I am an urban strategist and writer behind initiatives in over a dozen cities worldwide.
My most recent initiative, Reprogramming the City, a global exploration of how the city’s existing structures, surface and systems can be repurposed to do more, has appeared at the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, Sweden, the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA, and the Virginia Center for Architecture, Richmond, VA. The latest version of the project is currently being developed for Oslo, Norway.
I lecture frequently in numerous countries and have addressed The World Bank, The World Urban Development Congress, and many other institutions and organizations, as well as serving as a visiting instructor for the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. I am the author of Finding the Truth in Systems: In Praise of Design Hacking, Editor and Co-Author of Urban Play, Editor of the Trust Design series with Volume Magazine, the forthcoming Reprogramming the City book, and a contributor to a number of publications ranging from The Guardian to Architizer.
When I’m not working to manifest new ideas in the city itself, I create exhibitions to explore important ideas. To date, I have created and curated more than 30 exhibitions around the world on topics spanning architecture, urban culture, design and urban innovation.
After 16 years living and working in eight cities and five countries, I’ve returned to Boston, where I am now based.
In recognition of my work, I was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce in London in 2010.