Greg Mews

Urbanist

Greg Mews

Urbanist

Greg Mews is fas­cin­ated by the com­plex­ity of cit­ies and people which live in them. He is con­cerned that the urb­an envir­on­ments we have cre­ated in the second half of 20th cen­tury may struggle in the future to provide cozi­ness for its people.

We increas­ingly live in badly planned, sprawl­ing urb­an envir­on­ments that fail to sup­port us phys­ic­ally or emo­tion­ally, argues urb­an­ist, Greg Mews. Greg would rather we take an approach foun­ded on “cozi­ness”; an atti­tude and prac­tice whereby we feel com­fort­able for ourselves, our chil­dren and the eld­erly of our cit­ies and urb­an envir­on­ments to par­ti­cip­ate in urb­an life.

In this talk at TEDx­Can­ber­ra 2012, the peri­pat­et­ic Mews offers up a num­ber of ways we can rein­tro­duce cozi­ness into our built envir­on­ments.


Twelve years ago Gregor Mews developed a genu­ine curi­os­ity to fig­ure out what makes people feel cozy and com­fort­able in dif­fer­ent envir­on­ments around the globe.

He has stud­ied and lived through sev­er­al dif­fer­ent socio-polit­ic­al sys­tems that have formed and shaped the built envir­on­ment in vari­ous forms. Grow­ing up in East Ger­many, liv­ing in the US and work­ing as an urb­an planner/ design­er in Colom­bia, Kaza­kh­stan, Poland, Neth­er­lands, and Aus­tralia has defined and shaped his think­ing.

Greg believes that the envir­on­ments we cre­ate ulti­mately influ­ences how we behave and inter­act. With an integ­rated, effi­cient and hol­ist­ic approach we can ensure many gen­er­a­tions to come have “cozy” and “com­fort­able” places to live for ful­filling lives.