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College Leadership


Michael McCall, President, Strategic Leisure

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College Leadership


Michael McCall, President, Strategic Leisure

Whole Leadership in College

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Minneapolis Leadership


Minneapolis Leadership


Whole Leadership in Minneapolis

Michael McCall and the Depot Development Company team

 

Having graduated from Leadership Minneapolis at age 24, a year later Michael McCall was President of             The Depot Development Company and with partner Steven Shapiro, secured venture capital from the Wheelock Whitney, Jr. family and $6 Million in land acquisition funding from the Minneapolis Tribune and the Soo Line Railroad.

 
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James W. Rouse


James W. Rouse


Whole Leadership under mentor, James W. Rouse

James W. Rouse is best known for his Boston's Faneuil Hall and Baltimore's Harborplace Festival Marketplace placemaking developments.

 

Whole Leadership in developing two Rouse Festival Marketplaces

From 1982 to 1992, Michael McCall worked for Mr. James W. Rouse, as Vice President of Development, where he developed Festival Marketplaces, led a multi-year joint venture with The Walt Disney Company, and conducted international consulting. 

After the development of millions of square feet of malls, the success of Festival Marketplaces Faneuil Hall in Boston and Harborplace in Baltimore, the development of the 14,000 acre Columbia, Maryland new-town, and his Time magazine cover story, Jim Rouse gathered Rouse Company alums and a younger generation to train under the master, at The Enterprise Development Company.

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Rouse / Mouse Leadership


Rouse / Mouse Leadership


Whole Leadership Rouse/Mouse

As a young developer in Minneapolis, having researched James Rouse’s Faneuil Hall in Boston & Harborplace in Baltimore, and having studied everything Disney since he was a boy, Michael McCall wanted to work for either landmark developer; both of which crafted places that profitably captivated the public. Michael decided to write Mr. Rouse, after which he called Mr. Rouse, and then he called Mr. Rouse, again. Not only did he get the job, but in beautiful irony, Mr. Rouse gave Michael the opportunity to work with The Walt Disney Company. 

If you think about Disneyland and think of its performance in relationship to its purpose – its meaning to people more than its meaning to the process of development – you will find it the outstanding piece of urban design in the United States. It took an area of activity – the amusement park – and lifted it to a standard so high in its performance, in its respect for people, in its functioning for people, that it really became a brand-new thing. It fulfills the function that it set out to accomplish unself-consciously, usefully and profitably.
— James W. Rouse Chairman, The Rouse Company, 1963 Commencement Speech, Harvard GSD
Billboard architecture was not in Jim Rouse’s scriptures. As the developer-saint and the chief sponsor of what can be considered the Architecture of Inclusion, he was not, at the end-game of his career, going to be a co-conspirator to turning away from the very fabric of the city he worked so hard to reintegrate with commercial enterprise: neither with the blankness of a berm nor with a hodge-podge of over-stuffed design gimmicks.
— Michael McCall, President, Strategic Leisure
 

Whole Leadership: Rouse/Mouse Chicago

 

Whole Leadership: Repositioning Disney's Pleasure Island

Disney implemented Michael's recommended street party, efficiently  increasing entertainment value where capacity already existed

Disney implemented Michael's recommended street party, efficiently  increasing entertainment value where capacity already existed

In 1989, Disney’s President, Frank Wells, asked Jim Rouse for advice on the then challenging Pleasure Island. Mr. Rouse asked Michael McCall to recommend a solution. Michael’s answer was to leverage the whole place, charging guests for a nightly street party. 

“Pleasure Island can be a street party by night, providing the entertainment value where the capacity is.”
— Michael McCall Pleasure Island recommendation excerpt
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Rouse: International Leadership


Rouse: International Leadership


Whole Leadership: International Consulting

The strategy of "Timeline Design" was used to conceptually plan a completely new city; which like all great cities, would exude the "Palimpsest of Place," the evolutionary vestiges of economic geography refecting the transformation from village, to town, to city.

Mr. Rouse gave Michael the opportunity to lead the international consulting primarily in the Pacific Rim countries of  Japan, Singapore and Australia. Michael also worked in Spain and England.

The project depicted here was for Shimizu, one of Japan's largest construction companies. The Conceptual Development Strategy was provided to Nippon Steel, the land owner of a 600 acre site on Osaka Bay, as gesture of goodwill from one large Japanese company to another. 

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Rouse: Field Museum Leadership


Rouse: Field Museum Leadership


Whole Leadership: Field Museum