The Entertainment Zone

Submitted by Brent D. Ryan on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 7:35pm

This paper describes informal, small-scale leisure and nightlife districts or entertainment zones (EZs) which have developed in or near the downtowns of mid-sized and large American cities in recent years. Occupying older vernacular buildings in marginal areas of downtown, the bars, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and performance spaces of EZs have developed largely without the large-scale design, planning, government action or subsidy common in formal urban entertainment districts.

The Restructuring of Detroit

Submitted by Brent D. Ryan on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 7:19pm

This paper examines the dramatic changes to city block morphology that occurred during the 20th century in Detroit, MI, USA. The study area is comprised of four square miles (10.4km2) of downtown Detroit. The paper measures the amount and causes of city block frontage change between the years 1896 and 2002, and finds that 37% of Detroit’s 1896 city block frontage was removed by 2002. Only 50% of the removed frontage was replaced with new frontage.

From Cars to Casinos

Submitted by Brent D. Ryan on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 6:50pm

This chapter critiques the dominant growth-oriented perspective on globalization by illustrating the means by which a particular transnational metropolitan area, that of Detroit-Windsor (USA-Canada), is operating in a manner precisely opposite to the dominant teleological trajectory projected by the advocates of globalization for world-regions like New York, Tokyo, London, and emerging global cities elsewhere in Asia.

Landscape + Urbanism Around The Bay of Mumbai

Submitted by Alan Berger on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 9:26am

This book explores future planning and design in and around the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, specifically focused on the Bay of Mumbai. Over the summers of 2008 and 2009, a multidisciplinary group of graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture + Planning traveled to Mumbai for field research. Studio was led by professors Alan Berger and Rahul Mehrotra. MIT

Waste To Place

Submitted by Alan Berger on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 9:16am

Booklet One
To visually introduce the scales and types of abandoned
mining sites across the United States, measure their
unique landscape qualities, and describe the processes
of mine reclamation to the general public. A brief
background and history section details the efforts to
reclaim mining sites along French Gulch in Breckeridge,
Colorado and transform the area into a sustainable new


Socioeconomic Impact Analysis of Yellow-dust Storms: An Approach and Case Study for Beijing

Submitted by Selene Victor on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 2:50pm

Dust storms can extensively disrupt socioeconomic activities and pose hazards to human health and the ecosystem; yet no one has made a systematic analysis of dust storms from an economic perspective. Using a case study for Beijing in 2000, we present a preliminary analysis of socioeconomic impacts of yellow-dust storms, integrating regional economic analysis models with environmental-economic evaluation techniques. Our analyses demonstrate that the

Evaluating environmental and economic benefits of yellow dust storm-related policies in north China

Submitted by Selene Victor on Tue, 12/11/2012 - 4:59pm

Yellow-dust storms (YDSs) have attracted increasing attention worldwide in the past decade. They can extensively disrupt socioeconomic activities and pose hazards to ecosystems, as well as to human health. In recent years, China has invested multi-billions of dollars to mitigate the impact of YDSs. However, the effectiveness of such YDS control programmes has rarely been evaluated. This research develops a causal model to quantify the environmental benefits of YDS control programmes in China, and further employs regional economic models to evaluate the ensuing economic impacts.