“Sankofa City” Dissertation

Sankofa City is my dissertation project, based on 4+ years of working with Ben Caldwell and the Leimert Phone Company.

We will explore the nexus of emerging technology, art, and community-based urban design, to provide visions for the future of local innovation and cultural development in Los Angeles.

“Sankofa City” is a collaboration between USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, Ben Caldwell’s Kaos Network, and Urban Systems nonprofit autonomous vehicles company. The project proves that large research universities, nonprofits, and local communities can work together and empower local citizens to imagine alternative urban technologies that work for the public good.

The advent of new urban-based technologies means that the future form of Los Angeles will be unlike anything one can now imagine. For example, how might self-driving vehicles and augmented reality be used to change our relationship to the city – to even change the city itself? We will conduct a series of collaborative workshops with artists, students, technical experts, and local Leimert Park residents, to create vivid scenarios of the possibilities to share with the public and spark debate.

DTLA Street Futures wins at New Urbanism Film Festival

“DTLA Street Futures” Mini Documentary

Winner of “Best Active Transportation Film” at the New Urbanism Film Festival on October 7 in Los Angeles. As seen on Streetsblog LA and CicLAvia.

This video is an exploration, a conversation starter about the future of streets in LA. It’s indicative of a desire for a different experience of the city. An experience driven by two wheels rather than four. A design driven by very real issues of sustainability, livability, and affordability.

“Cat Call” Short Film

Offbeat, indie comedic drama. The film focuses a man going through a breakup after recently moving to LA. While soul searching through the streets, he decides to respond to a “missing cat” sign in the hope of making a connection.

Short film I shot as part of USC CTPR 508 class in the spring. Went on to win Award at IndieFest in the summer.