Writing & speaking
The Park Bench: A powerful symbol in the debate for people-friendly spaces
The humble park bench is often taken for granted: you could easily walk past one without so much as a second glance.
But after decades of anonymity, this common piece of street furniture has found itself at the centre of a roaring debate about urban design. It’s become the symbol of resistance for those advocating people-friendly towns and cities, while at the same time being feared as a trigger for anti-social behaviour.... Read on here.
An article I wrote for City Metric.
Service Design Fringe Festival 2018
Invited to share thoughts and insights on my work relating to the 2018 SDFF topic of service design and inclusion.
I explored the question: How might we design streets as a service for social connection? Sharing examples of projects enabling residents to reclaim their streets, leading to an increased sense of belonging and social connection.
You can find a short summary of my talk here.
RSA Engage: Design for Social Impact
Pitching #HackCohesion at RSA Engage Design for Social Impact, October 2017.
How residents can be a powerful force in designing solutions to help communities get along better, when given one weekend + design thinking process + a room full of other residents (strangers) soon to become team mates.
3 space blackfriars
I spoke at 3SPACE BLACKFRIARS about how to 'activate' unloved spaces by unlocking the ideas and energy of local community members.
Active by design
I was asked to speak at the Design Council's Active By Design summit. You can find my slides here.