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Hey there, I'm Sean Wittmeyer, a senior product designer, architect, strategist, and subject matter expert in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.

My research and projects study platform urbanism, infrastructures, and the next generation of digital workflows and games designing smarter, more resilient, and human-centered environments.

This is work in progress for thoughts and experiments.

Recent work
Hit the slopes in Alpenglow: a thrilling Ski Resort strategy board game for 2 to 5 tycoons. Build your ski area and master the mountain.
Observations & ideas on the built environment
Our Gardens: Ames
Our Gardens: Ames is a circular model for how urban sprawl and agricultural industry can find synergy rather than displace each other by integrating new urban agricultural practices between the homes of the community.
The Smartphone as urban mediator and ‘sixth-sense’
A new platform for recognizing and acting upon the signals of the city. Article presented at the 14th Meeting of the AESOP Thematic Group on Planning and Complexity, Bamberg, Germany
Notable and worth sharing
The Feed

Kickstarter Launch and End Dates Sheet

A few publishers work together and coordinate game launches so that Kickstarter campaigns go smoothly. This spreadsheet is a look into game launches from years back and how everything is planned out.

Jamey Stegmaier's Kickstarter Lessons

This is a compilation of all of Jamey’s posts on creating and running a successful Kickstarter campaign. These are roughly in the chronological order that you’ll need to reference them, starting 6-12 months before you plan on launching your project. If you’re just now discovering this resource, remember: you don’t need to launch today.

Manufacturing Cost Estimator

Panda Game Manufacturing produces games for many publishers and has some handy resources on their website to get an idea of costs for estimating landed costs as you prepare for publishing a game.

The Nickelodeon Cartoon That Taught a Generation to Hate Capitalism

In 1994, the Clinton administration introduced the Empowerment Zone program, an urban policy scheme that provided a few small grants or tax credits to communities deemed financially stressed, along with tax credits for big businesses to operate in poorer communities.

Citylab - A New Transit Map for Philadelphia Aims to Draw More Riders

A proposal to overhaul wayfinding inside SEPTA’s notoriously baffling rail system would introduce new nomenclature and better signage.

GreatSchools wanted to disrupt online school ratings. But did it make neighborhood segregation worse?

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Thalia Tringo, a real estate agent in the Boston area, faces a dilemma whenever a homebuyer asks her if the local schools are any good.

History of New Zealand Huts

Empress Hut, perched on the western flank of Mt Cook, is one of more than 1000 huts peppered throughout the New Zealand back country. But how secure is this heritage in the face of difficult economic times? Tramping hugs and bivvies are dot­ted around the back country of New Zealand like nowhere else on earth.

Habitat as Virtual Exhibition

Visit the exhibition Habitat: Expanding Architecture from the comfort of your own home. The Jaap Bakema Study Centre developed this spatial model in partnership with Ardito on the basis of the exhibition held ...

VICE - Coronavirus Is Not a Good Reason to Abandon Cities

Coronavirus has raised the question of whether density in cities is good or bad. The answer depends on what politicians do next.

Truckloads of JUMP Bikes Are Being Destroyed During a Nationwide Shortage

Over the last few weeks, thousands of perfectly good JUMP electric bikes and scooters have been dropped off at a recycling facility and will be shredded, Motherboard has learned. The untimely end of these micromobility devices comes at a particularly absurd time, with the nation facing a widespread bike shortage because of surging demand for safe, affordable urban transportation during the pandemic.

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