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Scott Francisco


My urban futures

Any ‘urban future’ is entirely dependent on the future of nature. Now is the time for every major city to ‘match their power with their responsibility’. Cities must do more to protect and sustain the natural environments that they depend on well outside their city limits. My vision is for the world’s 1000 biggest cities to each have a suite of creative, charismatic and culturally specific programs that reach far beyond their boundaries to restore forests and other natural ecosystems around the world. If each of these major cities had twenty well-crafted programs in place that worked directly with rural and indigenous communities on the front lines of forest restoration and conservation, I believe the cumulative impact could turn the tide of climate change and biodiversity collapse that threatens our collective future.

Scott Francisco is a hands-on designer, strategist and educator who helps people, organizations and governments envision new futures and re-design their infrastructure and culture systems. He works in the fields of architecture, urbanism, systems thinking, organizational and community development, environment and sustainability. He is the founder and director of Pilot Projects Design Collective a design and strategy firm based in Montreal and New York City. Recent clients include, Whole Forest, CBS Broadcasting, PARTNERS Reforestation Network, the City of Westmount, Trinity Centers Foundation, Saint Laurent Paris, The Smithsonian Institution, The Anglican Diocese of Montreal, US GSA, CBC, Princeton University, GSK, Hearst Media, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, charity: water. Pilot Projects has also co-founded several international Communities of Practice, including Wood at Work, Cities4Forests and The Future of Forest Work and Communities. Scott holds degrees from M.I.T. and the University of Toronto and has taught at McGill University, Stanford in New York, Parsons the New School for Design and University of Kentucky College of Architecture.  He and speaks and writes regularly on urban sustainability, architecture and participatory design.

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