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Dialogue 16: Matt Coolidge, Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), Los Angeles

The key intention behind meeting Matt Coolidge, founder & director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) was to meet with an independent organisation that has an outstanding ability to leverage the learning capital inherent within the recognition, curation of and engagement with, public space and environmental heritage. The CLUI is a dedicated research and … Continue reading

Dialogue 15: Tim Higgins, City Lab, UCLA

I met with Harrison (Tim) Higgins, associate Director and Researcher in Architecture and Urban Design at CITY LAB – located with UCLA’s architecture school – with a view to gaining an understanding of the commercial potential of community design centers. In the UK, many live ‘project offices’ as they were more traditionally known, closed due to a lack of … Continue reading

Dialogue 13: Tim Smith, California College of the Arts

Tim Smith is one of the key educators within the pioneering MBA in Design Strategy at the California College of the Arts. This unique course aims to enable designers from a broad range of disciplines, to become the next generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful. The curriculum … Continue reading

Dialogue 12: Seth Watchel, University of San Francisco

The Architecture and Community Design Program at the University of San Francisco has an inspired manifesto. The program draws from the university’s diverse resources and faculty to form a unique interdisciplinary curriculum of study, which reflects the university’s mission and commitment to building community for a more just and humane world. This interdisciplinary program emphasizes … Continue reading

Dialogue 11: John Peterson, Public Architecture, San Francisco

Public Architecture is a national non-profit architecture office based in San Francisco. It engages architecture firms with other non-profits and manufacturers to commit to designing for the public good through its nationally recognized 1% program, which acts to bring about positive community change through public-interest design initiatives and pro bono design service grants. The 1% … Continue reading