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Scott Burnham
Works at Scott Burnham Studio
Attended Boston University
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Winding down from a hectic Washington DC - New York - Copenhagen road trip, time to share some photos from my talk at the World Bank on Resiliency.
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Off to Cannes, France to deliver two keynotes at MIPIM on Leveraging Urban Assets and The Future of Urban Infrastructure
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Jesolo beach umbrellas, about to be transformed into public seating units during the prototyping week of Made of Jesolo http://goo.gl/Vxq7Z   #repurpose #design #dayone
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My upcoming project, launching at the Boston Society of Architects BSASpace in June 3013: Reprogramming the City - how urban infrastructure is being re-purposed, reused and reinvented in cities around the world.
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New blogpost announcing the inaugural #oneidea  24-hour Twitter chat in collaboration with MIT CoLab to share ideas from around the world on how to make better use of functional urban spaces and infrastructure. 
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Latest post on The Urban Guide for Alternate Use
With an eye towards a more literal definition of "street level photography", a team of garbage collectors in Hamburg, Germany converted the city's trash bins into giant pinhole cameras. Dubbed the Trashcam Project, the photos are created by drilling a tiny holes into the front of each bin and placing photographic photo paper inside.
With an eye towards a more literal definition of "street level photography", a team o...
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The close of every gig is special; some walks back to the hotel afterwards make it even more so. #MIPIM #Cannes 
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What if your local telephone booth was also an electric vehicle charging station? Or construction scaffolding became a fun place to sit down and eat lunch? Or a roadside billboard became a lush, ai...
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Day Four of repurposing urban objects in Jesolo, Greater Venice, Italy as part of my work here. In this photos, Marie works on the Arduino controller for reprogrammed traffic lights.
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One of many decisive moments of the day - first day of Jesolo design prototypes.
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Just discovered that the BFI, London posted a video of an in-conversation event I did with Jaime Lerner, famed urbanist and former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil. My friend Peter Jenkinson OBE and I ask Lerner some questions and discuss ways in which cities can embrace grassroots innovation.

While the BFI describes the session as "witty and engaging throughout", you can judge for yourself: http://www.bfi.org.uk/live/video/139
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Private vs Public: Space, Sharing, Trust and Design
Tension between the private and public realm was a recurring component of last autumn’s news, as the users of public space and the stewards of those
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Urban Strategist and Writer who has engineered initiatives in 11 cities worldwide. Creator of Reprogramming the City.
Introduction

I am an urban strategist and writer who has engineered initiatives in 11 cities worldwide. I lead a multi-disciplinary research, design and strategy studio that specializes in leveraging existing urban assets to increase economic and entrepreneurial opportunity, expand the capabilities of design, and increase social capital.

My most recent initiative - Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure - was launched on October 1, 2014 at the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Reprogramming the City is a global overview of how the functionality of existing urban assets can be expanded for increased benefit to the city and its residents. A previous version of Reprogramming the City was created for the Boston Society of Architects in 2013 and is currently on tour. Other recent initiatives include the Made of Jesolo design initiative for Jesolo, Greater Venice, Italy, where I pioneered a citywide design strategy to reuse and repurpose existing and discarded urban materials, and Urban Play, created for the city of Amsterdam, and Bairro Criativo created for Porto, Portugal.

I have addressed The World Bank, The World Urban Development Congress, and many other institutions and organizations. I am the author of Finding the Truth in Systems: In Praise of Design Hacking, and a contributor to a number of publications ranging from The Guardian to Architizer.

When I'm not working to manifest new ideas in the city itself, I create exhibitions to explore important ideas. To date, I have created and curated more than 30 exhibitions in eight cities and five countries on topics spanning architecture, urban culture, design and urban innovation.

Now that I'm back on the East Coast, I am focusing on strategies for regenerating post-industrial cities, and have been engaged by a private foundation to create strategies for recovery in New York State.

In recognition of my work, I was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce in London in 2010.

Bragging rights
In 2010 I was made a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London, UK.
Education
  • Boston University
  • Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design
Work
Occupation
Creative Director, Strategist and Writer focusing on new approaches towards design and cities
Employment
  • Scott Burnham Studio
    Creative Director, Strategist, Writer, 2006 - present
  • Boston Society of Architects
    Curator, Reprogramming the City, 2013 - 2013
  • Netherlands Institute for Design
    Project Director, Trust Design, 2010 - 2012
  • Droog
    Urban Play, 2007 - 2008
  • Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
    Author, Finding Truth in Systems: In Praise of Design Hacking, 2010 - 2010
  • Urbis Centre for Urban Culture
    Creative Director, 2003 - 2006
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Currently
Boston
Previously
London - Prague - Barcelona - Amsterdam - Manchester - Montreal - London