Jonathan F. P. Rose: The Well-Tempered City
Jonathan F. P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work focuses on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible world. In 1989, Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multidisciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting, and investment firm. The firm has completed $2.3 billion of transformational work, in close collaboration with cities and not- for-profits. Rose is a thought leader in a wide range of urban issues, and the development of communities of opportunity. He has received MIT’s Visionary Leadership Award, the Urban Land Institute’s Global Award for Excellence, and many other awards for his work.
Rose’s book on how to create resilient cities, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life (Harper Wave, 2016), won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher.
Rose is a trustee of Enterprise Community Partners and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and honorary trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He plays bass and blues harp. He and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the cofounders of the Garrison Institute and serve on its board. The institute connects inner transformation with outer solutions to relieve suffering in the fields of trauma, education, and the environment. Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in psychology and philosophy, and received a master's in regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.
Every city in the world is affected by global megatrends — climate change, population growth, rapid urbanization, rising income inequality, terrorism, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the loss of jobs, unaffordable housing, and more. And in most cities, there is also a lack of a coherent vision of how to address these. In a volatile and rapidly changing world, cities must provide integrated urban solutions, designed with the ability to adapt and create cobenefits — and they must be framed with a vision of human and natural systems' wellbeing, supported by an adaptive technical realm.