The Well-Tempered City: A Conversation with Jonathan F. P. Rose

A photo by Alexander Rotker.

Photo by Alexander Rotker—


September 8, 2016

Welcome to episode seven of the Climate, Mind and Behavior Podcast. Each episode, we’ll explore groundbreaking intersections between climate change, resilience, contemplative practice and human behavior.

Jonathan F. P. Rose works with cities and not-for-profits to plan and build affordable and mixed-income green housing, andJonathan Rosecultural, health, and educational centers. Recognized for creating communities that literally heal both residents and neighborhoods, Rose is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the integration of environmental, social, and economic solutions to urban development issues facing us today. A frequent speaker and writer, his work has received widespread media attention from CNN to The New York Times and was profiled in e², a PBS series on sustainable development.

Rose’s work as founder of investment, development, and urban planning firm Jonathan Rose Companies has received awards from The Urban Land Institute, The American Institute of Architects, The American Planning Association, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and many others. With his wife, Diana Calthorpe Rose, he is cofounder of the Garrison Institute and the creator of its Climate, Mind, and Behavior program.

unnamedJonathan F. P. Rose is the author of the new book, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life. We sat down together to discuss his new book as well as his personal journey from a college student studying psychology and philosophy at Yale in the 1970s to a renowned thought-leader, real estate developer and author, and the ways he connects compassion and contemplative practice to building resilient cities in the face of global mega-trends like climate change.

Our Theme music is composed by Zoë Keating. You can find her music on iTunes or on her website, Zoë

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