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Architect, Urban Designer, Program Manager
"Fuelled by good design, great ideas, excellent collaborators and decent coffee"
I am an architect, with a masters in urban design. I like to think big while looking at the detail. I am also a program manager, and enjoy working with the minutiae to ensure that a great idea can become a successful solution.
I have, so far, avoided specializing in specific areas of design and have instead worked across the sector - from public libraries to private elementary schools, university administration facilities to a children's museum, affordable housing estate regeneration schemes to high-end loft conversions of heritage buildings.
Most recently I have worked in the non-profit 'public interest design' sector, where I have been able to combine my passion for community-driven design with developing new initiatives for architects to engage directly with people in need.
I believe truly good design can only be created by working directly with people and their communities.
Hi Ramiro! What a great idea! Have you thought about the opportunity to get kids involved too? Maybe through a junior games, if not within the main event. Children don't tend to be members of gyms, so a tie in with local schools would create an opportunity to help educate students about the initiative (and it's important cause) and potentially bring in a few other community members (teachers, parents) into the adult event too. Looking forward to seeing your idea move forward, Anna
This project by the Van Alen Institute and Imperial College London’s Sustainable Society Network may be of interest as you move forward with your research, albeit this is more generically 'built environment' focused: http://www.vanalen.org/elsewhere/
Some blurb on it: Ecologies of Addiction is an interdisciplinary research initiative into the complex relationship between addictive behaviors and the physical environment of the city. Van Alen is collaborating on the first phase with Imperial College London’s Sustainable Society Network (SSN+), and has selected a research team based at King’s College London to investigate how a person’s vulnerability to addiction may be impacted by his or her environment.
“Addictions present a huge challenge, and we think that a better understanding of how they work spatially can shed light on many other aspects of well-being and how it is impacted by environment,” explained Van Alen’s Executive Director David van der Leer.
The team will apparently present their findings in May 2015 at a series of public events in London, and in June 2015 in New York City.
The range of options and possibilities are very exciting. Congratulations on developing such an interesting product. I think the concept of using easily available materials and parts is a very strong one - I hope this becomes realizable in time.