Humane Cities

The Humane Cities Initiative brings scholars together from across ASU to engage in conversation, debate and collaborative research focused on cities.



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Cities are created by humans—for humans

The Humane Cities Initiative was launched in the fall of 2016. Its goal is to make ASU—with its critical mass of faculty working on urban issues across the humanities and in other disciplines—a hub for innovative, transdisciplinary research focusing on cities. The Humane Cities Initiative brings scholars together from across the university to engage in conversation, debate and collaborative research. As we move toward a world where it is estimated that by 2030 over 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, and over 400 million will live in cities of 10 million people or more, it is crucial to address urban issues.

Too often thought of in terms of infrastructure and resources, cities are first and foremost created by and for human beings. Humane cities foster dialogue and provide official and unofficial venues in which residents can make their voices heard. They encourage residents to feel at home by creating spaces in which people can gather, by inspiring community ties, and by offering a framework for expressing and debating collective identity and history. They serve as microcosms for challenges of national and global importance, and places where abstract concepts such as “migration” or “borders” are lived every day by ordinary people.

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