People in glass houses

This week I’m hosting the Glass House Conversation, an ongoing project in collaboration with SVA’s D-Crit and Interaction Design programs and the Philip Johnson Glass House. The Glass House is the incredible modern estate located in New Canaan, Connecticut which often hosted salons on design and culture, as curated by its owner and architect Philip Johnson and his partner, art collector David Whitney. This is a virtual way to both carry on the conversation and deliver these discussions to a wider audience.

Each week, a writer, critic, or designer gets to poise a question to the audience. Here’s the question I asked:

In some large U.S. metropolitan areas like New York City, public transit is the norm and bike-riding is on the rise thanks to proactive efforts by city agencies. But in most of the country, public and alternative transportation options either don’t exist, or, if they do, there is often a stigma attached to using them.

With goals of relieving traffic congestion, making our citizens healthier, and preventing ecological disaster, how can we encourage municipalities and individuals to commit to buses, trains and bikes? What would make you give up your car?

To be part of the conversation, simply register and join in the debate. Some of the discussions in weeks past have become quite heated, and there are already some great points in the argument to bounce off of. Thanks again for your support!

(Apologies to anyone who thought this post was about Billy Joel’s iconic 1980 album, Glass Houses. Feel free to listen to “Don’t Ask Me Why” while you formulate a response.)

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