Measure what matters in human terms.
Shin-pei's experience in practice and policy converges on transforming the built environment to be more inclusive and sustainable. Her expertise in transportation, climate change, urban policy, design, and governance provides a unique perspective on the systems shaping the public realm and subsequently the solutions to change them. She has held leadership roles at many types of organizations, including Gehl Institute, TransitCenter, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Transportation Alternatives, and Project for Public Spaces, often joining them at a pivot point to develop new directions. She is a commissioner for the NYC Public Design Commission and serves on the boards of ioby and Transportation Alternatives.
...people engaged in shaping, maintaining, keeping, and creating place.
Jane Jacobs's Death and Life of Great American Cities made me realize that much more needed to be done to center people in public spaces, to point out the pricelessness of our social and public life.
My work thrives on strengthening connections between fields, such as public health and urban design, or transportation and social impacts, all which strengthens placemaking. I've had the privilege of creating organizations that authored resources to encourage other to take this approach as well:
A data standard for measuring people activity in public space