Compiled as a tribute to the late John Thompson and to the coronation of King Charles. Includes photos not seen before as well as some favourites.
Nick Wates joins the Project Office at The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture under the direction of Mel Agace, Dr Brian Hanson and Professor Keith Critchlow.
The Tools for Community Design (TCD) Research Project is launched by the Institute, led by Ros Tennyson, John Thompson and Nick Wates who had worked together on the Duchy of Cornwall’s 1989 community planning weekend for Poundbury.
Series of evening forums on action planning held at the Institute
Some photos of staff, students and members of the public at forums held at the Institute.
1994 – 1999
Pilot community engagement activity organised, recorded and evaluated in live projects in places including:
Richmond, Virginia, USA.
El Cerrito, California, USA.
1996 – 99
Translations and adaptations of Action Planning published in Chinese…
Publication of The Community Planning Handbook after extensive consultation, participatory editing and testing.
Community Planning Training and Development programme launched with 17 modules.
Some photos from training sessions at the Prince’s Foundation’s converted warehouse in Shoreditch, London, 2001/02
Website Communityplanning.net launched, independent but supported by The Prince’s Foundation and others
Translations of The Community Planning Handbook published in Chinese and Korean
Publication of The Community Planning Event Manual, an updated edition of Action Planning
Publication of Concertation citoyenne en urbanisme; la méthode du community planning, by Eléonore Hauptmann and Nick Wates, a French translation and adaptation of The Community Planning Event Manual
Publication of a Second edition of The Community Planning Handbook
Publication of 20/20 Visions: Collaborative planning and placemaking by Charles Campion of John Thompson & Partners; a collection of case studies of charrette style events
2000 – 2020
Prince’s Foundation uses Enquiry by Design process in numerous new developments. JTP conduct numerous community planning events. Numerous training workshops delivered by Nick Wates Associates in the UK and abroad.
This was a great project. Thanks to everyone who made it happen. A rare example of joined up action research. More should be done.
Details of the publications mentioned in this blog can be found at:
In my early teens I had the good fortune to live by a wonderful Lakeland river where I spent a great deal of my spare time. When it rained up the valley the river became a raging torrent, in a drought it almost disappeared. Over the years I got to know every rock and stone. I knew exactly where to jump across with different volumes of water. I knew which stones became treacherously slippery when wet, under which stone one might find fish and when it might be possible to use a canoe.
Every now and then a local property owner or statutory body would make an intervention; constructing new fences, repairing a weir or cutting down trees. And it was amazing how often these interventions seemed to have a negative effect on my use of the river and also seemed to me to be a waste of resources which could have been spent much better on something else. I had lots of ideas of what could have been done to improve my local environment but of course nobody ever asked me.
This was my awakening to the simple truth that the people who understand a piece of environment best are the people who use it and if you want to make it function better then these people need to be involved in generating the solution.
Later, at university in London, I discovered to my amazement that this seemingly obvious principle was not part of the practice of modern day architecture and planning resulting in the most horrendous acts of destruction and people being condemned to live in the most appalling environments.
But I also discovered that all over the world there were people exploring new and creative ways of involving local people in the creation and management of their environment. Exploring this phenomenon has become the focus of my work.