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Town Hall #72 - Strong Economy - USA

Updated: May 23, 2022

Hosted by Mark Bergin - Founder & CEO of BETTER FUTURE & the Design Exec Club


Rick Bell - Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University in the City of New York

Dan Formosa - Consultant in design / design research / ergonomics / biomechanics

Julia Monk FAIA FIIDA - Hospitality Thought Leader, Architect, Interior Designer

Ronnie Peters - Founder and CEO at 360 DESIGN & Creative Director at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Jon Winebrenner - President & Founder at Hurdler Studios / Creative Director at Sonn Technology


The Economy of Cities - Jane Jacobs, 1970 (Penguin Random House)

Vessel at Hudson Yards


Little Island, Hudson River

The Times Square Reconstruction - Snøhetta (completed 2017)

Bentley Motors

“You can observe a lot just by watching” - Yogi Berra
“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production” - Peter Seeger



“It is refreshing to not get an answer to an unanswerable question” - 0:49:10


“The current school system is based on models that date back to the 1800s when people worked in factories and weren't expected to ask questions” - 0:52:45


“We have to look at the big picture, even if it's overwhelming. Every big thing that we do is made up of a series of steps to get us there and as long as we keep moving forward, eventually we'll make it” - 0:57:24


“If we as designers think about what we can source and use locally and not constantly think on a global level, we will end up creating environments and structures that are unique to the particular environments they inhabit” 0:39:26


“People have started to understand the value of design” - 0:13:42


“No designer should be upset about having a conundrum, being curious and asking the questions” - 0:45:48

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