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Creative CEO: Architect Bjarke Ingels on Getting Your Idea Across the Finish Line

Renowned architect Bjarke Ingels ruminates on his professional journey, where he gets his inspiration, and collaborating with “generous personalities.”

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A Conversation With UrbanLab’s Chris Socha on How Design Creates Vibrancy in Public Spaces

UrbanLab architect Chris Socha is bringing his vision of placemaking to life in Milwaukee. Find out how his interconnected, sustainable, experience-focused designs are revitalizing the city.

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Creative CEO: How Cool-Girl Gelareh Mizrahi Broke the Mold in Luxury Handbags

Designer Gelareh Mizrahi shares how life lessons from improv and letting the creative process bloom took her from concept to international brand in under a year—and keep her at the top of the game today.

The exterior of the Mainzer.

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Rebuilding Downtown Merced, California: A Q&A With Robin Donovan & Sara Cribari Hill

Michael Bonadies

Robin Donovan and Sara Cribari Hill are on a mission to reshape downtown Merced and drive economic growth through community-centered development.

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Essential Education: Resources on the Intersection of Race and Urbanism

By learning and listening more, we can all do better to promote equality and inclusivity. Here are some things to read, watch, and listen to that examine how race and urban planning intertwine.

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Off-Court Impact: A Conversation With Detroit Pistons SVP of Marketing Alicia Jeffreys

Detroiters love the Pistons and the Pistons love them back. Marketing maestro Alicia Jeffreys tells us how the team is making an impact in the Motor City.

Creative CEO Shannon Washburn.

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Creative CEO: Shinola’s Shannon Washburn on Inspiration, Agility, & Detroit’s Can-Do Spirit

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Shinola CEO Shannon Washburn recounts her entrepreneurial ups and downs. What jumpstarts her creativity? The people she works with and a positive mindset.

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Steven Meiner on Economic Development and Public Safety in Miami Beach

The Miami Beach vice mayor and commissioner talks economic development, public safety, and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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A Q&A With the Founders of WellTech Retail and Last-Mile Fulfillment Platform wellness.global

Nicole Lindquist

wellness.global is bringing smart tech, innovation in last-mile fulfillment, and social consciousness to the world of wellness.

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Creative CEO: Dan Doctoroff on the New Set of Challenges for Post-Pandemic Cities

Rana Florida

Sidewalk Labs CEO and innovation expert Dan Doctoroff details his life in business and politics and provides advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Urban congestion overload.

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Post-Pandemic Cities: Fighting Congestion in the E-Commerce Age

Phil Hanrahan

Urban freight expert Dr. Anne Goodchild explores the problem of urban congestion and the promising solutions on the horizon, including innovations in last-mile logistics and freight optimization.

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Delivering During the Pandemic: A Day in the Life of a UPS Driver

Phil Hanrahan

Beloved by his customers, Greg Watkins has been a UPS delivery driver for 25 years. Find out how this essential worker is navigating through record delivery volumes.

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Logistics City: A Q&A With Laetitia Dablanc

Urban planner Laetitia Dablanc discusses logistics hotels, supply chain sustainability, and the future of urban logistics in the face of explosive and growing demand for freight.

Ask an Urbanist - Mark Falcone

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Mark Falcone on Rome, Housing, and Local Distinction

The founder of Continuum Partners—a famed community-first property development firm—talks innovations, observations, & global tech homogeneity.

Movember Canada Country Director Todd Minerson

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Physical Distance, Social Connection: An Interview With Movember’s Todd Minerson

Hannah Swinkin

Todd Minerson wanted to be an income tax lawyer. Now, he’s changing the face of men’s health at Movember, the world’s #1 men’s health fundraiser.

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Mera Rubell on Art, iPhones, and Compassionate Communities

Philanthropist and patron of the Miami arts scene Mera Rubell talks building better communities and living in the now.

Deuki Hong - The Sunday Family

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Deuki Hong on Being His Sunday Best

Michael Bonadies

Sunday Bird’s executive chef/owner is a pro at creating great food and warm experiences. But operating a not-for-profit business? That’s a whole different ball game—and it comes with a side of spam musubi.

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Michael Osadon on Progress (& Problems) in the Digital Age

Michael Osadon, co-founder of last-mile delivery innovator Bond, talks technology, Tel Aviv, and helping each other out.

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Creative CEO: George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg on Decision-Making and Noble Pursuits

The CEOs behind international interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg talk business and creativity with Rana Florida.

Headshot of urbanist and museum curator Adam Lerner

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Adam Lerner on the Russian Revolution, Rock ‘n Roll, and the Real Crisis

With over 20 years as a renowned curator, Adam Lerner knows a thing or two about the intersection of life and art.

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Climate Action on the Urban Front: Toward Greener, Healthier, More Resilient Cities

Phil Hanrahan

The Aspen Institute’s Greg Gershuny tells us about what’s new in the fight against climate change and how cities are helping to make the difference.

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