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PROJECTS IN PLACE

BRYCE GAUTHIER + PROJECTS IN PLACE SOCIETY BOARD

THE FLASH MOB APPROACH
TO COMMuNITY DESIGN
FR_RESuMÉ

SORTIR L'OuBLI
Projects In Place remplit une
mission toute simple : rassembler
les concepteurs, planificateurs
et constructeurs pour améliorer
les quartiers. Il lui faut pour cela
s'attaquer aux paysages négligés :
stationnements abandonnés, toits,
sites contaminés, terrains vagues. Ces
espaces fragmentés, dangereux et
sous-utilisés sont souvent fréquentés
par des marginaux : des espaces oubliés
pour des personnes vouées à l'oubli.
EN_
PROjECTS IN PLACE has a simple
mission: bring designers, planners
and builders together to make
neighbourhoods better. Achieving our
mission means addressing leftover
landscapes: abandoned parking lots,
rooftops, contaminated sites, empty
lots. These fragmented, unsafe, underused spaces are often frequented by
marginalized people living in less than
ideal circumstances: forgotten spaces
for forgotten people.
Our client base consists of small,
informal groups brought together
with a strong idea but little funding,
training or experience. They are
often at odds with the systems of
governance that must be approached
to make their vision a reality. Our
challenge is to help them through the
sometimes bewildering process of
design and approval. We work through
the little details, from practical to
political, striving to resolve problems
with stakeholders, neighbours and
approval agencies.
30 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES

THE vOLUNTEER BUILD
The culmination of much hard work is
the volunteer build event - a flash mob
approach that sees the project built in a
day or two. Our volunteer network has
the capacity and resources to respond
organically and dynamically to the
individual demands of each project and
out of that process, a small, unlikely
group of people succeeds in building
something significant.
But in many ways the final built
product is the less relevant thing:
the collective experience of people
coming together to solve a problem
is the real accomplishment. Here are
just a few take-aways from our typical
design and build process. A dedicated
individual lacking in experience but
with a keen eye for recognizing a
problem sets about to solve it (with our
help)...a design student gets valuable
experience designing and producing
drawings for the benefit of the general
public...an experienced project manager
or planner feels a sense of satisfaction
bringing their skills to bear on a very
different kind of project...volunteers
get first-hand experience in sustainable
design and construction practices.
Ironically, while many of our projects
were intended to have an impact on
a local level, some have had a voice
in a larger conversation. A recycling
resource park, for example, now
occupies the site of an abandoned
mortuary, providing recycling,
up-cycling and composting services
to members. The process of working
through such obstacles as permit
acquisition was onerous but has helped
guide and inform future city policy.

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Landscapes - Spring 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2015

To Being With | Pour Commencer
The New Small | Le Microcosme Réinventé
Paula Meijerink, Guest Editor | Rédactrice invitée
EN_LP+ | Small Matters: Backgrounder
FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
Writers | Collaboratuers
Je Vois Montreal
Upfront | Prologue
Forêt urbaine
Urban Braille
Find Your Pebble
Folly Forest
Parklet Experiment
Klynstra Scholarship
Prix 2014 Schwabenbauer
The Common Sense Curb Cut
Essay | Essai
Doggy Style
Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
Tiny Taxonomy
Lying Down in Public
Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
A Non-Urban Approach X3
New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
Opinion
Critique
The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - FR_LP+ | Prodigieuse Petitesse
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Writers | Collaboratuers
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Je Vois Montreal
Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Common Sense Curb Cut
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Essay | Essai
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Doggy Style
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Projects in Place: The LA Flash Mob
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Tiny Taxonomy
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Lying Down in Public
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Kelowna asks, "What if,,"
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - A Non-Urban Approach X3
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - New Directions | Nouvelles Avenues
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Opinion
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - Critique
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Landscapes - Spring 2015 - The Last Word | Le Mot de la Fin
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