Susan Silberbergis an accomplished city planner, urban designer, architect, author and MIT Lecturer. She is the Founder and Managing Director of CivicMoxie, LLC, a planning, strategic placemaking, real estate advisory and urban design group serving private, public and non-profit clients. The constant building and care of cities, urban spaces, organizations and communities can be a messy business that involves much more than showing up with the right technical expertise in hand. It's about HOW you do things. Susan loves working collaboratively with people of diverse interests and backgrounds to make great things happen.
Believing that balancing theory, research and practice brings the best to all worlds and to her clients, Susan is an author and active researcher. At MIT, Susan led the research team and is lead author for the recently released (October 2013) whitepaper on placemaking, Places in the Making. Completed with the generous support of Southwest Airlines, the paper looks at the current state of placemaking practice and explores ten case studies to draw lessons for the field. In June 2013, Susan published "Pretext securitization of Boston's public realm after 9/11: Motives, actors and a role for planners" in Policing Cities: Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (Routledge). Her next publication will be a book on Artists' Engagement with Community with key lessons for funders, developers, community advocates, arts organizations and artists. The book highlights lessons learned from her four years as Associate Director of the MetLife Innovative Space Awards.
Susan serves on the Board of Directors of Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit developer of endangered historic properties; The Joshua Bates Art Center in the South End of Boston, and; the Brookline High School 21st Century Fund where she also chairs the Program Committee. Susan lives in Brookline, Massachusetts and rides her bike to teach at MIT sometimes. Other times she takes the T so Leo, her dog, can come with her. She is very serious about her teaching, professional work and research but doesn't think that precludes joy and laughter. Her ideas on current urban issues can be found by following her on Twitter and checking out her blog.