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March 21, 2022 Dear Cultural Enrichers, We are thrilled to share the launch of our new Culturally Enriched Communities website. Dare and care to be a Cultural Enricher who designs built environments in communities where everyone can thrive. See a preview of what you can find and sign up to stay connected through our interactive…

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CEC in Numbers – 1.2%

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Images of how the van Gabby Petito shared with her fiancé Brian Laundrie looked beforeand during the emergency stop.Image credit: https://www.the-sun.com/news/3702224/bodycam-chaos-gabby-petito-van-brian-laundrie/ Nov. 5, 2021 Dear Cultural Enrichers, Gabby Petito shared her struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) when police officers responded to the emergency call, a few weeks before her body was found in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National…

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CEC in Numbers – ∞

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June 2, 2021 Dear colleagues, As summer is an opportunity to pause and reflect, I want to share Constantine Cavafy’s poem “Ithaka” with you. The poem builds on Odysseus’ epic journey home to Ithaka after the Trojan war, made legendary by Homer’s “The Odyssey.” The poem’s power comes from the message that the journey matters as much as the destination.  Many…

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CEC in Numbers – 1 in 9

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May 12, 2021 Dear colleagues, Do you ever think about who washes the dishes in your favorite restaurant and why? What about who picks the strawberries you buy? Migrant workers are instrumental to the developing world’s economic growth. At the same time, their earnings transform lives back in their homeland. And yet, migrant workers have been disproportionately…

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CEC in Numbers – 7,674,000,000

Cec In Numbers – 7,674,000,000 Article

April 14, 2021 Dear colleagues,  Herbert Simon, Nobel Prize winner and faculty in my alma mater Carnegie Mellon University, wrote in his book The Sciences of the Artificial (1982, p.129): “Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.”Simon propels us to shift our attention from “design” to “designers,” asking us to…

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CEC in Numbers – 4,158,000,000

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March 25, 2021 Dear colleagues,  Today marks 200 years since Greek independence from Ottoman rule. The Greek revolution (1821-1830) followed 400 years of hardship, taxation, intellectual drain, family separations, and societal divide. As we pave the way for building communities in which everyone can thrive, what can we learn from the Greeks’ fight for freedom?…

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CEC in Numbers – 2,800

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March 3, 2021 Dear colleagues,Through the end of 2020, Stop AAPI Hate counted over 2,800 firsthand reports of anti-Asian hate crimes across 47 states and DC since the pandemic took a global hold. These included physical assaults, verbal harassment, and being purposely coughed or spat on and were directed toward children, adults, and elders. “We need to talk about…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Toward Consider Culture

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Feb. 4, 2021 Dear colleagues,  Cleaning out all the boxes my mother has been saving since my elementary school years took much of my December break. That is how I discovered this photograph from the 1980s, when I was an architecture student at Carnegie Mellon University. Taken long before the selfies’ era, it reminded me…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Landscapes of Hope is now a searchable map!

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January 26, 2021 Dear colleagues,   I am excited to share that Landscapes of Hope is now a searchable map! Landscapes of Hope is a collection of over 200 stories from buildings and places in the Twin Cities where protests occurred following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The stories elaborate on how the design of…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Rethinking time as we know it

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Dear colleagues,   Underneath this ground covering lies what I imagine to be an exquisite mosaic of the three Horae, daughters of Zeus and Themis, and sisters of the three Fates, patron Goddesses of time and the seasons. Waiting patiently to be restored since its glory in the 3rd century AD, this hidden mosaic in Paphos,…

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