Case studies cover a range of topics: documenting changes to land use and cover; analyzing the movement and flows of people and information; assessing the role of governance and policy; measuring the impact of technology, infrastructure, and engineering; and determining the influence of economics and finance. They reveal that individual cities possess their own character determined largely by their history, physical environmental, regional to global standing, and—perhaps most importantly—the people living there.
Philip Stoker is an assistant professor of planning and landscape architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. He holds a PhD in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of Utah where he completed his thesis on urban water use and sustainability. His academic foundations are in ecology, planning, and natural resource management. He has conducted environmental and social science research internationally, including work with the World Health Organization, Parks Canada, the National Park Service, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.