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cities | Oct 26th, 2016

Eric Klinenberg in the New Obama-Edited Issue of Wired: On the Power of Community in Overcoming Climate Change

The new issue of WIRED magazine—which focuses on new frontiers in technology—was guest-edited by President Barack Obama. Featured in the magazine is a piece by social scientist and Lavin speaker Eric Klinenberg, who raises an interesting argument: In combating climate change, community may be just... Continue Reading →
cities | Oct 6th, 2016

Happier Cities Just Make Sense: Charles Montgomery Talks to The Guardian

As populations continue to urbanize, the debate rages as to how to best streamline our cities for productivity. But another question—one stemming from an emerging field—is now beginning to take hold: How can we be happier in cities? Urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery is the author of the... Continue Reading →
cities | Sep 8th, 2015

Welcome to Morph City: Kent Larson Engineers Our Urban Future

Kent Larson—director of the Changing Places Group at the MIT Media Lab—walks us through the smart, sustainable, and mechatronic cities of tomorrow in this inspiring new video from Politico Magazine. As one of the world’s most creative urban innovators, Larson is re-imagining how we might live and... Continue Reading →
cities | Feb 9th, 2015

Science and the City: Charles Montgomery Builds a Better Way of Life

Urban experimentalist and Happy City author Charles Montgomery took abandoned spaces in New York City and reformed them into an living laboratory. In his inspiring TEDxVancouver talk (embedded above), Montgomery opens up about bringing together the right ingredients to build a social, and therefore... Continue Reading →
cities | Apr 6th, 2014

Charles Montgomery: An Engaged City is a Happy City [VIDEO]

For those who ignore their surroundings, for those who think cities are simply infrastructural boxes storing people and jobs, Charles Montgomery’s new video (embedded above) will come as a shot in the arm. The urban experimentalist and Happy City author presents the city as a force for good—a force... Continue Reading →
cities | Dec 3rd, 2013

What We Wish For: Candy Chang's Before I Die Project Featured on CNN

Candy Chang's Before I Die installations—chalkboard walls where members of the community can share their thoughts, hopes, and dreams—are “one of the most creative community projects ever” (The Atlantic). To celebrate the recent release of the Before I Die book, CNN asked Chang to talk about the most... Continue Reading →
cities | Nov 4th, 2013

Celebrating Public Spaces—in Print: Candy Chang’s New Book, Before I Die, is Out Today

The book version of Candy Chang’s famous public space project, Before I Die, is out today—and reviews are already pouring in. Publishers Weekly hails it as “a powerful and valuable reminder that life is for the living.” (Anyone who’s seen a wall in person, or viewed Candy’s memorable TED Talk, will... Continue Reading →
cities | Oct 9th, 2013

Build a Better Block: New Speaker Jason Roberts On Improving Your Community

"If someone just stands up and takes an initiative," cities speaker Jason Roberts says in the TEDxOU talk embedded above, "and starts just giving everyone an idea to change their perception of a place it makes a huge difference." Roberts is one of our new speakers and the founder of the Better Block... Continue Reading →
cities | Sep 29th, 2013

New Keynote: Speaker Richard Florida On The Dawn Of The Creative Economy

"Between 1980 and today," cities speaker Richard Florida tells his audience at the Stanley Theater in Utica, NY, "even with one of the greatest crises in world history, the United States added 20 million new jobs in the creative sector of the economy." This shift toward a "creative economy" has been... Continue Reading →
cities | Aug 28th, 2013

Solo Living On The Rise: Cities Speaker Eric Klinenberg On The Shift

Even despite economic hardship after the recent recession, "Americans will [still] pay a premium to have a place of their own," cities speaker Eric Klinenberg told The Los Angeles Times. The independence gained from living alone has become increasingly valued in America today. Solo living is no... Continue Reading →
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