Don’t Repair Infrastructure, Reprogram it for New Use

In conjunction with the arrival of the Reprogramming the City book, Metropolis asked me to write an Op-Ed / Opinion piece for them: “By Simply Repairing Infrastructure, We’re Missing Huge Opportunities to Make Cities More Resilient and Responsive to Citizens’ Needs” which outlines why reprogramming existing assets is such a vital need for cities.

Reprogramming the City by Scott Burnham

Reprogramming the City Book Now Available

The culmination of years of research, exhibition, and projects, the Reprogramming the City book is now available! “Anyone reading Scott Burnham’s essential book will emerge reassured by the transformative power of agency and creativity in the world’s urban centers that is still within our grasp.”  – Renée Loth, Editor, AchitectureBoston Reprogramming the City is a 214-page, full-color collection …

Read moreReprogramming the City Book Now Available

Plumbers Made the Terracotta Army Possible – The Power of Repurposing Skills

There is tremendous power in the cross-pollination of skills and their application. Mastering a skill or craft is a great achievement, but the full potential of a skill is often unrealized when it is not applied outside a specific discipline. History is full of repurposed skill sets resulting in exceptional achievements when applied to areas …

Read morePlumbers Made the Terracotta Army Possible – The Power of Repurposing Skills

Adopt a Creative Strategy from Baseball: “Make the adjustment before the pitcher does.”

Yesterday I was thinking about a line I read in the book Chipper Jones, BallPlayer: “Make the adjustment before the pitcher does.” It’s powerful advice that applies far beyond baseball. Making an adjustment to respond to what is going to come your way before it arrives. It’s a lesson I’ve applied to my creative practice …

Read moreAdopt a Creative Strategy from Baseball: “Make the adjustment before the pitcher does.”

Note of Appreciation:
Last Remaining Overhead Cable, Oslo

Everything is a “last remaining” at some point. In 2016, the last remaining journalists still working on London’s “newspaper row”, Fleet Street, left. There are last remaining survivors from moments in history. Last remaining descendants of famous figures. Last remaining businesses in areas once filled with their trade. Newspapers love “last remaining” stories. The articles …

Read moreNote of Appreciation:
Last Remaining Overhead Cable, Oslo

Reprogramming the City by Scott Burnham

Reprogramming the City: THE BOOK

UPDATE: The Reprogramming the City book is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! The book features the most innovative projects from the five Reprogramming the City exhibitions and initiatives I’ve created to date, along with a curated selection of new projects that reprogram existing urban assets for additional use. From billboards in Lima, Peru, repurposed to generate clean …

Read moreReprogramming the City: THE BOOK

New Writings in The Guardian and others on Repurposing Urban Infrastructure

It’s been a tremendously busy  autumn, but I’ve finally found some time to collect the links from recent articles I’ve written on repurposing existing urban infrastructure and how design approaches should change to increase connectivity and creative capital in cities. These links and many more appear on my Writing page, but for quick access, here’s …

Read moreNew Writings in The Guardian and others on Repurposing Urban Infrastructure