Episode #20: No ApoloGy for Urban Anthropology: Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, PhD 


Headshot of Episode #20 Guest Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, PhD
Urban Anthropologist
Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, PhD

In Episode #20 host Scott Graves as loyal sidekick Cam McLeod explore the discipline of Urban Anthropology with Andover (MA) native Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, PhD.  Her work in past decades as a theatre professional in New York City allowed Morgan a front row seat in the urban transformation of her section of the city.    

Morgan is an urban anthropologist and experienced designer, who spent many years living and working in New York City before relocating up here to Massachusetts. Over the years, she has collaborated with artists, real estate developers, engineers, architects, community leaders, and planners to design and produce experiences for stages, streets, parks, storefronts, digital devices, and waterfront piers.

Morgan believes that if we design with the goals of fostering sustainability, creativity, and equity, then the communities we are designing for will be better able to cooperate, innovate, and transform. No matter where we live, we need that collective, adaptive capacity in order to develop resilient futures.

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