Even if they don’t know it, 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.

previous arrow
next arrow
St Clements Community Planning Weekend, Bow, London, 2012

News & Blogs

13/07/2018 in news

Three launch events for 20/20 Visions

by Charles Campion In late June, I was delighted to be joined by eminent guests at three launch events for 20/20 Visions: Collaborative Planning & Placemaking. The first launch, which…
Read More
09/07/2018 in news

Design Thinking Drawing as Design Practice

Today (Monday July 9) from 5:50 to 8pm, acclaimed Australian urbanist, Peter Richards, will deliver a talk hosted by the Academy of Urbanism (AoU), during which he will show how hand drawing and…
Read More
06/07/2018 in news

Raising Stone in Blaenau Ffestiniog

The Blaenau Ffestiniog case study in 20/20 Visions describes a charrette focused community planning process to create a strategy to regenerate the town that once roofed the world. In this…
Read More
29/06/2018 in news

20/20 Visions Foreword by Robert Ivy

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Regional Urban Design Action Team  (R/UDAT) model has played a hugely important role in the development of collaborative planning and placemaking. Established over 50…
Read More

About the Book


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; BEE for 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.


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.