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CEC WEEKLY TIES – In search of alone time

December 6, 2020 | Comments Off on CEC WEEKLY TIES – In search of alone time

Dear colleagues,  The pandemic has brought to the forefront the importance of balancing “togetherness” with “aloneness” in design. We are living in a perplexed state of mind. Before the pandemic, many of us craved time with family members. As it…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Reframing the participatory design process

November 18, 2020 | Comments Off on CEC WEEKLY TIES – Reframing the participatory design process

Dear colleagues,  A lot has changed since 1986, when in The Image of the Architect, Andrew Saint responded to the crisis in architecture by exploring the evolution of architects’ status in society from the medieval architect to the professional, gentleman, entrepreneur,…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Launching the “What We Do” page

November 11, 2020 | Comments Off on CEC WEEKLY TIES – Launching the “What We Do” page

Dear colleagues,  We are excited to announce the launch of the “What We Do” page for Culturally Enriched Communities.  We are “Cultural Enrichers”who advocate for healthy and connected communities in which everyone can thrive and who share the CAST commitment,…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Puffins and World Mental Health Day

October 8, 2020 | Comments Off on CEC WEEKLY TIES – Puffins and World Mental Health Day

Dear colleagues,  Saturday Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day. One of the most touching stories I have read lately comes from the efforts of ornithologist Stephen Kress to bring the puffin back to Maine. Kress theory was that if his team could…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Evictions and homelessness

September 23, 2020 | Comments Off on CEC WEEKLY TIES – Evictions and homelessness

Dear colleagues,  An estimated 30-40 million Americans are at risk of eviction, in what maybe the country’s worst housing crisis in its history. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a temporary halt in residential evictions until the end of the year, it…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Refugees in a pandemic

September 10, 2020 | Comments Off on CEC WEEKLY TIES – Refugees in a pandemic

Dear colleagues,  Europe’s largest migrant camp on the island of Lesbos, Moria, has been devastated by massive fires early Wednesday. Greek authorities believe that the fires were started by Moria camp residents expressing dissatisfaction with coronavirus-related lockdown measures after 35 people tested positive for…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Sex trafficking and the pandemic

September 3, 2020 | Comments Off on CEC WEEKLY TIES – Sex trafficking and the pandemic

Dear colleagues,  On Aug. 29, the US Marshals Service Missing Child Unit led the search “Operation Not Forgotten” and rescued 39 missing children in Georgia. The children ranged in age from 3 to 17 and some of them, were believed to have been victims…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Active civic participation in Denmark

August 27, 2020 | Comments Off on CEC WEEKLY TIES – Active civic participation in Denmark

Dear colleagues,  Every semester, I ask students in my class, “How many of you read the news daily?” Three or four hands go up from a cohort of about 40 students. Caring and being connected to the neighborhoods, cities, and…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Quarantine spaces and basements

August 17, 2020 | Comments Off on CEC WEEKLY TIES – Quarantine spaces and basements

Dear colleagues,  People’s ingenuity in creating spaces for quarantine and self-isolation struck me while collecting design interventions from around the world for www.cec-design.com/covid-19 – from treehouses to separated bedrooms and bathrooms that kept elders and other family members safely protected. Basements also emerged as suitable spaces for quarantine,…

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CEC WEEKLY TIES – Returning to the office

August 10, 2020 | Comments Off on CEC WEEKLY TIES – Returning to the office

Dear colleagues,  This Harvard Business Review article on “The Implications of Working Without an Office” reveals the opportunities that lie ahead as we rethink what work and workplaces can mean in our lives. After surveying over 600 U.S.-based white-collar employees, the study concluded…

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