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 […]

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 […]

The Potential of Platforms

I’m often asked for my opinion or direct assistance to increase engagement in cities and their spaces or services, or even across a company’s existing offering. Frequently, the thing being discussed is quantified as a “product”, a fixed end result of the effort. There’s nothing wrong with the word in itself – shipping product is […]

Private vs Public: Space, Sharing, Trust and Design – A Talk at Social Cities Amsterdam

Tension between the private and public realm was a recurring component of last autumn’s news, as the users of public space and the stewards of those spaces, both private and municipal, clashed during the Occupy protests. The protests themselves bore the marks of tense private vs public realities, given the immense and disproportionate stores of […]

Roadsworth Book Released

The pleasure of being asked by Roadsworth to write the introduction to the first book chronicling his work was only outdone by seeing the Roadsworth book itself when it arrived in the mail recently. I’ve followed Roadsworth’s work with great interest and appreciation over the years. His sense of play and imagination in his reworking of the […]