David de la Peña, PhD

Assistant Professor & Program Director, Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design, Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis Contact: Office: 131 Hunt Hall, 1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 For Office Hours, see my online calendar: goo.gl/4CJy8Y (530) 752-4082, dsdelapena at ucdavis.edu About

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David de la Peña, PhD

Assistant Professor & Program Director, Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design, Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis Contact: Office: 131 Hunt Hall, 1 Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 For Office Hours, see my online calendar: goo.gl/4CJy8Y (530) 752-4082, dsdelapena at ucdavis.edu About

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LDA 141 – Community Participation & Design

Winter Quarter, 2019 This quarter, our class of 40 students from Sustainable Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture set out to learn how to better design together with communities. Using Design as Democracy as our framework, we walked through a participatory

LDA 141 – Community Participation & Design

Winter Quarter, 2019 This quarter, our class of 40 students from Sustainable Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture set out to learn how to better design together with communities. Using Design as Democracy as our framework, we walked through a participatory

The Sustainable Living and Learning Communities at UC Davis

Since 2015, I have been involved with the Sustainable Living and Learning Communities at UC Davis. In 2018, I led a year-long collaborative design process with the student-led initiatives at the SLLC, working closely with six undergraduate SLLC fellowship recipients. In this

The Sustainable Living and Learning Communities at UC Davis

Since 2015, I have been involved with the Sustainable Living and Learning Communities at UC Davis. In 2018, I led a year-long collaborative design process with the student-led initiatives at the SLLC, working closely with six undergraduate SLLC fellowship recipients. In this

International Garden of Many Colors

  Since the mid 1990s, gardeners in the River Garden Estates neighborhood of north Sacramento have been growing their own food in an underutilized and undevelopable swath of a greenbelt under two sets of power lines. Struggles with the City

International Garden of Many Colors

  Since the mid 1990s, gardeners in the River Garden Estates neighborhood of north Sacramento have been growing their own food in an underutilized and undevelopable swath of a greenbelt under two sets of power lines. Struggles with the City

Design as Democracy

I’ve been to my fair share of community meetings. To be fair, I’ve organized too many to count. And honestly, I’m tired. Tired of knowing what to expect of almost any meeting whether it’s called a charrette, a workshop, or

Design as Democracy

I’ve been to my fair share of community meetings. To be fair, I’ve organized too many to count. And honestly, I’m tired. Tired of knowing what to expect of almost any meeting whether it’s called a charrette, a workshop, or

Grassroots Barcelona – Summer 2018

Update: Check out some of the work from our class: grassrootsbarcelona.wordpress.com Look up from your tapas and watch the flow of people—neighbors, tourists, artists and peddlers—stroll down the Rambla. They disappear down the metro to resurface in some vibrant plaza or

Grassroots Barcelona – Summer 2018

Update: Check out some of the work from our class: grassrootsbarcelona.wordpress.com Look up from your tapas and watch the flow of people—neighbors, tourists, artists and peddlers—stroll down the Rambla. They disappear down the metro to resurface in some vibrant plaza or

David’s Guide to Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona, I hope this helps you get around easily. Barcelona is a city I fell in love with when I spent a year there studying activist architects. It is a lively creative and inviting place. Lately it has

David’s Guide to Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona, I hope this helps you get around easily. Barcelona is a city I fell in love with when I spent a year there studying activist architects. It is a lively creative and inviting place. Lately it has

Barcelona’s Superilles hit a snag

Last week I strolled through an experiment happening in the industrial Poble Nou neighborhood of Barcelona—a “Superilla” or “Super-island” where traffic is being diverted through nine city blocks to create a haven for pedestrians and bicycles. Oddly deserted, people wander

Barcelona’s Superilles hit a snag

Last week I strolled through an experiment happening in the industrial Poble Nou neighborhood of Barcelona—a “Superilla” or “Super-island” where traffic is being diverted through nine city blocks to create a haven for pedestrians and bicycles. Oddly deserted, people wander