Michael Mehaffy

Michael Mehaffy, Ph.D. is an urban designer, consultant, and senior researcher at the Ax:son Johnson Foundation in Stockholm. He is also director of the Portland-based think tank Sustasis Foundation. His doctoral research, presented at the Paris Climate Conference in 2015, was on the relation of urban form and greenhouse gas emissions.

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The urban dimensions of climate change: Lessons for a New Urbanism

Reining in sprawl is still the most important first step in transitioning to a more benign kind of settlement, and more responsible planning. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is only one of many benefits—but it is a significant one.
MICHAEL MEHAFFYMAR. 19, 2019
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Public space, identity politics, and civic collaboration

All politics is local—and to that we could add, all politics is rooted in the public spaces we share at the local level.
MICHAEL MEHAFFYFEB. 20, 2017
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Towering madness in Portland

A rebuttal to my friend Rob Steuteville’s recent post.
MICHAEL MEHAFFYMAR. 16, 2018