Design as a Competitive Advantage for Cities

Design is a too-often overlooked asset that adds value to cities.
August 15, 2004, 5am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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Smart City radio show host Carol Coletta examines how design work to make cities more lively, more livable and more sustainable. Coletta interviewsMarie-Josée Lacroix and Mark Miller about how they use design as a competitive advantage for cities.

Marie-Josée Lacroix is the City of Montreal's Design Commissioner. For the past 15 years, she has been encouraging outstanding design in the city's shops and restaurants through an annual design competition that she hopes will make Montreal a "new design city."

Mark Miller is working on the redesign of schools - specifically those modular buildings that are supposed to be temporary classrooms but too often become permanent fixtures. With the new designs for classroom portables proposed by his firm, MKThink, no one would mind if these classrooms stayed around forever.

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Thanks to Laura Kranz

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Published on Friday, August 13, 2004 in Smart City
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