Skepticism about Silicon Valley’s claims about the transformative and disruptive power of urban technology has become a focus of this newsletter, and that continues in this issue with a CityLab interview with renowned Copenhagen architect Jan Gehl giving his take on smart cities. I definitely recommend reading the full piece.
I’m also very passionate about another of this week’s topics: the growing crisis of urban loneliness. The UK even appointed a minister for loneliness earlier this year in recognition of the problem. The two articles I’ve included look at how young people are suffering from it and how we might try to address it through changing the design of our cities. I have no doubt that the increasing focus on densification and shifting toward public transit, cycling, and walking will help bring people back together, but there’s so much more that needs to be done to rebuild our communities and restore social bonds that have been lost.
As always, have a great Sunday, and make sure to check out the quick listing of other great reads at the end of the article!