‘The Well-Tempered City': An Epic Book, and Why

"I love epic stories with universal meaning for varied audiences around the world. In sum, that is why I think Jonathan F.P. Rose‘s new book will become a must-read classic. And, if 400-pagers are not your style, it’s at worst a well-written, must-browse wonder, with relevant lessons for us all," wrote Chuck Wolfe in a book review. "Even those who prefer the short length of a tweet should immerse themselves in Rose’s ideas."

Cities Face a Plethora of Challenges in a Rapidly Urbanizing World: Developer Jonathan Rose on The Well-Tempered City

Margaret Jackson writes that: "In The Well-Tempered City, Jonathan Rose condenses a lifetime of research and firsthand experience into a model for designing and reshaping cities with a goal of equalizing their prospects for opportunity. 'The most competitive cities have the most flat or equal landscape of opportunity,' Rose says. We can measure all of this and make decisions to achieve these outcomes'.”

“Green City, Clean Waters” – water champion Howard Neukrug fundamentally changed Philadelphia’s relationship with nature

"Changing the world—or even one small piece of it—requires a lot of trial and error. We divide the city into communities, needs, types, gradients, opportunities, public, private and quasi-government," stated Howard Neukrug. "We do this because although it is mainly the land’s use and management that determines the nature and quality of all our city’s water, a water utility has little to no control over that land."

THE WELL-TEMPERED CITY: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life – a visionary new book by Jonathan Rose

In the vein of Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities and Edward Glaeser’s Triumph of the City, Jonathan F. P. Rose—a visionary in urban development and renewal—champions the role of cities in addressing the environmental, economic, and social challenges of the 21st century. He advocates using green infrastructure to mitigate damage from destructive storms. "What's so compelling about natural systems solutions is that they not only save costs but also improve the quality of life," he contends.

“Water is going to be the trigger for better land-use planning, so they go hand-in-hand,” says 2016 Land Champion award-winner

"The sophistication of our land use and water use conversation is much higher in BC than in most other provinces. On a tiny, tiny little piece of BC, about two per cent, over 80 per cent of the people live and we grow over 80 per cent of our farm-gate receipts. That is such a high potential for conflict. The wonderful thing is that this also spurs the potential for doing things in new and very innovative ways," stated Deborah Curran.

“We must debate the question of urgency in responding to climate change,” stated Chair Vic Derman when introducing his report to the Capital Regional District’s Environmental Services Committee

"Unquestionably, many of the decisions we must make will involve financial outlays. In some cases, they will be considerable. When deciding whether or not decisions being considered are 'affordable', the CRD and local governments should ask the question: 'What will be the cost to the planet and ultimately to us, if other local governments around the world were to join us in deciding that we simply can’t afford to respond'. In all likelihood, we cannot afford not to," concluded Vic Derman.

Think and Act like a Watershed: Harness Nature to Adapt to a Changing Climate

Research at Simon Fraser University resulted in development of a framework for evaluating application of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). “Julia Berry did a great job of integrating concepts and testing the evaluation framework on her two case cities. Hopefully the work continues to advance our understanding of how to make these concepts accessible and measurable to help guide and promote implementation," stated Sean Markey.

GREEN COMMUNITIES & DESIGNING WITH NATURE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: Partnership for Water Sustainability’s “Feast AND Famine Workshop” showcased solutions and tools for building water-resilient communities (Dec 2015)

"We face a number of cumulative and compounding human effects that at present make sustainability a moving target. We need to stabilize these effects if we don’t want adaptation and resilience to constantly be beyond reach," said Bob Sandford. "The problem is that that we have begun to undermine the planetary conditions upon which we depend for the stability of environment and economy that are the foundation of our prosperity."

NEW REPORT: Green infrastructure significantly reduces flood damages

"Green Infrastructure (GI) is necessary for water quality and stream health, and enhances community resiliency and environmental protection. In addition to these benefits, GI reduces government expenditures and protects existing investments in flood control. However, to be effective, GI must be implemented at the watershed level and communities must realize that they will all benefit from each other’s investments," explains Dan Medina.