Silent Moments (iadt) 26 April – 3 May

All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim.

Christopher Morley

Soft-shelled, we armour ourselves with technology. We build human cities, our correlate to anthills and beehives. As a social species, like ants and bees, our well-being depends upon mutual aid, social networks, and culture adaptions – of which technology is manifested.

How cities shape consumption, promote health and equity, and nurture creative collaboration may determine the arc of the planet’s future. Urban management may be the ultimate multiplier, either minimizing poverty and supporting equitable cities or hastening the collapse of ecosystems. This may be especially true in small to medium cities, where most of the population growth will occur; these cities, however, will also face a dearth of skilled managers.

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