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cities | Oct 26th, 2016

Eric Klinenberg in the New Obama-Edited Issue of Wired: On the Power of Community in Overcoming Climate Change

The new issue of WIRED magazine—which focuses on new frontiers in technology—was guest-edited by President Barack Obama. Featured in the magazine is a piece by social scientist and Lavin speaker Eric Klinenberg, who raises an interesting argument: In combating climate change, community may be just... Continue Reading →
cities | Oct 6th, 2016

Happier Cities Just Make Sense: Charles Montgomery Talks to The Guardian

As populations continue to urbanize, the debate rages as to how to best streamline our cities for productivity. But another question—one stemming from an emerging field—is now beginning to take hold: How can we be happier in cities? Urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery is the author of the... Continue Reading →
cities | Feb 9th, 2015

Science and the City: Charles Montgomery Builds a Better Way of Life

Urban experimentalist and Happy City author Charles Montgomery took abandoned spaces in New York City and reformed them into an living laboratory. In his inspiring TEDxVancouver talk (embedded above), Montgomery opens up about bringing together the right ingredients to build a social, and therefore... Continue Reading →
cities | Apr 6th, 2014

Charles Montgomery: An Engaged City is a Happy City [VIDEO]

For those who ignore their surroundings, for those who think cities are simply infrastructural boxes storing people and jobs, Charles Montgomery’s new video (embedded above) will come as a shot in the arm. The urban experimentalist and Happy City author presents the city as a force for good—a force... Continue Reading →
cities | Dec 3rd, 2013

What We Wish For: Candy Chang's Before I Die Project Featured on CNN

Candy Chang's Before I Die installations—chalkboard walls where members of the community can share their thoughts, hopes, and dreams—are “one of the most creative community projects ever” (The Atlantic). To celebrate the recent release of the Before I Die book, CNN asked Chang to talk about the most... Continue Reading →
cities | Nov 4th, 2013

Celebrating Public Spaces—in Print: Candy Chang’s New Book, Before I Die, is Out Today

The book version of Candy Chang’s famous public space project, Before I Die, is out today—and reviews are already pouring in. Publishers Weekly hails it as “a powerful and valuable reminder that life is for the living.” (Anyone who’s seen a wall in person, or viewed Candy’s memorable TED Talk, will... Continue Reading →
cities | Aug 28th, 2013

Solo Living On The Rise: Cities Speaker Eric Klinenberg On The Shift

Even despite economic hardship after the recent recession, "Americans will [still] pay a premium to have a place of their own," cities speaker Eric Klinenberg told The Los Angeles Times. The independence gained from living alone has become increasingly valued in America today. Solo living is no... Continue Reading →
cities | Jul 16th, 2013

The Case for Air-Conditioning is Made of Hot Air: Eric Klinenberg in TIME

"If you can’t stand the heat, you should know that blasting the AC will ultimately make us all even hotter," climate change speaker Eric Klinenberg warns in TIME: "Today, Americans use twice as much energy for air-conditioning as we did 20 years ago, and more than the rest of the world’s nations,... Continue Reading →
cities | Jul 15th, 2013

Solo In The City: Eric Klinenberg On The Increase Of Urban Singletons

More Americans are choosing to live alone than ever before in history—are the cities they're residing in equipped to handle their unique needs? In Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, cities speaker Eric Klinenberg says that "one in seven American adults now... Continue Reading →
cities | Jun 20th, 2013

Charles Montgomery: Make Your City A Happier Place In 10 Easy Steps

"The city is a behavioral device," Charles Montgomery, the author of Happy City says. "Its shapes and systems alter how we feel, how we see each other, and how we act."  He adds: "This would be a terrible thought if it were not for a second truth, which is that the city is malleable. We can change... Continue Reading →
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