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Urban Planning Expert Pens Book on the Future of Cities

New book highlights design impact on resiliency, social equity

Urban design expert David Dixon, FAIA has authored a new book on the evolution of urban design, why and how it is reshaping cities today, and what it means for tomorrow’s cities.

The second, entirely updated, edition of Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Cities, coauthored with Lance Jay Brown and published by Wiley, focuses on the emerging forces shaping urban design, including resilience, people’s desire to return to cities from the suburbs, smart growth, and the effects of economic disparity, among many other topics.

The book also integrates 45 case studies of innovative urban projects across the globe that illuminate the dramatic possibilities of urban design.

“We are in an unprecedented era of awareness and thoughtful, integrated design when it comes to cities,” says Dixon. “This book surveys how cities around the world are grappling with similar problems, from rising sea levels to social inequality to the impacts of globalization. They’re finding all kinds of innovative ways to promote environmental, economic, personal and social health.”

A nationally recognized authority on issues facing cities, Dixon was recently featured on a Washington Post Live panel on the health of cities, presented on resilience in cities at a TEDx event last year, and received the American Institute of Architects’ Thomas Jefferson Award for public architecture. He leads a new Urban Group at design firm Stantec. He and his team recently won a National Planning Excellence Award from the American Planning Association for their work in launching a diverse new arts/innovation neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. They are currently working on downtown revitalization efforts in cities across the North America, including Albany, New York, Calgary, Charlotte, and Corpus Christi.

Urban Design for an Urban Century is available now on the Wiley website or

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