Redesigning Cities With a Better Understanding of Well-Being, Identity, and History


Friday, November 7, 2014, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

dark streetAsh Center Student Speaker Series

Edgar Mora Altamirano, MC/Mason ’14 and Matthew Teismann, MDS ’15

Lunch will be provided.

About the Event
Our health, happiness, culture, and identity are tied closely – in both cause and effect – to the built environments in which we live. Edgar Mora Altamirano and Matthew Teismann will discuss two unique projects proposing nontraditional measures and considerations in designing physical spaces. The Mayor of Curridabat, Costa Rica, Edgar will discuss a new approach to city planning that connects residents’ experiences, overall well-being, and sense of community to their physical place. Matthew will discuss his efforts to understand the impact of occupation and colonization on the ways of life of Indonesians, namely through the lens of housing. We will explore what is lost when using only the more traditional measures and considerations of urban design, and what can be gained by accounting for historical legacies, culture, and more holistic measures of well-being.

About the Series
The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open to table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at 12 noon in the Ash Center foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided.