Teaching Interest

Building Sustainable Cities and Infrastructure

by John D. Macomber


This finance elective looks at infrastructure, real estate, economic development, resilience, and innovation in cities and urban design.  The focus is on pragmatic solutions to three of the largest problems of our times:  massive and rapid urbanization as hundreds of millions of people move to cities seeking opportunity;  existing and worsening scarcity of basic resources like clean air, clean water, power, food, coupled with too much trash and too much traffic; and the apparent inability of governments alone to imagine, create, and finance the infrastructure and urban form to address this issues.

Keywords: urbanization; real estate; social enterprise; environment; infrastructure; finance; economic development; resilience;