James Rojas


  • Viva Las Vegas (NM): 200 years Hispano Urban Design & Architecture

    November 26, 2018

    Inspired by his time in the Southwest for the 2018 CIRD Workshop in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Resource Team Member James Rojas authored this piece, in which he uses examples from West Las Vegas to demonstrate the material significance of Hispano urban design and architecture and its importance in preservation and expression of local Hispano culture.

  • Restoring a River Park – Restoring Relationships: Improving Environmental and Community Health in Las Vegas, NM

    November 26, 2018

    This year’s CIRD Workshop in Las Vegas, New Mexico, hosted by the  Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance (HPWA) – a Las Vegas-based environmental non-profit with more than ten years of experience in watershed restoration projects – brought a new focus to active listening and drew upon the community's knowledge to drive the design and planning of the town’s future river park. By empowering independent voices, members of the town worked toward a foundation of communal trust and common purpose: what emerged was a shared love and value for the river.

  • Call for Contributions to the “Greatest Hits” Issue of the CIRD Newsletter this December

    November 13, 2018
    Calling all CIRD Awardees Past and Present!
    As Project for Public Spaces' tenure with the CIRD program concludes, we ask that you JOIN US in celebrating this great collaboration! This December's CIRD Newsletter will feature PPSxCIRDs "Greatest Hits" and we’d love to include you in that piece. We ask that you complete the attached survey, share your proudest CIRD moments, most surprising CIRD outcomes, and other meaningful CIRD memories with us! 
  • Crowdfunding & Real Estate: Spurring Local Investment in Small Towns & Rural Communities

    October 24, 2018

    Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have facilitated thousands of projects for artists and entrepreneurs. In exchange for donating, some perk or nod of recognition may come your way. You may have even contributed to a project without a promise of something in exchange, understanding that, while you’re supporting something you believe in, you will never get those dollars back.

    But now: imagine that you might get those dollars back. And imagine that you might even get a return on your investment. This is where the plot thickens.

    This is investment crowdfunding.

  • A Root Awakening: Foodie Business Takes on Food Insecurity in Tuttle, ND

    August 15, 2018

    With deliberate investments that nurture local initiatives, - alongside the organization of economies of scale, local producers and small businesses - the Tuttle Rural Innovation Center (TRIC) is planting the seed for a healthier and more equitable food-based economy to take root in Central North Dakota and beyond.