I write and teach to show how urban design affects peoples' ability to get along 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.
I teach the capstone class in Pratt Institute's Sustainable Environmental Systems degree, head a committee for evaluating interdisciplinary work, and lead writing workshops for Pratt students in related disciplines. I've written white papers on energy efficiency, arts investment and tech investment that have me more convinced that 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.