Michael Mehaffy

Cities are immensely complex self-organizing systems, not mere top-down designs—but they do need top-down interventions in strategic places. Unfortunately, we still have inadequate models and tools. Exclusive
Aug 28, 2015  By Michael Mehaffy
Amid growing skepticism, an international gathering examines the useful benefits for an age of critical urban challenges. Exclusive
Jun 3, 2015  By Michael Mehaffy
Research across a range of fields is beginning to offer useful new guidance for planning policy and practice—and pointing the way to more effective "bottom-up" strategies. Exclusive
Jun 25, 2014  By Michael Mehaffy
With the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities coming to a close, Michael Mehaffy refutes the contrarians and clarifies Jacobs' lasting "Top 10" observations found in the incredibly influential book. Exclusive
Dec 15, 2011  By Michael Mehaffy
The excesses of the "landscape urbanism" aside, Michael Mehaffy believes landscape architects are well positioned to lead the way towards positive change in the urban landscape. Here's why. Exclusive
Apr 18, 2011  By Michael Mehaffy
The latest in a series of academic challenges to the New Urbanism turns out to be weak in all the areas that matter most, argues author Michael Mehaffy. Exclusive
Oct 4, 2010  By Michael Mehaffy
In the battle against climate change, cities will be even more important than we think, says Michael Mehaffy, managing director of the Sustasis Foundation. Research presented in Copenhagen shows that Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMTs) are only part of the story, and should not be considered in isolation from other factors. Exclusive
Nov 30, 2009  By Michael Mehaffy
The architectural reform movement called New Urbanism is proving highly influential, and therefore it merits rigorous critique and analysis. Exclusive
May 2, 2005  By Michael Mehaffy
The challenge for architecture is to be more firmly rooted in the real patterns of human activity. Michael Mehaffy reports on the 'New Science, New Architecture' Conference in London. Exclusive
Oct 11, 2004  By Michael Mehaffy
A project manager gives a real-world account of the successes and failures of one of the nation's most closely watched new transit-oriented communities, and its role in the regional growth management strategy. Exclusive
Jun 17, 2003  By Michael Mehaffy