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Joining the pandemic

It’s taken me quite some time to digest what has been happening to the world so far in 2020 and to my own life in particular. Like so many others, I’ve been in full WFH mode for a few months now and consider myself very…

Seattle, public space, and libraries

I just got back from a visit to Seattle, where I gave a keynote to facilities developers of large US YMCA’s. This is the second time I’ve been asked to keynote a YMCA event and, until my first talk, I have to say I was…

The contribution of beauty to mental health

I’m going to start catching up on a few things here, beginning with a recent visit to Dallas to keynote a fantastic collaborative meeting held by HKS Architecture and the Dallas Center for BrainHealth, pictured above. It was a great opportunity for me to catch…

The heat is on!

Not only because the weather outside is cooling off but also because of an upcoming book deadline, which explains why my blog has been quiet for some time.  Today I’ve spent some time in my office writing about the near-magical effect of nature exposure on…

Curves are Better

Speaking of curves, I’m going to visit one of my favourite places in Toronto today—the Art Gallery of Ontario.  I’m not sure if I’m more excited about going to see the vaunted Bowie exhibition (probably) or about having a chance to visit Frank Gehry’s fantastic…

The Feeling Value of Lines

This post is a blast from the past at my former blog, You Are Here.  The content is still very much at the top of my mind, though, as I’m more interested than ever in the manner in which simple lines and contours might influence…

Vancouver Bound!

I’m just packing up for a few days in Vancouver.  The main feature event of my trip is this discussion with well-known architect Ian Ross MacDonald on the topic of relationships between architecture and neuroscience.  It was being advertised as a “collision” but now I…