Posting will be light today, as I'm attending the Forward Motion symposium on mobility and urban transit at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, moderating and co-moderating some panel discussions. The focus of the symposium is to bring mobility experts from the U.S. and Canada together to talk about how design can provide some solutions to the contemporary problem of moving people around.
This is the kind of conversation that engineers, economists, politicians, and policy wonks have all the time. But the design community brings its own unique perspective, mainly by being able to think beyond urban transportation as a project-by-project challenge. Designers are good at seeing both the big picture and how all the moving parts of the big picture fit together. A lot of times, they can offer a "third way," between government and business solutions that may have been tried, successfully and unsuccessfully, dozens of times. They "think different," indeed!