With a world of 7.3 billion people with the majority of them living in urbanized areas, it is becoming ever more important to design cities to efficiently fit dense populations of people yet in a way that is healthy and sustainable for the people and the environment. This includes more efficient transportation systems, walkable communities, green building projects, urban gardening, and
Many would argue that the future of humanity is not going to be determined by national governments, but by how we develop or local cities and communities.
Click here to listen to NPR's "Cities as Infestations" story (2012) to get a planetary view of the human impact on geographic and biological systems through city building:
"Every geological epoch gets a name. Looking back over millions of years, you have your Eocene, your Pliocene, your Holocene epoch (that was the most recent one). Now folks are suggesting that we are entering a new epoch, the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene means it's our activity which is the main driver changing the planet. But you know what? The Anthropocene is really the epoch of the city. It's our city building — on a massive, planetary scale — that is at work here."