Ben Brown

Ben connects, helping build environments of trust so planning can be about testing ideas instead of protecting turf and battling through cynicism. With solid communications and facilitation skills, he fosters a genuinely inclusive process and coaxes fence-sitters and doubters towards common ground — a place where shared goals stand in bold relief against divisive perspectives. Leveraging skills acquired through training and years of experience in fiercely competitive, deadline-driven arenas, Ben helps keep the promise of placemaking as a community-building exercise.

FOLLOW:
Article image for Filling in the ‘Missing Middle’: No new wheels, please Design

Filling in the ‘Missing Middle’: No new wheels, please

The idea is to max out the potential of existing zoning, financing, design and construction processes and to do it at scales unlikely to freak out adjacent neighbors or trigger complicated review processes.
BEN BROWNFEB. 3, 2016
Article image for From Ideas to Action: Cheaply, quickly, fairly Design

From Ideas to Action: Cheaply, quickly, fairly

Last week, sociologist David Brain outlined strategies for a Lean charrette, which is a work-in-progress concept designed to match up with Lean Urbanism strategies. Opportunist that I am, I welcome that as an excuse to try Part 2 of the charrette...
BEN BROWNAPR. 20, 2016
Article image for From Ideas to Action: Cheaply, quickly, fairly Design

From Ideas to Action: Cheaply, quickly, fairly

Last week, sociologist David Brain outlined strategies for a Lean charrette, which is a work-in-progress concept designed to match up with Lean Urbanism strategies. Opportunist that I am, I welcome that as an excuse to try Part 2 of the charrette...
BEN BROWNAPR. 20, 2016