Doug Kelbaugh, FAIA FCNU, is Dean Emeritus of the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He is an author of many articles and books, including The Urban Fix. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
We can be thankful that we are in the midst of a golden age for cities, and their vibrant resurgence colors ominous global trends in more optimistic hues.
In architecture, the constant search for the new no longer represents freedom. Urbanism and sustainability are nobler and more practical imperatives.