Category Archives: Teaching

Rio Paisanos Workshop in San Luis Potosí, Mexico

In October, Professor de la Peña traveled to Mexico to deliver a keynote talk on participatory design and to facilitate a 3-day workshop with architect Marcela Lopez of the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. Working with a dozen students

Rio Paisanos Workshop in San Luis Potosí, Mexico

In October, Professor de la Peña traveled to Mexico to deliver a keynote talk on participatory design and to facilitate a 3-day workshop with architect Marcela Lopez of the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. Working with a dozen students

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

Project Summary and Letter of Support 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

International Garden of Many Colors

Project Summary and Letter of Support 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

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

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