Products of Urbanism

Friday, March 10, 2023 / 11:30a - 12:30p/ TVLab

Bryan Boyer, Jeffrey Anderson, Nneka Sobers 

When must a mason invent their own hammer? When must a community organizer create their own way to gather local sentiment? Architects, Urban Planners, and Urban Designers generally are not in the business of creating tools. Instead they predominantly work via a model of service delivery, providing assistance to paying clients, utilizing pre-existing tools like AutoCAD and Rhino. Product design, by contrast is, more common in the sphere of technology and involves the creation of apps and tools such as those mentioned above. Products of Urbanism is a discussion about what it means to make product for the disciplines of the built environment, how products can reshape practices, and why more architects, planners, and designers should be involved in making products.