Michael LaFond, Ph.D.
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Michael is a professor of the International Urban Management Master’s Program at the Technical University Berlin and is the director of id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability in Berlin. He holds a doctorate in urban design and planning from the University of Washington and has decades of experience in fields related to architecture and sustainable community development, urban design and planning, citizen initiatives, art, and urban culture. During his career, Michael has led a wide range of university, research, and teaching projects focused on self-organized, civil society-initiated, re-developments of vacant land and buildings, informal planning, innovative uses of environmental technologies, and democratizations of urban planning processes. He has partnered with the City of Berlin, the European Commission, and a large number of foundations. His work is focused on urban, international co-housing cultures – self-organized, community-oriented, inclusive, and sustainable forms of housing – as well as the exploration and development of convivial technologies.