Spring is in the air! As warmer weather heads our way, it’s the perfect time to head outside with a good book or take a long walk listening to your favorite podcast. Continuously seeking new information and different viewpoints is important for growth. We asked a few GS&P employees to tell us what books or podcasts are on their lists and how they’re applying them in their careers.
"Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman looks at how we make decisions. By thinking about thinking, designers can better understand the process and values by which we ideate, iterate and make design decisions. I think this read is particularly useful because the only way we can improve design outcomes is by critiquing the process by which we got there.
I’ve recently been inspired by The Minimalists Podcast. The hosts talk about simplifying your life by only making room for items that truly add value. It has opened my eyes to how much time, money, and effort we spend on our “stuff”. This concept has not only helped me simplify my personal life, but has allowed me to look at design differently. I’m being more deliberate with every decision, ensuring that everything has a purpose!
I'm in the process of rereading “Making Ideas Happen” by Scott Belsky. This book focuses on overcoming the obstacles between vision and reality. It promotes the benefits of working in a creative team, developing self-leadership and harnessing the forces around you. This book is a great read to recharge my batteries!
I recently read “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. This book explores personality types, history and culture and will challenge the way you think about yourself, your relationships and the world around you. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, this is a great read!
This spring I’m working my way through “The New Landscape Declaration”, a series of videos and essays from the world’s leading landscape architecture experts. The leaders reflect on where landscape architecture has been and discuss where the profession is going, making their own declarations to affect real world change. As an urban designer working towards my licensure in landscape architecture, I’m excited to be a part of a growing profession dedicated to designing healthy, inclusive communities.