I write and teach to show how institutions and designs can help communities thrive under stress.
This focus grew from many years of reporting on the drama that happens when design meets budgets and politics start raining down. I write about how cities get greener for the New York Times as an essayist and a reporter, for the Atlantic, and for many leading publications. My 2011 Times Op-Ed, "New York's Green Grid," helped crystallize the focus of AllBeforeUs. We're grasping for new agreements in complex systems. Stories and workshops shed light on hopeful links.
In spring 2018, I taught a Discourse section of Business and Its Publics, a requisite first-year undergraduate course at NYU's Stern School of Business. Before NYU, I taught the capstone class in Pratt Institute's Sustainable Environmental Systems program from 2011 through 2017. While at Pratt, I ran a committee for evaluating interdisciplinary work, and delivered writing workshops for Pratt students in related disciplines. I've written white papers on energy efficiency, arts investment and tech investment that explore how truly sustainable approaches to city life emphasize human contact and legible systems.
I grew up in New York City, as did my wife (and parents and sister). I live in a vertical small town in Lower Manhattan with my wife and two kids.