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Already half the world’s population of 7 billion lives in cities. By 2050, 6.3 billion people will have been born in, or migrated to, urban areas — primarily in the developing world, in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Citing research in Planet of Cities by Solly Angel on the incredible challenge of creating decent housing, author Anthony Flint, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, looks to a master of modernism for inspiration: Le Corbusier, whose super-efficient apartment blocks — largely disparaged today, and associated with urban renewal — provide a blueprint for innovative design.


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Anthony Flint

Anthony Flint

Anthony Flint is a senior fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a think tank in Cambridge, Mass., with expertise in urban planning, housing, climate change and resilience, infrastructure, and global urbanization. He is author of Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow (New Harvest); Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City (Random House); and This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America (Johns Hopkins University Press); and co-editor of Smart Growth Policies: An Evaluation of Programs and Outcomes (Lincoln Institute).

He has been a journalist for over 30 years, primarily at The Boston Globe, a policy advisor on smart growth for Massachusetts state government, a visiting scholar and Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, writer in residence at The American Library in Paris, and a practitioners fellow at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. He is a contributor to The Atlantic’s CityLab, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, Metropolis, Next City, Planning magazine, and Planetizen, author of the blogs At Lincoln House and Developing Stories, and a curator and speaker at TEDxBeaconStreet and TEDxTampaBay.

He earned his B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and attended the University of St. Andrews and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Wrestling with Moses won a Christopher Award in 2010.