Fred Schwartz and Sir Peter Hall

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014

Fred Schwartz, architect, and Peter Hall, urbanist, have been friends and advisors to CCI from the beginning.  Fred died in April at the age of 63 and Peter died in July at the age of 82.  Both were men of enormous achievement and humanity.  Their bios will remain on our advisory board for some time. […]

Partnership with PROINTEC

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014

CCI is happy to announce its partnership with PROINTEC, an engineering and architecture firm based in Madrid.  From their website:  ”Founded in 1970, PROINTEC is a multinational company reference in the fields of engineering and architecture that also provides consulting services in the areas of infrastructure development, urban planning and environmental review. PROINTEC is the parent company […]

Resilient Cities via Rockefeller Foundation

Posted by on May 28, 2014

I have just come across this project on 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge.  These cities will receive support including a Chief Resilience Officer who will coordinate resilience activities.  I’m not quite sure what this is about but will continue to try to figure it out and report back.  The global network is a sometimes unlikely […]

De-smogging your photo in China

Posted by on May 28, 2014

In Chinese cities where years of wild overdevelopment and disregard for environmental hazards has left people choking – and dying –  CBS News reports today that in a fit of creativity and perhaps hope there is an app that can erase the smog from your photo.   It’s possible to see the world as many […]

Creativity and the City

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014

Please join us for this provocative program at Baruch College on April 2, 2014 at 6.30 pm. April 2 CREATIVITY AND THE CITY: The Arts and Profound Change  “We cannot be a democracy if the power of imagination is allowed to become a luxury commodity.” * Great cities big or small are receptive to the […]

Art, Artists and de Blasio’s New York

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014

Please join us for this program at Baruch College, NYC.  I list here the first two of the three programs.  I will be moderating the second and CCI is the co-sponsor for all three. Arts, Artists, and de Blasio’s New York Co-sponsored by the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and Creative Cities International Mayor […]

Reporting from Times Square

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014

It’s Super Bowl time!  Okay, I must confess that I am not a football fan.  I can manage a slight glimmer of enthusiasm for some teams.  I went to graduate school in Berkeley so I have a fondness for the 49ers.  I worked for the Obama campaign in ’08 and as a side benefit – […]

“…a sacred mission” to serve the people of New York

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013

Mayor-elect de Blasio at his first news conference today, November 6, 2013, and how he translates his opening remarks into Spanish.  He is evidently fairly fluent in Spanish and fluent in Italian.

Can a progressive mayor govern?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013

That is the question everyone including those who voted for him are going to be asking themselves this morning.  Last night Bill de Blasio scored the biggest landslide that anyone can remember.  He was a candidate lost in the mix until he ran an ad featuring his son, Dante, with an afro.  But New York […]

Why Trump in Rio?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013

In August I attended a conference sponsored by the Creative Cities Group, an amalgam of scholars from the University of Campinas and the University of Madrid.  Among the participants were political leaders from Sao Paulo and Rio.  I spoke an activist from Rio about the version of Trump Towers – Trump Towers Rio – being […]