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If you've ever heard of William H. Whyte, you know what I do on a daily basis.
"Holly" Whyte was, in many ways, an anthropologist by proxy. He observed how people used the public spaces of New York City and came to some impactful conclusions - the least of which was applied to the now-famous Bryant Park pictured here.
Through direct observations of how people move through space, interact with the built environment, and socialize with each other (physically and now digitally), it was possible to improve urban planning and policy to create cities for people. And it still is.
I strive to continue this work wherever I go, constantly observing my surroundings in order to better understand human behavior in cities. When we think of these places as our habitats as a species - I believe we can make them better for everyone.
ETHNOGRAPHY OF PLACE
EACH PLACE IS UNIQUE
By applying anthropological methods of direct observation (video and/or in-person), and participant observation, I can formulate the "story" of the place in question. Whether in advance of a project or after a project is completed, this pre/post analysis provides insight into the
successes - and opportunities for improvement - in a public space.
Building a "city by bike" is one of the healthiest and sustainable things we can do in the 21st century. Providing safe, protected opportunities for people to get around - however that may be - is only beneficial for everyone. Analyzing your city's cycling trends, including anthropological behavioral analysis of current bicycle ridership, sets you up for cycling success.
Advocacy, education, outreach
Whether panels, guest lectures, or workshop facilitation, spreading the word about good urban design is something I feel very strongly about. This kind of culture change can be directed at students, a conference hall, or the general public. Subjects I've talked about include smart cities, urban history, urban observation techniques, and complete streets.