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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We need ‘Goldilocks,’ not ‘voodoo,’ urbanism

Cities generate benefits from concentrations of talent—but also from “spreading it around.” Striking a balance results in more equity and a more resilient economy.
MICHAEL MEHAFFYJAN. 16, 2019