Urban Commons Lab

(Re)constructing Communities

The 5th Conference of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network: In countries and regions across the Pacific Rim, participatory community design and planning has become an increasingly important component of the local planning and design process. However, recent social changes across the Pacific Rim have also begun to challenge the traditional notion of ‘community’ as well as the norms of participatory practice. The growing needs for community design and the changing conditions of communities present a dual challenge. The three-day conference brings together leading scholars and practitioners from Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and the U.S., to engage in a cross-cultural dialogue on changing communities and implications for community design practice in the Pacific Rim. [Link]0

Pacific Rim Community Design Network (September 2-5, 2004). Co-sponsors/ Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington, Landscape Architecture Program, University of California, Davis, UW Northwest Center for Livable Communities. Funding Support/ University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, Taiwan Ministry of Education, and Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington. Organizers/ Jeff Hou and Mark Francis. Research Assistant/ Nathan Brightbill. Student Volunteers/ William Buckingham, Richard Cochrane, Brian Hammer, Yamani Hernandez, Katherine Idziorek, Laurie Karlinsky, Vanessa Lee, Chia-Lin Molly Ma, Liz Maly, Jayde Lin Roberts, Lee Roberts, Keiko Shimada, Daniele Spirandelli, Makie Suzuki, Candy Wang and Kaila Yun. Special Thanks/ Jim Diers, Tom Im, Milenko Matanovic, Joyce Moty, Bob Santos and Daniel Winterbottom.