In 2015, I attended the Growing in Place conference in Raleigh, NC to address how children can learn and play in urban environments: How can urban design expose and restore urban nature so children and youth engage with compelling, equitable places for creative play and learning? How can nonformal education in nature enrich playful learning… Continue reading Observations from Wandering Cities
I added my voice to Philadelphia's monument conversation in PlanPhilly's "Eyes on the Street" segment, which is discussing "What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” My essay here: Mural Arts' Monument Lab wants to know, “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” It’s a great question, but I want… Continue reading Philly Monuments
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 from city life is welcome. Philadelphia's PARK(ing) Day includes 52 businesses, designers, and organizations co-opting… Continue reading PARK(ing) Day in Philadelphia, Roots in San Diego
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 is more successful when services like job training, medical attention, and other support are provided through… Continue reading Using Design to Address Homelessness through Transitional Housing
Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer whose design approach is "Less, but better". He believes good design: Is innovative - The possibilities for progression are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for original designs. But imaginative design always develops in tandem with improving technology, and can never be an… Continue reading Ten Principles for Good Design from Dieter Rams
Is Raleigh getting ugly, or is it just me? Raleigh is quickly looking like a second-tier replica city dictated by developer's profit margins. All of our new housing developments are plywood wrapped in terrible materials; they're poorly designed, unfriendly to the street, and, frankly, an eyesore. Elan City Center could be one of those at Clark+Oberlin, on N Boylan, S… Continue reading Quick Ugly Housing = Future Affordable Housing?
The City of Raleigh is spending $12 million to revamp Moore Square, one of two downtown green spaces. While the space needs an upfit to reflect the world-class status Raleigh is working towards, I believe there are smaller steps the city could take to attract crowds and increase revenue. Restaurants, shops, and a children's museum… Continue reading Food Truck Proposal for Raleigh’s Moore Square