities have power, when, as now, the public purse has receded the power of people grows. This book underlines the principles of trust, transparency and participation. We are not all individually blessed with 20/20 vision, but it’s something we would all wish for as communities. The days of ego architecture are gone, bravo for the collaborative approach. Read this book and excercise those participatory muscles.”
Mary Clear MBE, Community activist & co-founder Incredible Edible

“20/20 Visions makes an important contribution to the conversation about charrette processes and their value to urban regeneration. The case studies in this volume provide an indispensable guide that demonstrates how our cities can apply democratic approaches to remake themselves. It is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the key tools to achieve urban success in the 21st century.”
Joel Mills, Senior Director, Center for Communities by Design, The American Institute of Architects

“It is both readable and technical, with great visual context. It finds, in the short attention span era, a good balance between brevity and delivering meaningful content – through the use of exemplars, accompanying narrative, themes, analysis and lessons learned. A complex endeavour woven together into a compact, legible and attractive product.”
Kobus Mentz, Urbanismplus, Auckland, New Zealand


The writing of 20/20 Visions would not have been possible without the help of the many experienced practitioners and communities around the world who work to promote and sustain participatory planning and placemaking. Below are links to some resources which offer insight and guidance in this field. If you know of any further resources please let us know and we will consider adding them to this list.