The Pacific Rim Community Design Network was launched following a working conference at the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. Titled “Coastal Echoes: Democratic Design in the Pacific Rim,” the conference brought together leading community design scholars and practitioners from Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. The purpose of the conference was to provide the practitioners and scholars working in the field of participatory design and planning across the Pacific Rim region with an opportunity to share and compare each other’s experiences and advance their practice and research.
Through conferences and joint projects, the network has provided a vehicle for collaboration and mutual support, as well as a forum for a comparative understanding of community design in the fast-changing political and social context of the Pacific Rim. Network members now span from Asia-Pacific to the Americas, in countries including Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States.
Photos: Working conferences from 1998 to 2018