The Well Tempered City and the Future of Urban Life with Jonathan F. P. Rose, Philip Glass and Paul Goldberger


Cities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress and cauldrons of opportunity. As the twenty-first century progresses, metropolitan areas will bear the brunt of global megatrends such as climate change, natural resource depletion, population growth, income inequality, mass migration, and education and health disparity, among many others.

Jonathan F. P. Rose — the man who “repairs the fabric of cities” and the urban development visionary responsible for planning and re-developing urban communities around the globe — talks with composer Philip Glass and architectural critic Paul Goldberger about the role of cities in addressing the environmental, economic challenges of the twenty-first century.

Drawing from the musical concept of “temperament,” Rose proposes well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, resilience, adaptability and well-being, to achieve ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature.