Building the LES

This Saturday my class will be in the Lower East Side holding a visioning session with whoever is interested, asking participants to let their imaginations run wild and explore how they'd picture their ideal neighborhood.

The class is led by James Rojas, an artist and planner who developed this technique. Colorful blocks, shapes, and miscellaneous bits and pieces get moved around an abstracted map of the neighborhood, freeing participants from anxiety about practicality, vocabulary, or the legitimacy of their viewpoint. By making the process fun, people tend to exercise more creative thinking and give their visions power.

Plan Manhattan Family Friendly Activity!
Date: Saturday July 28, 2012
Time:  3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: First Park @ 33 East 1st Street
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 Our (nearly) finished basemap of the Lower East Side

Our (nearly) finished basemap of the Lower East Side

AuthorChris Hamby