Friday Funny: Urbanism Avengers Assemble!

Last week's record setting premiere of the Avengers movie franchise inspired the launch of a planning and design themed legion of superheroes on Twitter. Sommer Mathis interviews the urbanist behind the mask.

Marrying comic book and urbanist geekdom, @UrbanismAvenger has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with for the world's anti-urbanism super villains. Seeking nominations from followers for their favorite heroes & villains, @UrbanismAvenger has already bestowed titles on Janette Sadik-Khan: Black Widow, Jan Gehl: Odin All-Father, NRDC: Guardians of the Universe, and Rem Koolhaas as the arch-villain of context-sensitive urbanism.

In his interview, Mathis gets the person behind the profile to provide some tanatlizing clues to their identity:

"In my secret identity I'm a high-ranking multi-disciplinary urbanist with a major metropolitan planning department, where speaking out is not necessarily encouraged." 

and inspiration:

"I believe that the heroic mission of designing + building better cities, towns and communities needs symbols, inspiration ... and yes, some fun! We can all be too pessimistic and stuffy at times about city-building, and that's hardly influential either to the converted, or especially the unconverted. The forces of evil are many - The Sprawl Gang of America, Dr. Low-Density, Captain Car Dependence, and the Big Box Blob, just to name a few! The Urbanism Avenger is positive, honorable, hopefully inspirational, and not a stuffed shirt!" 

Full Story: Behind the Mask: @UrbanismAvenger Speaks!


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