With case studies of neighborhood developments from North and South America, Europe, and Africa that span forty years, Building Together: Case Studies in Participatory Planning and Community Building offers a seminal treatise on the community-based design practices of participatory planning and advocacy architecture. This expanded work is built upon the classic book, Batir Ensemble, written by Roger Katan and published in France, about engaging citizens in creating place.
Building Together is designed to appeal to a diverse international audience interested in community-engaged planning, design, and development. These include community development specialists, faculty and students of planning, architecture, community health, and the social sciences, practicing professionals and decision makers in economic development, and community-based organizations. It is written to inform professionals and citizens about participatory process to facilitate collaboration and equitable relationships.
About the Authors:
Roger Katan: Roger Katan is a French American architect, artist, and educator known as a proponent of the community-based design practices of participatory architecture and advocacy planning. He has been a university instructor, international consultant, lecturer, activist, and author on the subject.
Ron Shiffman: Ron Shiffman is the former director of the Pratt Center for Community Development, which he cofounded in 1964. He is currently a professor at Pratt's Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.
FOREWORD by Dore Ashton
FOREWORD by Kenneth Reardon
Case 1: Participatory Planning on a Regional Scale, New York
Case 2: A Case History, Williamsburg-Greenpoint, New York
Case 3: East Harlem Cases, New York
Case 4: Creation of the First Microcredit Organization, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Case 5: Jardies, Meudon, France
Case 6: Organization for Homeless People: Los Destechados, Pereira, Colombia
Case 7: Four Projects from Tumaco and Remote Parts of Colombia