This year I finally tackled something on my 'Bucket List' - visit Oktoberfest in Munich.
When Ben and I realized we would be in Europe during Oktoberfest, we reached out to one of my friends from high school, Theresa, who I met through our school's German exchange program. Her and her new husband Daniel (congrats!) joined us in celebrating Oktoberfest in the Hacker Pschorr tent. Fortunate for us, he was a seasoned Oktoberfest vet and got us where we needed to go. Read More
This semester, I am working with two School of Information students to assist the City of Jackson, Michigan improve Master Plan Public Involvement.
From our interviews and research, we found two key barriers to citizen engagement in master planning in Jackson. First, citizens do not understand the master plan and why they should participate. Second, the cost of participation is very high (attending meetings and design charrettes). In this phase we focussed on solving the first problem by designing an infographic to present the complex master planning process in simple and easy to understand format. Read More
Technology can be great, but I am starting to wonder who is going to cater to those who aren't "connected?" Between articles I find online about a new and improved way to live in a city and my own attempt to engage the public of Jackson, MI in the master planning process, it seems the solution always comes back to "use technology." Read More
The driving force of this particular trip was how we could address earthquake mitigation strategies through urban design. An earthquake, of a 7.0 magnitude or higher, is expected to hit Turkey in the next decade or two. The last one hit in 1999, causing over $6 Billion dollars in damage, and killing an estimated 20,000-30,000 people in its wake. Previously, there were no precautionary measures or emergency procedures for dealing with earthquakes in Istanbul. Times are changing, and this is now a top priority for the city. Read More
This design consists of chalkboard pathways and walls in the Great Hall that prompt people with specific questions and suggestions, incorporating social media to continue the conversation outside the station and forge connections that would never have been made under ordinary circumstances. By doing so, this concept creates a niche for Union Station as a place to gather and disseminate information as well as people.“How will we get people to divert from their typical path? By creating a path of our own that anyone can leave their mark on.” Read More
There tends to be a large disconnect in the US between where you buy your food and where it comes from. As an American, when I wake up to make breakfast I walk from my bedroom to my kitchen that is furnished with the standard cheap-apartment appliances: a fridge, stove, oven, microwave, and more electrical appliances than I even know how to properly operate. I open the fridge, grab a gallon of milk, a carton of eggs, some veggies from the crisper, and a bag of shredded cheese. I bought all these things over a week ago, because that is how grocery shopping is done in the United States. Once a week (or maybe every two weeks if you love Costco) you load up your car with sale items and staples to cart them home to your refrigerator and pantry. Once you are stocked up, there is no need to return to the grocery store - in fact, you may even dread the thought of having to run to the store to grab just a single item you are out of. Read More