1 July

A Call for [More] Collaboration

More than 180,000 people move from a rural area to a city every day. In the next four decades, one out of every two people will move from the countryside to the city. This global migration will generate challenges beyond our comprehension – challenges that will stretch us to collaborate with others well beyond our […]

19 May

Charrette: An Aerial View

Posted by in Collaboration, Diversity

Cities influence the world. Read anything about the future of society, and you will likely hear about a world that is becoming increasingly more urban. For instance, it is estimated that over the next 30 years, urban populations in the majority world will increase by 5.5 million people each month, according to the United Nations […]

15 April

Teamwork: Easier Said Than Done

Posted by in Collaboration

Collaboration has become a buzzword in today’s workplaces. The underlying assumption: the sum of collaborative efforts will be greater in quality, quantity or speed than what any individual effort could carry out. However, no collaboration – great or small – will happen without productive teamwork. Teamwork builds a foundation upon which the framework of collaboration can […]

8 March

Picturing Impossible, Possible

Does this look like a picture of a world-class, cosmopolitan city to you? Probably not. I shot this panorama from a local bridge where I like to run. It doesn’t reflect the modernity of Berlin like these photos of Berlin do, but, for me, it gives an unpolished glimpse of a city in progress. Berlin is a constantly […]

4 March

Get to Know the City

When I seek to understand a city, I try to balance three sources of input: written material (stories, history, studies, etc.), talking to people (first-hand understanding), and walking the streets (my own feeling, sensing, observing).

There are several categories, general and specific, that I seek to understand: