We believe that physical placemaking, virtual worldbuilding, and cooperative governance provide opportunities for people to co-create a brighter future.
We equip people with the tools to collaboratively design and visualize their built environment. We launched Spectra Cities to provide a low-stakes digital playground for network cities and other online communities to experiment with these tools. Anyone can be a placemaker, and everyone has permission to dream.
Founder, Spectra Cities
Ryan Rzepecki founded JUMP, acquired by UBER in 2018. Ryan has a BS in Marketing from Penn State University and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College. He previously worked for the NYC Department of Transportation as a bike planner before founding JUMP in 2010. Ryan’s passion is applying technology to accelerate human-centered city design and placemaking.
STS Researcher, Spectra Cities
Matt Crittenden is a researcher in science, tech, and society (STS), economics, and politics. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Data Science and International Relations from William & Mary. He has worked internationally with government agencies, civil society, and research labs, including the NYC Department of City Planning as a Civic Innovation Fellow. Matt’s interests span from livable cities to the consequences of digitalization to radical transformations in economics and self-governance.
Andreea Ion Cojocaru
Andreea Ion Cojocaru is a licensed architect, a software developer and the CEO and co-founder of NUMENA, a creative studio of coding architects. She holds an M.Arch degree from Yale University. Andreea is passionate about building tools for life & thought across spatial realities. She and her team designed and programmed the first version of the toolkit and of the Source City. Currently, they are active contributors to the Creators’ Block and the Farm Block.