The problems that plague the world are grave, but there is a hope that they can all be solved. The field of planning is broad, the topics perhaps endless; community engagement, comprehensive planning, affordable housing, sustainable development, transportation, regional planning, environmental planning, public health, food systems, economic development, non motorized transportation, public infrastructure, international development. This list could continue. The essence of humanity lie within the listed topics. The issues that humans face could all be found in the listed topics. Without bold thinkers who are leaders in these fields, problems will never be solved.
I am a visionary. When thinking about a project, I think about future generations who will be affected by the design I create in the present. When concepting for ideas, I draw on my life experience and wisdom I have gleaned along the way from others wiser than me. When considering the world’s future, I see myself as part of a new era, one that is sustainable. I consider equity and access. I am a social innovator and a change agent. I am a planner.
My tremendous passion for city planning allows me to be innovative. I am constantly on the lookout for new information about global efforts dealing with improvement of the human condition. As I learn more, and participate in real life planning efforts, I can not help but be captivated by the change that is occurring by simply understanding the needs of others. Ideas flow and are shared. Surrounding myself with a community of like-minded believers in the power planning has allows for a constant flow and growth of ideas. Innovation brings about change. Innovation is a change agent. My greatest desire is to be known for making a difference in the lives of many, to make a change. I will never stop seeking knowledge and will never stop being innovative.
Placemaking is transformative. Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach that directly seeks answers from the community by looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular space in order to discover a community’s needs and aspirations. By capitalizing on a community’s assets, inspiration and potential instead of the negative qualities, incredible public spaces are created to promote the community’s health, happiness and well being. For too many years, development in cities has been concentrated on the automobile, not the people of the city. By adopting Placemaking as both a practice and philosophy, my work is focused on the people and their desires and intent for their space. People have a deep relationship with the place they live in, and fostering an environment where community members feel like they are the authority in the community to make decisions for their future is when a perfect place is created.