We're excited to announce the launch of our very own research think tank: the Urban Data Geeks (UDG) Lab!
Notre. Dame. On. Fire. How mourning the loss of place gives me hope for valuing place…
Last week, I had the honor giving a keynote on Data-Driven Citymaking at Nordic Place Branding Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. I have to say, this was the first conference on place branding I have ever attended. And it got me thinking, what comes first, the place doing or the place telling? Normally, the answer to this would-be riddle would be a no-brainer. Well, there’s nothing to brand if there’s not a place first, right? But after listening to the stories of several places that had previously not been on the map, successfully use place branding to create people-first places, I started to wonder…could you create a place, or at least put the forces in motion needed to do so, simply by telling its (authentic) story?
Last November, while keynoting at the Proptech Norway conference, I met Ronen Journo from WeWork, a fellow keynoter (which was super cool, by the way!) who spoke about how the company was using data to inform their decisions “inside the building." As a data-driven citymaking champion, I was stoked. Well, yesterday, they announced they’d be tinkering with data and urban design - in some yet undisclosed way. So we’d thought we’d give We some concrete ideas for how to use data to create (and locate in) awesome places people love!
How many times do we have to be disappointed by citymaking's next "panacea" before we realize there will NEVER be a silver bullet answer to solving the beautiful, chaotic mess that is a city organism? This might seem odd for a "tech" company to say, but tech alone will NOT save cities - in fact, no one thing alone will save cities! Today, nearly a year after the devastating FIU pedestrian bridge collapse and the fatal Uber autonomous car crash, we revisit the need to "KISS" our way to better places and use tech as a means and not an end.
Hi all, Michelle, here - State of Place, COO. As some of you may know, last Fall, Mariela spiced up the Nordics - not once but twice, at the Oslo Urban Arena and Proptech Norway - sharing her unapologetically impassioned plea for more data-driven placemaking. Now that Scandinavia is thawing out just enough for her Miami-Cuban blood enough not to be totally frozen, she’s up for a double reprise this April! First, she’ll be one of the keynotes at the Nordic Place Branding conference in Stockholm on April 3rd and then she’ll be keynoting the Northwest conference in Alesund, Norway (where she’ll have the unenviable task of following Richard Florida, last year’s keynote!). So we’d thought we’d get your juices flowing by giving you a taste of Mariela’s Ted-style talk! We urge you to watch it in all its spicy glory!