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KPFA Fund Drive- How to Build Resilient Cities for the Future

With Jonathan F. P. Rose, a nationally renowned city planner, whose investment, development and urban planning firm, The Jonathan Rose Companies, has received rewards from the Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, and many others.

About the book:

the_well_tempered_cityCities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity—and the home of 80 percent of the world’s population by 2080. As the 21st century progresses, metropolitan areas will bear the brunt of global megatrends such as climate change, natural resource depletion, population growth, income inequality, mass migrations, education and health disparities, among many others.

In The Well-Tempered City, Jonathan Rose offers a five-pronged model for how to design and reshape our cities with the goal of equalizing their landscape of opportunity. Drawing from the musical concept of “temperament” as a way to achieve harmony, Rose argues that well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, resilience, adaptability, well-being, and the ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature.

The Well-Tempered City is a reasoned, hopeful blueprint for a thriving metropolis—and the future.

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