The Restart of NOMAS Kent

I was a guest blogger for Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Center.  Check out the post here! http://www.cudc.kent.edu/blog/advocating-for-diversity-a-conversation-with-michelle-barrett-of-nomas/

Where are the stakes?!

“There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that that have nothing to lose. People, who have stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don’t have it, they unconsciously want … Continue reading

Build-A-Thoning…

This past May I had the opportunity to participate in a Habitat sponsored AmeriCorps event in Seattle, Wa.  For one week the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Seattle, Kings County, hosted numerous AmeriCorps volunteers from across the country to join together and get things done for America.  This is a yearly event know as Build-a-Thon, … Continue reading

Common[unity] Architecture Beats: Hip-Hop inspired design

My site analysis process was inspired by my daily commute from Forest Park (west suburb of Chicago) to the Loop on the Green Line L’ Train.  Twice a day I observed the changes of the neighborhoods and became interested in the politics of why this was visible.  I passed through the neighborhoods of  Oak Park, … Continue reading