Category: Consulting

Gaynor Asquith, 1952-2011

14 November, 2011 (11:07) | Consulting, Entrepreneur, Manchester, MEEs, Obituary, Personal, United Kingdom | 4 comments

By:David A. Smith   Too soon gone: Gaynor Asquith   I first met Gaynor Asquith, loyal Mancunian, in a Liverpool jail that had been deemed historic and converted into a restaurant – and if place bespeaks character, this was an apt choice, mixing as it did adaptive reuse, sociability, and a wry sense of implied […]

Month in Review: December 2009: Part 2, micro matters

2 February, 2010 (11:48) | Banking, Cities, Configuration, Consulting, Global news, Speculation, Tenure, Theory |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Continuing the recap of December’s post, during December we looked globally (Dubai‘s shadow bankruptcy) and locally (New York City‘s public toilets).  Gotham City, the cradle of American apartments, also served as the setting for an Experiment in urban micro-living: Part 1, the pluses, and […]

Month in Review: December 2009: Part 1, macro markets

1 February, 2010 (12:05) | Banking, Cities, Configuration, Consulting, Global news, Speculation, Tenure, Theory |

By: David A. Smith   [Previous Months In Review available here: Nov 09, Oct 09, Sep 09, Aug 09, Jul 09, Jun 09, May 09, Apr 09, Mar 09, Feb 09, Jan 09.]   When the history of our global credit crunch is written, the last two weeks in December will be seen as an […]

Month in Review: November, 2009

21 December, 2009 (12:36) | Consulting, Innovations, MEEs, Month in review, Slums, Speculation, Urbanization, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Previous Months In Review here: Oct 09, Sep 09, Aug 09, Jul 09, Jun 09, May 09, Apr 09, Mar 09, Feb 09, Jan 09]   The more I write about housing, the more entangled it becomes with the fabric of cities, formally and informally.  Housing is what makes places […]

What makes a good consultant? Part 3b, attributes of character

1 December, 2009 (10:48) | AHI, Consulting, Essential posts, Markets, MEEs, Public-private partnerships, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 3a.]   [Continued from the previous Part 2b and Part 2a, which dealt with services and activities.] [A previous trio, Part 1a, Part 1b, and Part 1c, covered the rules of engagement with clients.]   “What one man can invent another can discover,” said Holmes. The Adventure of […]