To citymakers, Team Better Block are the urban planning experts who unlock the interest and creativity of the public with a process that designs for community, connection, and commerce from the ground up.
Team Better Block was founded in 2010 by Jason Roberts and Andrew Howard, as a transportation and placemaking focused public outreach firm that temporarily re-engineers auto-dominated, blighted, and underused urban areas into vibrant centers. Since then, The Better Block approach has been used in over two hundred cities around the world to illustrate rapid street changes and community revitalization. These cities have reported greater understanding and urgency by elected officials, leaders, and citizens for permanent change. Team Better Block’s work was featured in the 2012 Venice Biennale and has been spotlighted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Dwell Magazine.
In 2020, Team Better Block joined forces with WGI and Andrew Howard became WGI’s Director of Placemaking.
Andrew Howard︎ ︎
DIRECTOR OF PLACEMAKING, WGI
CO-FOUNDER OF TEAM BETTER BLOCK
When Andrew first began Team Better Block and started painting his own bike lanes he thought he might end up in jail or at-least be stripped of his planning certification. He now has achieved international awards for the firm’s work and has clients from industry leading organizations.
Andrew is the principal of Team Better Block and one of the original founders of the Build a Better Block project. Alongside his neighbors he built the first two Better Blocks in Dallas, Texas and pioneered the idea of using pop up demonstrations as an urban planning method. Over the past eight years he and his team have refined how Better Block fits into community outreach, revitalization, complete streets and public space planning and design projects. Now having been used in over 150 communities from Sydney, Australia to Bethel, Vermont Better Block is seen as an alternative to the typical design and defend urban planning method of the past.
Dan Hennessey, PE, PTOE
Remember all those times we started a project with a no from the city traffic engineer? Dan has extensive experience in providing the data, logic and assurances to move traffic engineers from no to yes on innovative complete streets, vision zero initiatives, and road diets. During a Better Block, Dan will meet one on one with the traffic engineer and quickly lay a path for testing street and public space changes.
VICE PRESIDENT OF NEW MOBILITY
Team Better Block is already innovative, now we have a person solely dedicated to bringing new technology to market. Cutting through red-tape, Lisa finds ways to introduce new mobility options by clearing policy hurdles and vetting tech for application to specific community needs. She also gets on the bike and rides!
Madeleine Hirsch, EIT
The level of design of Better Block projects is about to go expert level. Maddie has the vision for complete streets, vision zero, and converting streets with road diets. She is not just a designer, she connects with the community. I mean she is a talker, get her in a room with neighbors and she will chat them up unlike any engineer I have ever seen. I can’t wait for you to meet her.
You know Better Block always has a big hearted person to chat with neighbors, business, and property owners. Jackson has the technical skills to match. Look for him to be a main point of contact for you.
Jason RobertsBETTER BLOCK FOUNDATION, CHAIR
In 2010, Jason organized a series of Better Block projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Dallas and converting them into temporary, walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. Soon after, he partnered with Urban Planner Andrew Howard and the two formed Team Better Block and augmented the art project into a planning process. In 2014, Jason transitioned from Team Better Block to the Better Block Foundation as chairman of the board.