Our Future is Urban


This is an essay highlighting current challenges and opportunities in urban settings around the world. Today we are witnessing unprecedented urban migration into cities from rural communities due to climate, economic, and political challenges. We should anticipate migration as sea level rise and storm surges threaten coastal cities, as our aging population relocates to more accessible living, and as people search for more employment opportunities in the city. We are facing significant changes in the following six areas related to our future cities that are influencing future decision-making: Ecology, Livability, Energy, Mobility, Technology, and Materiality.



Philip Enquist, FAIA

Governor's Chair,
Partner for Urban Design & Planning
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism