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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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28/09/2018 in news

Citizen participation on innovative urban expansion in Riegel, Germany

On Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October 2018 the local community are invited to a participatory Perspektivenwerkstatt (Charrette) in Riegel, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany to co-design a substantial urban expansion to…
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13/09/2018 in blogs

Delivering Action in Your Town Centre

Chris Jones runs Chris Jones Regeneration, a values based consultancy that cares about bringing long lasting benefits for communities across Wales, the United Kingdom and beyond. Chris was project lead…
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23/08/2018 in news

Civil Society Strategy puts communities at the centre of decision-making

This August 2018, the UK Government has released its first Civil Society Strategy in fifteen years. The 122 page Strategy sets out a vision which places communities at the centre…
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16/08/2018 in news

China / UK  new town knowledge exchange reveals key learnings

In a recent article in Town & Country Planning magazine (TCPA, July 2018) Ying Ying Tian, Director of the China Design Centre, describes how China and the UK face similar challenges…
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About the Book

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“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.

Reviews

“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

Resources

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.

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