“The city must be recognized as a part of nature and designed accordingly”
-Ann Whiston Spirn
Urban design should create a sense of comfort and safety for the resident and visitor. It can remind us of nature at its wildest – its canyons, valleys and streams while it functions to turn the wheels of business, commerce and everyday civic life. American cities, unlike in the developing world, are largely built. Our challenge is to reinvigorate our urban areas in ways that are energy efficient, sustainable, diverse and support local economies and people.