My name is Dani Broitman, and I am an assistant professor, at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. My research lies in the intersection of the fields of urban and regional economics, ecosystem services, urban dynamics and modeling. I am particularly interested in the complex relations between economic, social and ecological systems and cities. The systematic examination of feedback effects and interactions between economic incentives, regulatory systems, ecological services and the spatial dynamics of the built environment is a major intellectual challenge. Therefore, an in depth understanding of these interactions is interesting on a theoretical level. However, considering that more than half of the world’s population is currently living in cities and the high growth rates predicted for urban areas, the expected joint development of these systems is of a practical and immediate concern.