David de la Peña, PhD

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis Contact: Office: 111 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 Me: I

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David de la Peña, PhD

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis Contact: Office: 111 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 Me: I

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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

Study in Barcelona this summer!

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 hillside neighborhood, climbing stairs to high-ceilinged apartments with views over

Study in Barcelona this summer!

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 hillside neighborhood, climbing stairs to high-ceilinged apartments with views over

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

Place-It with James Rojas

by James Rojas and David de la Peña Envisioning a Region It’s not easy for people to envision the region the live in, but if planners expect citizens to meaningfully participate in shaping it, that is exactly what needs to

Place-It with James Rojas

by James Rojas and David de la Peña Envisioning a Region It’s not easy for people to envision the region the live in, but if planners expect citizens to meaningfully participate in shaping it, that is exactly what needs to

Solar Decathlon, UC Davis

Faculty advisor to 2015 and 2017 student teams who design, build, and showcase a net-zero energy home for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition. 2015 Conceptual Design Entry 2015 Team Video 2017 Conceptual Design Entry image credit: Shuyang Wang,

Solar Decathlon, UC Davis

Faculty advisor to 2015 and 2017 student teams who design, build, and showcase a net-zero energy home for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition. 2015 Conceptual Design Entry 2015 Team Video 2017 Conceptual Design Entry image credit: Shuyang Wang,

Can Batlló

Since 2011, community activists in the Sants neighborhood in Barcelona have been creating and managing their own community space at the former textile factory of Can Batlló. I wrote about this experience in my dissertation in 2013, and also in “Participation

Can Batlló

Since 2011, community activists in the Sants neighborhood in Barcelona have been creating and managing their own community space at the former textile factory of Can Batlló. I wrote about this experience in my dissertation in 2013, and also in “Participation