Observations from Wandering Cities

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

Take the Mobile Device Dependency Quiz.

Do you suffer from Mobile Device dependency? My smartphone is a curse and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. Take the test to see if you have a problem relationship with your mobile device:  What's your score? Swap out "Mobile Device" with "Alcohol" and that's the same test medical professionals… Continue reading Take the Mobile Device Dependency Quiz.

Philly Monuments

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

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 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

Ten Principles for Good Design from Dieter Rams

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

Quick Ugly Housing = Future Affordable Housing?

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?

Uber Can Do Anything As Long As We Buy What They Sell

Uber is a private company. They set pricing, company values, and customer service. If a company run by a pretty awful bro turns a blind eye to assaults, has no respect for consumer privacy, and touts a price-gouging (dynamic) business model, then make the decision to not support them. Like every other private company, they will only be around as long… Continue reading Uber Can Do Anything As Long As We Buy What They Sell