Designing Public Consensus: The Civic Theater of Community Participation for Architects, Landscape Architects, Planners, and Urban Designers

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Wiley, Mar 10, 2006 - Architecture - 253 pages
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"At long last, we have a great book on public participation in the planning process. Designing Public Consensus presents examples of the interaction between architects, planners, landscape designers, engineers, and the public. More important, Barbara Faga presents situations when that interaction has worked, when it has not, and why. She is able to extract, from what she has dubbed "civic theater," practical recommendations for professionals who practice in a democracy that requires such interaction."
—From the Foreword by Alexander Garvin, former vice president for planning, design and development for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

A key reference for successfully managing public process in design projects

Designing Public Consensus is an insightful and useful resource for architects, planners, and urban designers, with case study examples illustrating approaches for working with small towns, large cities, government agencies, citizen activists, community groups, and other stakeholders.

By examining the public process implemented by EDAW and a variety of design firms in urban design projects of different scales, Faga reveals the lessons learned by the design practitioners. Throughout the case studies, first-person accounts by the designers, government officials, clients, and other stakeholders reveal the moments of brilliance as well as the good intentions gone wrong. Designing Public Consensus features these projects:

  • Wharf District Park, Boston
  • World Trade Center, New York
  • Austell Intermodal Facility, Austell, Georgia
  • Youngstown 2010, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Freedom Park, Atlanta
  • Zoning Reform, Chicago
  • West Philadelphia Initiatives, Philadelphia
  • Penn's Landing Forums, Philadelphia
  • Disney's America, Haymarket, Virginia
  • Mutirão 50, Fortaleza, Brazil
  • Visitacion Valley, San Francisco
  • Imagine New York, New York

The methods, tips, and strategies presented in Designing Public Consensus are relevant tools for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape designers, and engineers, as well as developers, municipalities, and government officials.

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About the author (2006)

Barbara Faga, FASLA, is the chair of the board of EDAW, environmental, economic, planning and design consultants with 1000 employees and 26 offices worldwide. Recent projects include chairing a task force for Mayor Shirley Franklin resulting in a new direction for parks and open space in Atlanta; Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta; Diagonal Mar Parc, Barcelona; South Beach and Ocean neighborhoods urban design/streetscape and Indian Creek Greenway--$50M in construction cost, Miami Beach; Carter Presidential Center, Atlanta; Celebration, Florida; Schuykill River master plan, Philadelphia, PA and Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth. She is currently conducting public meetings for the Wharf District Park Plan, of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a park over the $15B big-dig in Boston and working on the design for West Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Ms. Faga has worked as an in-house landscape architect and urban designer with the cities of Atlanta, Georgia, and Alexandria, Virginia. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award, Landscape Architecture, Michigan State University in 1998 and was recently named one of the top 15 women changing the world of architecture by DesignIntelligence, February 2003.
Barbara has conducted numerous public meetings, served as a board member and chaired several environmental, professional and retail associations and speaks regularly in the US and South America on urban issues for professional associations, public agencies, and universities. Barbara is a planner and landscape architect with more than 25 years of experience emphasizing downtown plans, master planning, site planning, construction and recreation planning. She has directed complex teams on large time-sensitive and award winning projects including; preservation plans, retail, downtown revitalization plans, waterfront development, parks and recreation, land management plans and housing and community developments. She has worked in a variety of locations including South America, the Middle East and Europe.

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