Michael Mehaffy

Michael Mehaffy, Ph.D. is a development consultant, planner, designer, author, educator, researcher, and executive director of the International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) conference series as well as the Oregon-based Sustasis Foundation. He was the first Director of Education for The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment in London, and an advisor to the then-Prince of Wales. His education program developed there later evolved into Master’s and Ph.D. programs in sustainable urbanism at the University of Oxford.

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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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Why we need ‘sociable distancing’

The false duality between dense public spaces and isolated private ones misses the complexity of all the diverse—and relatively safe—urban places in between.
MICHAEL MEHAFFYMAR. 30, 2020
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The emperor's new buildings

A book review of Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism by James Stevens Curl.
MICHAEL MEHAFFYFEB. 19, 2019