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Tuesday
Sep042012

The New Urban Planning: Look Upward, not Outward

Super tall buildings like Gensler's Shanghai Tower, which is currently under construction, can help urban planners think in vertical terms instead of horizontal ones.

I like to think of myself as a nomadic architect. I've travelled around Asia for almost 30 years, doing work in many different countries and emerging markets, and learning more than I ever could have anticipated.

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Wednesday
Jul252012

Hey…Leave my third place alone!

Many of our current workplaces are designed around connection, an important shift that unfolded over the past two decades. As leadership moved from command and control to a more collaborative model, our work became increasingly defined by team goals and projects. We needed that contact to make our work relevant and ensure our individual tasks remained on course with a larger purpose. But design for connection, aided by mobile technology, pushed a lot of the focus work out. It had to go somewhere, so it started invading our personal lives, our personal spaces and our cities.

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Friday
Jul132012

Urban Art and Its Effects on People

At Jessica Stockholder's new art installation in Chicago, a bystander takes a moment to become part of the piece.

Anyone’s who’s travelled to Chicago in the past few years has probably been exposed to The Chicago Loop Alliance’s Art Loop Project, which is currently in its third year of existence.

Anyone’s who’s travelled to Chicago in the past few years has probably been exposed to The Chicago Loop Alliance’s Art Loop Project, which is currently in its third year of existence.

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Tuesday
May082012

Can Cities Make Us Healthy? (A Response)

In my last post on the connection between cities and health I outlined what I see as both an opportunity and a challenge around healthy cities. Health benefits from the increased walking and cycling that urban areas can promote have been well documented. Policy makers, developers and designers are taking this to heart in some really exciting ways.

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Friday
Apr062012

Can cities make us healthier?

Amid all the discussion about the future of healthcare, there’s a side discussion that’s gaining momentum. Healthcare is one thing; health is another. Talking about health means addressing the way we live, work, consume – forming a discussion around prevention rather than treatment. If we really want to reduce the cost of healthcare, prevention is the big opportunity.

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