We need to make more discoveries by accident

David breaks down serendipity, and demonstrates that encounter with unexpected things is a key element of a “well-functioning democracy.” Perhaps the internet is not doing as good of a job at connecting us as we’d like. He poses the question, “Can physical and digital spaces be made to foster serendipitous chance encounters?” and demonstrates initiatives and projects underway that aim to achieve that goal.

About the speaker

David Jurca is the Associate Director at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, where his work integrates professional practice, applied research, and teaching. Responding to community needs, David advances the CUDC’s various advocacy initiatives and spearheads efforts to develop effective techniques for public engagement. In 2013, David launched COLDSCAPES.org, a multileveled initiative to spur creative engagement and livability in winter cities. He also co-founded Design Diversity, an initiative to promote people of color in architecture and design professions in Northeast Ohio. Appointed Assistant Professor of Urban Design in Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, David teaches graduate studios, community charrette courses, and advises Master of Urban Design (MUD) capstone projects. He also taught the Designing Urban Green Spaces course at Case Western Reserve University as a part-time lecturer in the SAGES program. David serves as Chair of the City of Cleveland’s Near West Design Review Committee and volunteers for a number of organizations dedicated to community service. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University and received his M.Arch from Kent State University.

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