Wicked Design Problems

socially conscious design ideas for inspiration

A new kind of gender equity

Discussing gender equity in current times has evolved beyond the earlier arguments advanced by the ’70s feminist theories that were premised upon privileging the rights of one gender over another, which … Continue reading

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New chapter, new direction

        Sometimes it only takes a hint of an idea, and a gentle nudge from your mentor to walk the route of a PhD candidate, but it’s important to … Continue reading

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Casting an architectural lens on disaster reconstruction

This paper which was recently published in an international publication: Disaster Prevention and Management, provides an introduction to the key findings of my PhD research on the role of architects … Continue reading

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An argument for open source

Recently, Jacquie brought my attention to this article which is about how Robert David Steel, a former CIA spy agent, left the intelligence agency to speak up about the need to reinvent intelligence … Continue reading

2014/06/29 · Leave a comment

Learning to slow down

Every time I go into a bookstore to pick up a greeting card for someone for a special occasion, like a birthday, I always stop when I come across the one … Continue reading

2014/06/27 · Leave a comment

What is empathy?

Some say empathy is similar to sympathy, others say empathy is a lot like compassion. Empathy is definitely not apathy. This empathy is… series is inspired by Kim Casali’s “Love … Continue reading

2014/06/21 · Leave a comment

[Event] Learning from Urban Disasters: Rethinking the Role of Architects in the 21st century

It’s official! The details have been posted, and the Berkeleyans have been notified. Where will you be when “the big one” strikes? Alex will base her talk on her doctoral … Continue reading

2014/04/12 · Leave a comment

From Architecture + Women to OWA

I first met Wendy at a conference three years ago while presenting my preliminary research findings at UC Berkeley. There was something remarkable about the brief interaction we had that day, and … Continue reading

2014/02/22 · Leave a comment

Design Ethics in Disasters

A long time friend and colleague, Tim Culvahouse, is the Chief Editor of ArcCA, a quarterly journal of AIA California. After I had talked to him about the latest findings … Continue reading

2012/10/23 · Leave a comment

The humanitarian architect

We hosted Architecture for Humanity CEO Cameron Sinclair in 2011 as the International Architect in Residence at The University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning. The school hosted Cameron … Continue reading

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