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Stefan Al, PhD, is an architect, urban designer, and a 2018 TED Resident

His design credentials include the 2000-feet tall Canton Tower, which was briefly the world's tallest structure. In addition, he served as an advisor to the Hong Kong government, the Chinese government, and the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

His latest book is Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise. His previous book, The Strip, was a Wall Street Journal "best book to read.” CHOICE called his co-authored book, Beyond Mobility, a "fantastic book" and "required reading." At the University of Pennsylvania, Al teaches an online course, Designing Cities, with more than 70,000 students. He is a Visiting Professor at Tongji University. A native of The Netherlands, he resides in New York.

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 Canton Tower (© Information Based Architecture)

Canton Tower (© Information Based Architecture)

 Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places (Island Press)

Beyond Mobility: Planning Cities for People and Places (Island Press)

Stefan Al presents an inspiring and extensive toolbox of strategies that cities can embrace to adapt to sea level rise. Al looks across the world optimistically: yes we can do it! And we must, since there is no time to waste.
— Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of The Netherlands, Sherpa to the UN and World Bank High Level Panel on Water, and Principal for Rebuild by Design
 The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream (The MIT Press)

The Strip: Las Vegas and the Architecture of the American Dream (The MIT Press)

 Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise: Green and Gray Strategies (Island Press)

Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise: Green and Gray Strategies (Island Press)

 
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