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View Resource Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research

Throughout his long life, Lewis Mumford wore multiple hats, including those of a prolific author, accomplished chronicler of urbanism, and social critic. In 1988, a group of scholars from the University of Albany visited Mumford and his wife to discuss a plan for an academic center whose work would be both "comparative and historical in scope." The fruits of this initial idea became the Lewis...
View Resource State of World Population 2007

In terms of human settlement patterns, the world's population is undeniably becoming more and more urbanized. By 2008, over half of the world's population will be living in urban areas, and by 2030, it is estimated that 5 billion people will live in urbanized areas. This is but one of the aspects of the world's population that is discussed within the interactive pages of the 2007 State of World...
View Resource Can "Big Data" tell us new things about big cities?

Why Bigger Cities Are Greener Cities The Economic Productivity of Urban Areas: Disentangling General Scale Effects from Local Exceptionability Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis SENSEable City...
View Resource City 2.0

TED's City 2.0 is "a gathering place for urban citizens to share innovations and inspire actions." The focus of this rather wonderful series of events was to work on envisioning the cities of the future. Visitors to the site will find archived videos from the devoted day of urban inspiration in 2012 and 2013 and they can click through the Videos area to get started. There are over two dozen talks...

View Resource 100 Resilient Cities

The future of cities is the subject of much hand-wringing in urban policy circles. As of late, a popular topic has been the concept of urban "resilience" and the Rockefeller Foundation has taken this matter on with its 100 Resilient Cities initiative. On its website, first-time visitors should first explore the "What is Resilience?" area. Here, the topic is explained in detail and an infographic...

View Resource Featured Videos: Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) offers up high-quality seminars, conferences, research materials, and long term planning information for real estate professionals, urbanologists, public leaders, and others. Its Featured Videos include observations from professionals in Europe talking about large scale megaprojects to conversations about transit planning in Chicago. A good place to start is with...