Design Coalition Institute practices a "hands-on" public workshop approach to citizen participation in decision-making for the preservation and development of community resources. Our approach combines the science of GIS mapping technology with low-tech activities that invite residents to identify places that are important to the social, historical, cultural, and economic vitality of their community. Additional workshop activities are designed to help residents develop a shared understanding of issues and consensus about goals and strategies for the future
Photo from a Participatory Community
Planning & Design
in South Chicago
We use the results of these participatory processes to produce illustrated reports that are useful for informing "Smart Growth" and comprehensive planning policies. We also use the results to prepare "Evaluation Workbooks" that help guide citizens' review of proposed preservation, development, or re-development projects.
This is a copy of the illustrated report and workbook from a participatory planning process for "Smart Growth" and Comprehensive Planning for a small commuter village West of Madison WI. It includes a preface that overviews the partnership building process and a description of the "Tool Kit" of participatory activities.
This is a copy of the illustrated report and workbook from a participatory planning process focused on a potential infill development in an established neighborhood in Madison WI. It includes a description of the of the participatory process and activities.
Photo from the Milwaukee Street
"Visualizing the Issues" Workshop