2006 Vancouver, Canada

World Urban Forum III — Our Futures: Sustaining Cities, Turning Ideas into Actions
19-23 June 2006


Networking Event: June 21, 2006; Tim: 4:30-6:30 pm; Room: MR07

Community participation in local planning has become a common practice in democratized societies around the Pacific Rim. To various extents, it has contributed to a more inclusive approach to local planning and urban governance. This event aims to connect professionals and scholars in participatory community planning to share insights and compare experiences of how participatory planning is conducted at the community level and in different social and institutional contexts. Through the presentation of cases and roundtable/group discussion, the event will examine the following:

  • How participatory community planning responds to rapid social and economic changes in the region;
  • How participatory practices address the increasing diversity and complexity of identities, interests, and values in the planning of urban communities;
  • And how examples of participatory practices reflect specific local social and cultural practices.

The event seeks to expand a network of practitioners and researchers focusing on participatory community planning in the Pacific Rim. Specifically, it seeks to involve individuals and organizations from developing countries in the region and beyond.




(Dis)Continuous Engagement with Partners in Community Design in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, Dan Abramson, University of Washington (USA)

Community Design and Human Rights, Graeme Bristol, Centre for Architecture and Human Rights (Thailand)

Learning from the Rural Communities of South Asia, Omar Faruque, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo (USA)

Increased citizen activism for environmental improvement since the 1995 Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, Mayumi Hayashi, University of Hyogo (Japan)

Creation of New Opportunity and Method for Citizens’ Initiatives of Community Development struggling for the Issue of Community Revitalization, Yasuyoshi HAYASHI, (NPO) Tamagawa Machizukuri House (Japan)

Community Studio: A Student-Run Collaborative Design Initiative, David Hohenschau, Community Studio (Canada)

Intergenerational and Intercultural Design Participation in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District, Jeff Hou,
University of Washington (USA)

Applicability of Farmers’ Market Activity for Community Development in the United States and the Comparable Recent Tendency in Japan, Ryoko SATO, WAN I.R. (Japan)


Partner Organization:

  • The Northwest Center for Livable Communities, University of Washington
  • Department of Landscape Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Voices Integrating East and West (VIEW)
  • Organization of Urban Re-s (OURs)


Jeff Hou, University of Washington, Seattle