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Rick Bell - Better Future Champion

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

The spaces we inhabit play a vital role in the wellbeing of a city. Rick Bell has spent the last 30+ years nudging and enabling both the physical form, exchange of ideas and thought leadership in government at NYC DDC. Recently Rick has stepped in to start a new chapter at Columbia University. His expedition into enabling healthy communities continues.

When we think of design we often only consider the tangible aspects: the artifacts, the buildings, the objects, the artwork. However, we need people like Rick who consider the intangible. People who reach beyond the obvious elements of design to consider how signs and symbols convey meaning in everyday environments. Rick was responsible for creating the storefront Center for Architecture and more recently is working on Sense & the City: Active Design and Slowness and Fit City alongside semiologist Gwenaëlle de Kerret.

Understanding the intangible gaps within design is a gift and Rick and his team have proved themselves as Global Leaders on the ever-important Expedition to a Better Future through the study of semiology and ethnography within this space.

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