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Oct 28, 2020

The fight against climate change is monumental and urgent. Yet one aspect of the international dialogue is conspicuously absent, Doug Kelbaugh argues—urban design.

Professor and urban planner Doug Kelbaugh joined us to share from his book The Urban Fix: Resilient Cities in the War Against Climate Change, Heat Islands, and Overpopulation. He explained how cities are one of the most significant contributors to global climate change, but also how they may provide the answers to their own problems. Urban design, planning, and policies can use their inherent advantages to counter the threats of climate change in incremental, manageable steps, like planting trees and painting roofs white. Kelbaugh invited us to a better understanding of the impact resilient cities can have on the global crisis—and to explore whether cities may be our last best hope for the future.

Doug Kelbaugh is a professor of architecture and urban and regional planning. After graduating from Princeton, he led Kelbaugh + Lee from 1977 to 1985, an architecture firm that won 15 design awards and competitions. He’s authored or edited several books and several book chapters on livable, lovable, and resilient architecture and cities.

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