Jim's involvement on your project can include some or all of the following:
Jim has designed successful project approaches for hundreds of complex urban design challenges, for projects ranging in scale from regional tourism strategies to downtown revitalization plans to design concepts for transit stations; he has developed and taught design process coursework at two universities. He can coach your team through a "process of discovery" that provides a project road map, guides team efforts, builds consensus and results in appropriate, creative solutions.
Jim can help your team mine the project's wide spectrum of environmental, historical and cultural influences to arrive at a central guiding "big idea." This is a powerful organizing theme or concept for your project that ties the parts--from overall organizing structure to details--into an organic whole. The concept is often fleshed out with key guiding principals, which help clarify intent, so that short-term decisions are made in the context of long-term goals. These efforts can also extend to branding ideas, logo concepts, and other tools to flesh out the project vision.
Jim's fresh, engaging drawings enjoy an international demand and following, and have been featured in scores of books and periodicals. Jim's drawings are not intended as slick illustration at the end of the creative process, but as catalysts for ideas and conversation at its beginning. They represent creative synthesis in the form of freehand, concept-level diagrams, plans, sections and perspective sketches that bring abstract ideas to life, fostering dialog and influencing thinking very early in the project.
Jim has brought his land planning, design, visualization and consensus-building skills to over 35 multi-day urban design charrettes. He can work with your team to outline a preparation strategy, then create solutions and imagery on site to inform and inspire team members and community leaders.
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