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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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
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Beyond resilience: Toward ‘antifragile’ urbanism

Let’s embrace and empower the collective skill in producing beautiful and well-adapted habitat, which is evident throughout human history.
MICHAEL MEHAFFYAPR. 17, 2019
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A tale of two futures

Urbanism will play a key role in a choice between an “age of human capital” and an age of depletion and division.
MICHAEL MEHAFFYDEC. 15, 2016