Announcing Third Wave Urbanism: A Podcast on the New Normal of Livable Cities

I am so excited to announce the launch of my first major project in a long time – a new podcast hosted with Kristen Jeffers of TheBlackUrbanist.com. We’re deciding to call it Third Wave Urbanism based on the notion that in today’s globalized world the “new normal” of livable cities for everyone is not something that… Read More Announcing Third Wave Urbanism: A Podcast on the New Normal of Livable Cities

On Placemaking: An Anthropologist’s Perspective

Placemaking. It’s been called everything from a buzzword to a movement. It even comes in varieties like “creative.” And, depending on who you ask, it’s two words and not one. But what is it? And furthermore, what makes it such a hot topic? Defining placemaking has been one of its biggest issues from day one.… Read More On Placemaking: An Anthropologist’s Perspective

Everyday Urbanism: Why We are All Urbanists

I call myself an urbanist, but what does that really mean? Being an urbanist is not something that requires a rigidly defined body of knowledge. There is no degree for urbanism, no certificate or qualifying test. Urbanists come from a myriad of disciplines: sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, economists, city planners (and other such “-ists” and “-ers”… Read More Everyday Urbanism: Why We are All Urbanists

Urban Green Space: Past, Present, and Future

Turkey’s ongoing developments in Taksim Square in the heart of Istanbul could not be more pertinent to my personal research, but also have important ramifications for all of us and the future of urban design. Two years after the Arab Spring events we are witnessing another similar uprising in a large urban plaza filled with… Read More Urban Green Space: Past, Present, and Future

Recent Protests in Public Space: It’s All About Equity

#ericgarner #Icantbreathe #whyblacklivesmatter #crimingwhilewhite All of these have topped the Twitter trending charts in recent days, and for good reason. The reactions in the last two weeks over the grand jury decisions on the deaths of Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson have started both online campaigns and important conversations… Read More Recent Protests in Public Space: It’s All About Equity

Livable Portland? A New Plan

There’s something brewing in Portland, and it’s probably not what you’d expect. As we speak, planners and stakeholders are currently working on arguably the most important planning document since 1988: the Central City Plan 2035. Technically open to the public, the planning process has been comparatively quiet. After the charrette process, it has now transitioned… Read More Livable Portland? A New Plan