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I would say that there are three big questions facing Architects working at scale and Urban Designers going forward:What is our relationship to Water?Water as a precious resource to be managed and protected, and as a threat to be mitigated and adapted for.What is the role of the Street?There is increasing competition for this limited space and while autonomous vehicles may solve part of this problem, how can we deal with the proliferation of varying modes and speeds of mobility?What is the future of Public Space?Related to the above; but more critically as we become more selective about how and when we engage in face to face or communal settings, how is the public space of the city animated and kept alive?Architects and Urban designers also need to have a deeper understanding of the potential for cities to function as more integrated and complete ecological entities.Edgar AdamsProfessor of Architecture and Urban StudiesRoger Williams UniversityBristol, RI
Great opportunity and thanks for sharing this Tim!
Other Departments for sure! There are certainly challenges that require the attention of ULI, if it is serious about addressing the question of affordability; however, I don't see too many Opp. Eds. about combined sewer overflows or fish die offs or daylight flooding or the fact that cities like Boston are investing billions in real estate and infrastructure that will be underwater in the not too distant future. Bad for business I suppose; but there are real strategies that we can employ if we can convince politicians to look beyond the 4 year election cycle.
Sorry if this sounds like a cynical rant. I applaud the work that is being done by so many within the profession. But the kind of "Big Picture" thinking that is needed here (as Tim implies) is of a very different sort.