The Seattle Project is a joint research project into the role of externalities in the built environment and how both positive and negative externalities can be better valued, managed and traded. The project was started in Spring 2009 by Peter Robinett and Kai van Hasselt to analyze the current state of affairs and to develop and share knowledge about externalities in both the urban and rural environments. Our aim is to transcend the current narrow fields of externality research and to develop broad principles. We do not want to confine ourselves to research alone and seek to put our knowledge into practice developing externalities markets.
Peter Robinett has a background in both political science and technology. He studied International Studies at the University of Chicago and has a Masters in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics. He has a broad interest in how technologies shape our thinking and how they can help solve societal challenges. He works as a web developer under the name Bubble Foundry.
Kai van Hasselt is the founder of Shinsekai Analysis, a research-based advisory practice in Amsterdam. Clients, ranging from (landscape) architecture firms to real estate developers, cultural institutions and governments, are provided with cultural intelligence and urban strategies. He studied economics at the University of Amsterdam and worked for a leading Dutch trend analyst from 2000 to 2003 and for OMA’s think tank AMO in 2006.