Building Together

Case Studies in Participatory Planning and Community Building

With Ronald Shiffman
Foreword by Dore Ashton, Kenneth Reardon

With case studies of neighborhood developments from North and South America, Europe, and Africa that span forty years, Building Together offers a seminal treatise on the community-based design practices of participatory planning and advocacy architecture. The authors describe the challenges, opportunities, and rewards of grassroots collaboration through vivid personal accounts chosen for their practical lessons. Their case studies range in scale from regional urban planning to smaller architectural projects, and geographically from Harlem, Greenpoint, and the greater New York Metropolitan region to sites in coastal Colombia, southern France, and Burkina Faso, Africa.

Building Together is designed to appeal to a diverse audience of community development specialists, faculty and students of planning, architecture, community health, and the social sciences, practicing professionals and decisionmakers in economic development, and community-based organizations.

About the Authors:

Roger Katan has been an indispensable figure in urban planning as an advocate of participatory
democracy. Ron Shiffman is a legend in New York, advocating for equity and socially responsible
design. Together they have written the book on how to build a more humane and healthy city.
Michael Kimmelman, author, columnist, and architecture critic for the New York Times

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 emeritus professor at Pratt's Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.


Title Building Together
Subtitle Case Studies in Participatory Planning and Community Building
Author Roger Katan
BISAC Subject Heading ARC000000 ARCHITECTURE
ARC010000 ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
Credit Roger Katan and Ronald Shiffman
Includes Index; Appendices; Indices
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 320 p. Index . Appendices . Indices .
Product Detail Trade paperback (US)
ISBN-10 1613320167
ISBN-13 9781613320167
Publication Date 07 October 2014
Publication New York, United States
Product Content Text (eye-readable), Photographs, Figures, diagrams, charts, graphs
Main content page count 320
Word Count 85000
Illustrations 125 Illustrations
95 photographs
30 illustrations, black & white
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.
List Price $19.95


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





"It is rare that a book about democratic design, planning, and community development considers
the pragmatics of its practice through in-depth case studies. There is so much to learn from pioneers


Building Together Symposium and Book Launch - Brooklyn, NY
Pratt Institute, Higgins Hall, 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, Friday Nov 21, 5:00-8:00 pm & Saturday Nov 22, 8:30 to noon

Pratt Institute's Department of City & Regional Planning will host a symposium—Building Together: The Foundations and Future of Advocacy Architecture and Participatory Planning—to honor Roger Katan and Ron Shiffman and the publication of their new book Building Together.

The symposium offer keynote presentations and multiple panel discussions focusing on the foundations and the future of participatory design and advocacy planning.

Special guests will include Roland Anglin, Joan Byron, Jessica Clemente, Roberta Feldman, Mindy Fullilove, Eva Hanhardt, Jeff Hou, Mike Pyatok, Ken Reardon, Michael Rios, Brian Sullivan, Cathy Herman, and Anusha Venkataraman.

There will also be an exhibition celebrating the community development work of Ron Shiffman, his collaborators, colleagues, and his many students on view during the evening.

Light refreshments will be served.