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Harris Silver received his Masters in Architecture from SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) in 2011. Prior to pursuing his architectural training, Harris was the President of Think Tank 3, an award winning branding and advertising agency based in NYC with Fortune 100 and high profile non-profit clients. Always interested in the urban environment he founded Citystreets, an idea-based transportation non-profit that successfully advocated for change in the urban tectonic from cars to people through policy, infrastructure and technology interventions. Harris was a contributing columnist for the New York Sun writing regular Op-Ed’s about transportation issues in Cities. This interest in urban issues, transportation and how the built environment effects our lives led Harris to pursue his Masters In Architecture at SCI-Arc where he has also participated in the Sci-Fi (SCI-Arc's Urban Studies Program). While at SCI-Arc his entry in the Urban Infrastructure competition titled A New Infrastructure: Innovative Transit Solutions for LA/2009 was selected for exhibition as well as publication in a book about the competition published by the SCI-Arc press.

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How to Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities In NYC

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:38 PM

A number of high-profile pedestrian deaths has put pedestrian safety on the public's radar and on our new mayor's agenda -- which is the only positive outcome to the loss of life and family tragedy that has recently saddened and upset so many New Yorkers. Reducing fatalities and injuries to...

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A Plan to Reduce Emergency Vehicle Response Times and Increase Safety for Cyclists (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 3:25 PM

According to the New York Fire Department, the average response time to get to a building on fire is four minutes and 12 seconds. For a life threatening medical emergency, the response time is six minutes and 17 seconds. In 2012, there were 5,779 structural fires and 58,813 medical emergencies...

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An LA Architect Crosses the Border Into Relevance

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 10:06 AM

It was my first trip to Tijuana. I left Los Angeles with 44-year-old LA-based architect, educator and urbanist Peter Zellner to visit a recent project he had just finished. This is Zellner's 16th architectural commission, second free-standing building, and first private residence. Zellner's commission, named "Casa Anaya" built on a...

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Actually, It Can't Wait

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 3:09 PM

If you haven't seen the Werner Herzog short documentary called From One Second To The Next, please make a note to watch it, it's an important film.

The film purposefully, thoughtfully, and accurately introduces us to both victims and perpetrators of violent deaths and profound injuries caused by...

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A Green, Sustainable and E-ZProposal For NYC's Mayoral Candidates to Debate

(5) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 11:39 AM

With an upcoming mayoral election, it's time to shift the conversation from candidates personal behavior which has dominated the news, to something more important to NYC voters. In this spirit I wanted to present an idea that is worth bringing up and discussing this election season.

Fundamentally good policy is...

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Six Transportation Ideas For LA's Mayor Elect Eric Garcetti

(13) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:28 AM

In the Movie Annie Hall, Woody Allen pokes some fun at LA by saying.

I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.

While he was wrong about LA cultural contributions, he wasn't far...

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Because the Second Amendment Was Not Written in Stone

(63) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 4:21 PM

The home and school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has done what other senseless and avoidable high-profile murders starting with Columbine did not do. There is a perceptible mood change about our relationship with guns; people are fed up and want meaningful action so that this doesn't happen again.

President...

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What Would Jesus Listen To?

(73) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 6:17 AM

The Short Answer: An album called Judeo.
(Listen here.)

The slightly longer answer: While I always thought it was preposterous to ask what would Jesus drive, it does seem reasonable to ask what would Jesus listen to, which is what Hillel Tigay asked when he started...

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What Would Jesus Listen To?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 6:15 AM

What Would Jesus Listen To?

The Short Answer:
An album called Judeo.

The slightly longer answer:
While I always thought it was preposterous to ask what would Jesus drive, it does seem reasonable to ask what would Jesus listen to--which is what Hillel Tigay asked when...

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Teun Voeten Declares War in Mexico

(6) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 10:28 AM

The photo book, Narco Estado: Drug Violence in Mexico, by Teun Voeten, published by Lannoo, takes a thorough look at the drug violence in Mexico. Voeten in his thoughtful essay that accompanies his photos, clearly and logically makes a case that the drug violence in Mexico has passed a threshold...

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18 Lessons NYC Can Learn From Hurricane Sandy

(5) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 10:04 AM

1) Plan for 10,000-year storms, not 100-year storms
One hundred-year storms no longer happen every 100 years; they happen every couple of years. Our planning needs to shift and we need to plan for 10,000-year storms to have a more accurate sense of the boundaries of new super storms. 

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What's The Point of Having a Jewish State If It Doesn't Have Jewish Values?

(247) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 7:34 PM


Around this time every year, Jews plan their return to synagogue for the high holy days. Rosh Hashanah, followed by Yom Kippur, mark the beginning and celebration of a new year and the day of atonement, where forgiveness is asked for all that was done that hurt...

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What's Good for GM Is Not Good for America

(24) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 5:13 PM

It's time to set the record straight. What's good for GM has never been good for America. Not in 1955 when this was first said and not now.

Selling cars has always been disconnected from reality. Car manufacturers sell dreams -- the dream of freedom, the dream of the open...

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Everything Solid Melts Into Air

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Everything about Andrew Riiska's first solo exhibition "Wrong Side Up" is solid.

What elevates furniture making to art, is answered in one solid curatorial move. A table is no longer a table when it's hanging above your head and its carved underside is revealed.

The material Riiska uses...

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Russian Democracy Has a Pulse, Now It Needs a Heart

(29) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 8:50 AM

The Arab Spring was made possible by Facebook servers -- sitting in one country affecting another. The ability of information in the form of electrons, to easily pass through borders designed to stop things in the form of atoms, forces us to update our ideas of sovereignty, and the seven...

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A Back of the Napkin Plan to Run NYC Garbage Trucks on Restaurant Waste Oil

(5) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 11:35 AM

The NYC Department of Sanitation will use 10 million gallons of fuel, at a cost of approximately 40 million dollars, to collect and dispose of 3.2 million tons of residential waste, in 2011.

I've come up with a simple idea to reduce the cost, of collecting this waste, to...

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: Not as Green as It Looks

(4) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 3:03 PM

This year's Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is 75 years old, 74' tall and weighs 10 tons. The lighting ceremony was watched by millions of people, and it is estimated that 750,000 people will visit the tree every day. To make the process more "green," the tree was cut down using a...

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Occu-Pie Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 12:25 PM

"MIC CHECK. MIC CHECK."

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, an old saying goes. In the same vein, but not quite as sentimental, is another old saying immortalized in neon at Katz's deli in NYC. It reads: "SEND A SALAMI TO YOUR BOY IN THE ARMY."...

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Pacific Standard Time At LACMA: The Untold Story

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Pacific Standard Time is a sprawling cultural initiative with 68 major museum shows and 125 gallery exhibitions including California Design 1930-1965: 'Living in a Modern Way' at LACMA, which presents a comprehensive collection of objects, artifacts, and ephemera in a variety of scales, materials and forms. The only thing that seems...

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Time for a New Gauge

(18) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 6:13 PM

For the first 100 years of our relationship with cars, the important metric of automobile performance has been speed. The automobile dashboard has evolved over time to reflect this relationship. No matter what type of car you drive, the modern dashboard is familiar to all drivers. There is a prominent...

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