My life has taken an unexpected turn in the last week. I was approached by a professor I had in undergrad to join her architecture travel studio to Hanoi, Vietnam next month to add the perspective of an urban planner. The travel studio is an international design competition between 10 universities from all over the world such as ETH Zurich, TU Delft or UC Berkeley. My team from The University of Michigan will develop a master plan proposal for high density housing and sustainable urban agriculture to accommodate 100,000 people living and working on a one square kilometer site in Hanoi, Vietnam.Read More
John Rahaim, the Planning Director of San Francisco and a University of Michigan Alumnus, spoke to Master of Urban Planning students at the University of Michigan a few weeks back. The auditorium was packed with both students and faculty eager to hear what he had to say about the future of planning in San Francisco.
One comment he made caught my attention:
If folks hate what you did, you've done the right thing. If they like it, you've probably done it wrong.