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The city that proves that good urban des...

This story is part of What Happens Next, our comprehensive guide to understanding the future. Read more predictions about the future of cities. The biggest challenge for cities will be to manage the explosive growth of their peripheries. Entire areas of informal settlements are growing in many urban centers in Africa, Asia and Latin America, […]

Better urban design can help curb floodi...

Over the course of four days in mid-September, Hurricane Florence abandoned a record 34 inches of rain in Swansboro, North Carolina – a city that typically receives 57 inches in an entire year. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused the worst flooding in Houston’s history. In 2012, flooding from Super Hurricane Sandy — took into consideration […]

What about architects and urban design? ...

Earlier this summer, I was listening to an architect teach urban design at one of our architecture schools. It started out promisingly by showing a site that I recognized as one of ours. However, he ruined it almost immediately by then imposing a caricature of a plan (not ours) on the site and saying, “It’s […]