Introduction:Why cities are the problem, but cities are the answer too
# Section I:
# Jane Jacobs on “the Kind of Problem a City Is”
4. A “web way of thinking…”
5. Toward an “Age of Human Capital”
# Section II:
# Christopher Alexander on why “A City is Not a Tree”
3. Learning from “the nature of order”
4. The untapped power of “adaptive morphogenesis” in modern design
# Section III:
# Philosophical Roots
3. Christopher Alexander: Mereology in practice
4. Jane Jacobs: The kind of problem design is
# Section IV:
# Opportunities and Threats
3. “Artistic sprawl” and the barrier of architecture
5. Beware of “voodoo urbanism”
# Section V:
# Key Lessons and Hopeful Examples
1. Connectivity: Cities need a continuous fabric of walkable, multi-modal streets and public spaces — and structures that support it.
2. Diverse opportunity: “Cities for all” are necessary not only for justice — they are necessary to how well a city actually performs.
3. Adaptation:We need to harness the power of evolution and adaptive morphogenesis, using it to generate forms that can more successfully accommodate human needs, activities and experiences.
4. Environmental sustainability: Cities offer us very powerful ecological and resource benefits — but we need to understand and empower their network dynamics.
5. Systems Reform: If we want better cities and towns, we need to change the “operating system for growth.”
Conclusion: Two Urban Futures