Redesigned Cities, Sustainable World
with Jonathan F.P. Rose
Offered in partnership with the New York Public Library
Friday, May 10, 2019

Cities are the birthplaces of civilization, centers of culture and trade, and cauldrons of progress. By the end of this century, they will be home to 80% of the earth’s population. As cities struggle to accommodate this growth, income inequality is likely to rise, fraying the social fabric, and the profound consequences of climate change are likely to worsen. What’s to be done? This master class looks at the history of urban development and finds in it a path toward redesigned cities that are more equal, resilient, and sustainable.

Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work all focus on creating more environmentally, socially, and economically resilient cities. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, and investment firm that works with cities and not-for-profits to build affordable and mixed-income housing with cultural, health, and educational infrastructure, and advocates for neighborhoods to be enriched with parks and open space, mass transit, jobs, and healthy food. Mr. Rose frequently lectures at graduate schools of business, environment, and architecture. His book on how to create resilient cities, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher. Mr. Rose chaired the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission, which developed the nation’s first green transit plan, and served on Governor Cuomo’s NYS 2100 Commission, tasked with identifying strategies for the long-term resilience of New York State’s infrastructure post-Hurricane Sandy.