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An Urban Planner's Dream

Judy Layzer isn't, by any common definition, a futurist. But after a conversation
with her you might feel you've just spoken with one.

A political scientist by training, Layzer now teaches and writes in MIT's urban studies department, where she has become increasingly focused on sustainability and the built environment especially the ways that that environment is going to change. The way she tells it, change sounds like possibility (however hard it may be to achieve). As she says after enumerating some of the "healthy changes and opportunities" that will result from higher energy prices, "all of this is in some ways an urban planner's dream. It's the way we thought people should be living anyway."

For the MIT Sustainability Interview series, Layzer spoke with MIT Sloan Management Review editor-in-chief Michael S. Hopkins.

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