The Chaos-Order Spectrum of Cities

The idea that the places we inhabit should be humane doesn’t seem like it would be a particularly controversial idea. Yet many cities and towns around the world are built with no regard to the mental, emotional, and cultural needs of humans. It is commonplace to find vast tracts of residential land that look like computer chips or waffle irons instead of organic systems. In order to thrive in cities, humans need a sense of place, the feeling of living in a community, and a rich and varied urban fabric.