Posts Tagged ‘community design’

Earlier this summer, The Brookings Institution released a great paper discussing the problem of transit and jobs. Basically, the authors say transit exists where the jobs are but not where people live so people have a hard time actually getting from residential areas to employment centers.


Woman at party says “I have seen your work.” I think jokingly “am I famous? are the paparazzi hunting me down?” At that party [tonight 9/24/2010] a few years ago, I was reminded of how small the circle of black women architects is. I was standing in a room of affordable housing/community development folks and […]


Urban Rest Stop

28Aug12

It is a great thing to see a community come together to support those who can’t do for the themselves. One of the great examples of this is Seattle’s Urban Rest Stop. The idea came about in 1990 after a survey found that Seattle had almost no public rest rooms. The Low Income Housing Institute, […]


Urban Rest Stop

28Aug12

It is a great thing to see a community come together to support those who can’t do for the themselves. One of the great examples of this is Seattle’s Urban Rest Stop. The idea came about in 1990 after a survey found that Seattle had almost no public rest rooms. The Low Income Housing Institute, […]


false dichotomy

01Nov11

Girl Scouts holding a lizard (nature!) at campPhoto by K Williams A week ago my thoughts were all on green. Thursday I attended the Sustainable Industries Economic Forum. The gathering focused on the “Access Economy: an emerging economic development and business model that fosters less consuming, more sharing, and real-time customer feedback”. Saturday I attended […]


I had a conversation recently discussing the state of community design and design centers. I argued that design centers needed to jump into the web 2.0 world. My colleague argued that no one is interested in and that there wouldn’t be much dialogue. I find it hard to believe that I am the only one looking to see what community design centers and individuals are doing in their work. It’s nice to go to a website and see pretty pictures of finished projects but the web offers a great way to document the process. It can tell the story.