Community Built Association Conference Coming Up!

April 20th, 2012

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New Village Press is a publisher, sure, but we’re also about supporting causes we believe in. Our books speak to and about these causes, and our authors live these causes. Sharon Danks, author of Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation will be at one of our favorite conferences about one of our favorite causes, community engagement, in May and asked us to spread the word. There is still time to register!

Community Built Association 2012 Conference, May 30–June 2 in Portland, Oregon!

The Community Building in the Urban Village conference seeks to expand and deepen the practice of community engagement through the lenses of art, play, nature, and the built environment. The conference is intended for anyone who is interested in engaging their community in collaborative works—from experts in the field to those exploring this way of working. It’s a place to share ideas, learn from each other, and get inspired to bring community building to your own city and neighborhood. The event will include engaging speakers, hands-on workshops, and tours of Portland’s fantastic community-built spaces. Come join us in Portland, Oregon, from May 30 to June 2, 2012!

The 2012 CBA conference will feature discussions about community-engaged architecture, landscape architecture, and planning from amazing teachers and practitioners:

Steve Badanes is widely known for his practice and teaching of design/build. He is a founding member of the Jersey Devil design/build practice and is currently a Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington.

Mark Lakeman is founder of Communitecture, and has been a leader in galvanizing a movement of community place-makers through his work with the City Repair Project.,

Mikenko Matanovic is the founder of the Pomegranate Center, which works with communities to create beautiful gathering places in a true participatory practice.

Gwynne Pugh’s Urban Studio specializes in urban design, planning, sustainability and consultation and is responsible for facilitating the park featured in the award-winning documentary The Park that Kids Built.

Daniel Winterbottom is a distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, and focuses on creating healing/restorative landscapes through participatory design/build.

Many sessions will focus on schools, parks, and other environments for children and will feature some amazing presentations that address the use of community engagement to create and enhance children’s play spaces:

Sharon Danks & Lisa Howard, principals of Bay Tree Design, are trailblazers in the green schoolyard movement. They will showcase examples of green schoolyard transformation around the world and talk about their firm’s work to engage school communities through an in-depth participatory design process that empowers parents, school staff, and students to work together and become stewards of their shared environments.

Tom Arie Donch has been creating sculptural play environments for thirty-two years: from public parks, playgrounds, and skate parks to public art, monuments, nature trails, children’s’ hospitals, and interactive museum exhibits.

Rusty Keeler, author and founder of Planet Earth Playscapes, will lead a hands-on workshop to transform the outdoor play area at the Mt. Tabor Preschool.

Mike Lanza, author and founder of Playborhood, will examine the state of free play in our neighborhoods, share examples of successful neighborhood “hang-outs”, and talk about how to create a more playful urban environment.

More information is available at:

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this announcement! Thanks!

Katherine Ball
Co-coordinator, CBA 2012 Conference

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