Charles Campion, Partner at JTP, is travelling around the world in 8 days stopping in San Diego, USA and Hangzhou, China to speak about Collaborative Planning & Placemaking.
In San Diego Charles has attended the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Grassroots Conference where he partnered with Joel Mills from the AIA Center for Communities by Design to present an international perspective on the roll out of Charrettes and Regional Urban Design Assistance Teams (R/UDATs).
The first R/UDATs was held in 1967, the brainchild of Jules Gregory whilst acting as Vice President of the AIA. He saw architects working directly with communities as one way to tackle the challenges laid down by the Civil Rights movement of the time. This was the beginning of participatory co-design, with Charrettes now widely practiced around the world today.
In Hangzhou, Charles will speak at the 2018 International Urbanism Conference hosted by developer SUNAC China Holdings and Hangzhou Rongxinheng Investment. The aim of the conference is to establish a platform for regular knowledge exchange between UK and China about urbanism, and contribute to better built environmental and quality of life.
The conference will visit Liangzhu Cultural Village, a new garden town located in Hangzhou’s Yuhang District. Liangzhu Community Planning Weekend held in 2015, which focussed on establishment of more community involvement in the governance of the town, features as a case studiy in Charles’ new book 20/20 Visions: Collaborative Planning and Placemaking to be published by RIBA Publishing in May.