My research springs from a curiosity about cities—what makes them alike and different, how people live in them, where we find inspiration to change them. At root I am interested in the temporality of cities, both in how they change over time, and how they reflect and amplify change. I am also fundamentally interested in how people shape, and are shaped by, the urban landscapes that surround them.
Most of the work that I do as an urbanist falls into the areas of inquiry below. These are by no means discrete categories; research is by nature promiscuous and open-ended. Moreover, research and practice are closely entwined for me; it is not only that they inform each other, but that practice is itself a mode of research and research a mode of practice. I often refer to this as a "critical urban practice."