Our Values


We value all people, because cities are for people. City planning and development has historically been driven by economic and political forces, with people coming second. We put people first.

Shared Learning

We value all types of knowledge, from living experts to researchers, from history to present context. We approach communities where we work with humility and respect. The knowledge and perspectives of low-income and people of color have been historically undervalued, therefore we amplify those perspectives.


We value equity, because addressing inequities is the first, essential step on the path to a thriving city. We believe systems need to be disrupted so that they can be rebuilt. The least privileged should have the power to disrupt, create and rebuild the conditions of their communities.