I am really excited to be able to invite you to the Children Changing Cities panel this Saturday morning (6/19) at 9.30 at the Association for Community Design Conference (here) in Berkeley, California. The panel brings together a compelling collection of thinkers and doers who are redefining how we engage youth in making our cities, and in turn fundamentally challenging how we generally engage people of all ages in civic processes.
Build-ability Alex Gilliam of Public Workshop (here)
Engage-ability Charlie Vinz of Design-Build-Grow-Eat (here)
Plan-ability Damon Rich of the City of Newark Planning Department and former Executive Director of the Center For Urban Pedagogy (here)
It’s going to be great because…..
Children making robotic chickens. Suitcase sewer models that teach communities about water infrastructure. Teen-built healthy food carts for neighborhood vendors. Youth making sensors to measure the environmental wellness of their block and neighborhood organizations…….
What’s not to love?
This will be an in-depth conversation testing the full limits of possibility, covering inspiring projects as well as challenges, limits and unexplored opportunities. AND it is important to note that although the title suggests otherwise, this is not strictly about how we include young adults in the making of the built environment but a larger conversation about the limits of where, how and when we can better engage the public in the making of our cities.