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Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom | TED.com

Barry Schwartz’s 2009 TED speech ties in with many of the discussions we have been having here at the GCCDS about values, ethics, service, and leadership. – – – About this talk Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for “practical wisdom” as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that … Continue reading

Seminar #4: Design, ethics, and the naturalistic fallacy

Read more posts about architecture in Archispeak. [See the archive]. A wonderful thing about the Spring studio we have here is a weekly seminar in which the students (a mixed group from MSU, UT, and BAC) and many of the GCCDS staff talk about architecture. This year, we’re also carrying into the seminar some ideas … Continue reading

‘Biloxi Treehouse Project’ published in Cityscape

Guess what! I recently had an article published. It’s in a HUD journal called Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research. About Cityscape: The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is published three times a year by the … Continue reading

Values, pt. 1: Positioning our Work

‘Values, pt. 1: Positioning our Work’ The ‘Values Meal’ studio dinner on November 12 began a series of conversations about our individual values as designers and citizens and our collective values as the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio. A community design studio must discover the best way to position its work. As part of our … Continue reading

Doug Nelson: ‘No small plans’

Thanks to Seth for referring me to Douglas Nelson’s speech at the Enterprise Community Partners Conference in Baltimore on November 20. Speaking to an audience of community development professionals, Nelson outlines the “under-acknowledged, under-analyzed, and misunderstood” impact of economic globalization on American communities. He identifies a coming turning point in America, and urges the community … Continue reading

Maurice Cox: ‘Design for All’

Coming rather late, here are my notes and thoughts from Maurice Cox’s October 13th lecture at the Tulane University School of Architecture. Maurice was my architecture studio professor in the spring of 4th year, and I’ve run into him since through his involvement with the City of Moss Point, Mississippi. He’s a brilliant guy, so … Continue reading