Love, faith, community, authenticity, mindfulness, technology, creativity, literature, cities, environment, design, politics, ethics, economics, and lately, grief. These float in my head a lot, and I pondered what they had in common. When the ripples start to still, I noticed how they nebulously gravitate towards two cores: Human and Urban.
Then, as I thought deeper about it, I saw how these two – on its own, at its intersections, and its fringes – have always been the underlying themes of my work and my life. As an urbanist, I think a lot about making it more human, and having us humans at the centre of the process. As a human, I ponder on what being & living with our loved ones in our modern cities should and could be. To reference Pico Iyer, one could say that I am always shuttling between my human innerworld and my urban outerworld.
It is from this in-between space that my words seem to emerge. It is from this space that I send my email dispatches to you.
“Dispatches” is my monthly letter that I write to you about our shared humanity and life in cities.
It offers a glimpse to my inquiry about it, links to recent writings, peeks into personal projects (and in some way my life), and other miscellanies. I send it out on the last Tuesday of every month. Here’s an example of what you’ll get.