I’m Married! And the Case for Simple Weddings

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Nic and I were married on April 7th, 2016 in a quiet ceremony at Philadelphia’s City Hall. That day I made breakfast for us, wrote my vows, made a bouquet and boutonnière, and did a little bit of work. We took a… Continue Reading

Program Parks to Connect Urban Districts – A Nash Square Showcase

The end of my Raleigh notebooks is near. Here is an idea for Nash Square I kicked around this past spring.   PROBLEM Underutilized park in the middle of a dead zone in downtown Raleigh during First Fridays.   BACKGROUND  Downtown Raleigh is… Continue Reading

PARK(ing) Day in Philadelphia, Roots in San Diego

I love PARK(ing) Day because it showcases how quick, cheap, and mobile solutions can vastly improve our quality of life. By reducing vehicle speeds and reclaiming streets as people spaces, these temporary parklets build community and prove that a tiny respites… Continue Reading

Using Design to Address Homelessness through Transitional Housing

Last spring Activate14–an outreach initiative I co-founded–jumped on the tiny home craze in an effort to address Raleigh’s underserved homelessness community. We wanted to prove our belief that good design is accessible to everyone and can radically change a community. The transition out of homelessness… Continue Reading

The Case Against Major-League Sport Stadiums in Urban Areas

Before leaving Raleigh, a conversation emerged around bringing a major-league sports team to the capitol city. Several people–predominately men–thought a football or basketball stadium near the amphitheater would be THE BEST THING EVER. Let me tell you why it’s not: 1.… Continue Reading

Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles for Good Design

Dieter Rams is an iconic German industrial designer whose design approach is “Less, but better”. In an interview with Icon Magazine, Rams says, “As designers we have a great responsibility. I believe designers should eliminate the unnecessary. That means eliminating everything that… Continue Reading