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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Power of “This Could Be…”

During recent talks in Oslo and Malmö, I’ve been showing how a simple shift in thinking can open awareness and generate new possibilities. My goal in that specific part of the presentation is to get audiences to expand their thinking about how existing urban assets could be used in different ways, but the “conditional thinking” approach is an …

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Reprogramming the City billboard in Copenhagen

Reprogramming the City Goes to Copenhagen

The ways in which Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure has resonated since its launch in Boston last year  at the Boston Society of Architects BSA Space Gallery has been fantastic. I had the opportunity to talk to mayors from around the world about leveraging the potential of existing urban assets, and was invited to share some ideas on the …

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Scott Burnham delivering the keynote on maximizing available urban resources at MIPIM Global Mayors Think Tank, Cannes, France

“Nations talk. Cities act.” Five Insights from the MIPIM Mayor’s Think Tank in Cannes

For those who wonder what is on the mind of the world’s mayors, last week’s MIPIM Mayor’s Think Tank in Cannes, France was a rare opportunity to discover just that. In the Salon Royale of the Cannes Majestic Hotel, mayors and officials from cities around the world gathered to talk about what their cities were …

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