The New City: How to Build Our Sustainable Urban Future

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Columbia University Press
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7.0 X 10.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author

Dickson D. Despommier is emeritus professor of public health and microbiology at Columbia University. His previous books include The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the Twenty-First Century (2010), which popularized the idea of raising crops inside tall buildings; People, Parasites, and Plowshares: Learning from Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders (Columbia, 2013); and Parasitic Diseases (seventh edition, 2019).

Mitchell Joachim is cofounder of the nonprofit architecture and urban design research group Terreform ONE and associate professor of practice at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Dickson D. Despommier paints a picture of the future city, where carbon sequestered in buildings, vertical farms, recycled water from the air, circular economies for waste, and renewable energy provide urban dwellers with their needs and wants. His argument that our species can only persist by refashioning cities around the realities of nature rings true in today's perilous world.--Ruth DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University, and author of What Would Nature Do?
Despommier conjures a future of totally sustainable 'off-grid' cities. A high degree of self-sufficiency in energy, water, and food will ensure quality of life for the urban population (more than two-thirds of the planet by the 2040s) while taking a great deal of pressure off the nonurban environment, providing a path to surviving climate change. The narrative depends on ambitious technical and policy assumptions, but Despommier has credibility as a visionary, given his broad ecologist's perspective and his successful record of defining the emerging urban-agriculture and vertical-farming sectors. This is a profoundly optimistic vision of cities inspired by and synchronized with nature.--Gregory Kiss, Kiss + Cathcart, Architects
How can we reconsider infrastructure to better serve our urban centers? Climate resiliency isn't just an environmental issue; it's a social justice issue, a public health issue, and an economic resiliency issue. We need solutions that address all four. Despommier's timely book helps us answer this question holistically, addressing the fact that sustainable communities are indeed successful ones. But most importantly, Despommier's work reminds us of the necessity of action.--Nona Yehia, cofounder and CEO, Vertical Harvest
The science of bad climate news is ever present, but in this wondrous work by Dickson D. Despommier, we see that the good news for the future might well be found in the rethinking and redesign of our cities.--Robert Fullilove, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Each change in the evolution of human history begins with a voice that sees the world differently--not the way it is, but the way it could be. Despommier is one of these people, and he has spent much of his career advocating for a sustainable ecology based on human health and a sensible approach to food production.--Scott Erdy, design principal, Erdy McHenry Architecture, and visiting lecturer, University of Pennsylvania
Dickson Despommier has done it again, and this time he goes higher toward the goal of feeding our growing global urban population with innovation, examples, and leadership. Farming inside cities is a critical part of feeding billions of people, and thanks to this new book we have a renewed vision of how to get there.--Josh Tickell, author of Kiss the Ground