Articles by Michael Mehaffy

About Michael Mehaffy

Michael Mehaffy is Chair of the Future of Places Research Network, a new research coordination network based in Stockholm, Sweden, aimed at identifying and developing topics toward implementation of the New Urban Agenda, and with a particular focus on public space networks.

The UN’s New Urban Agenda Is Official…Now What?

The statistics are impressive. 30,000 people participated in Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador this year, the bi-decennial conference otherwise known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Over 500 networking events, panels and...

Lessons From An Emerging “Science of Cities”

This blog post is a response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?” More than a half a century ago the urban scholar Jane Jacobs...

Design Technologies for Self-Organizing Cities

The great polymath Herbert Simon once defined design as “the transformation of existing states to preferred ones.”  There’s a lot packed into that elegant definition, and more questions than answers –  but they are the right questions.  Who is doing the...
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