Pacific Rim Community Design Network

The Pacific Rim Community Design Network was launched following a working conference at 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 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.

The Pacific Rim Community Design Network provides a vehicle for collaboration and mutual support for a comparative understanding of community design in the fast-changing political and social context of the Pacific Rim.

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Exhibition Curated Works

People gathered at Ah Ma Drink Stall

Photo Credit: Ria Tan

Ah Ma Drink Stall

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Three long buildings with a skyline in the background

Photo Credit: William Ti, Jr.

Emergency Quarantine Facilities

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Overhead view of an amphibious community

Photo Credit: InterACTION Labs Team

InterACTION Labs

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Bright elevated building with people sitting underneath

Photo Credit: Sanrok Studio

Microlibraries

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Group of people walking in and out of a building

Photo Credit: Katie Edwards

Naidi Community Hall

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The Pacific Rim Community

Pacific Rim Community Design Network brings together community design scholars and practitioners from countries around the Pacific Rim through its regular conferences. 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.

  • provide practitioners and scholars working in the field of participatory design and planning across the region and beyond with opportunities to share experiences and knowledge and advance their practice and research
  • enable and empower community members to become decision makers while we play the role of being facilitators
  • use design as a tool to enhance human flourishing and improve physical, social and psychological well-being

Founding networks

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DesignBuildXchange

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Live Projects Network

an online resource to share practice and connect students, educators, clients, practitioners and researchers involved in live projects

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SEED Network

advances the goal that design can play a role in working with communities to address the critical challenges faced by communities across the globe

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