“My City ” Project Based
Events Building a Common Vision “A ‘home-made’ exhibit, such as herein described, with its backward look into the past and its forecast of a future linked together with a satisfactory representation of the present, goes a long way toward clarifying a vision of the city’s possibilities.” Dean George Damon The American City: 1916.
As described in the two previous chapters, the goal of the “My City” process is to create a bottom-up approach that includes a “science fair” for planning within a larger social and cultural event that includes music, food and a toast to civic ideals. A Main Project Theme “My City” events focus on the approach to projects discussed in the previous chapter. These events explore public collaboration, articulating the spectrum of viewpoints. Events build towards a large event combining the community quality of an early Rose Parade with a science fair of urban design. With teams and individuals competing to solve the project’s Request for Solutions, “My City” has the potential to plan communities in new and exciting ways. TYPES OF EVENTS
CONTENTS Events Overview..........120 Schematic of a Large “My City” Event................121 The Four Types of Public Participation.....122 Competition.....123
1. Small Gatherings over a meal may include preliminary proposals and presentations to local groups. They always include a small exhibit of a draft document and/or movie that blends history and planning, the “breaking of bread,” music, and a toast to the project at hand. 2. Mid-sized Events refine the original vision to better reflect and build a common community vision. Building on the ingredients described above, a revision of the document and video is also presented. Includes 25 to 100 people.
Presentations...123 The Event Survey..............124 The Revision Principle...........125
3. Large Events occur after one or more mid-sized events refine the original proposal to better reflect the common vision of the community. The rest of this chapter describes large events that include over 100 people beginning with an overview on the following page.
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