Jonathan Barnett

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Designing the Megaregion

Meeting Urban Challenges at a New Scale

Island Press

In Designing the Megaregion, planning and urban design expert Jonathan Barnett takes a fresh look at designing megaregions. Barnett argues that planning megaregions requires ecological literacy and a renewed commitment to social equity in order to address the increasing pressure that growth puts on natural, built, and human resources. If current trends continue, new construction in megaregions will put additional stress on natural resources, make highway gridlock and airline delays much worse, and cause each region to become more separate and unequal. Barnett offers an incremental approach to designing at the megaregional scale that will help prepare for future economic and population growth.

There is an urgent need to begin designing megaregions, and Barnett offers a hopeful way forward using systems that are already in place.

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