Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Civic Hacking as Civic Engagement

Speaker: Nigel Jacob - With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics - a civic innovation incubator within Boston's City Hall. Nigel also serves as Mayor Menino's advisor on emerging technologies. In both of these roles, Nigel works to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area.

CDD Forum: Civic Hacking as Civic Engagement by Nigel Jacob

 Monday, February 25, 6:00 pm, Building 10, Room 485
Civic Hacking as Civic Engagement

2013 CAU Symposium

Infrastructural Monument

Can a typical American city be transformed from a collection of fragments assembled regionally by interstate highways, to a more durable regional constitution, using targeted infrastructural investment projects? A positive answer would imply that it is possible to use infrastructure designs and investments to leverage results beyond the realm of transportation of goods or labor; in the realm of culture, public space, architecture and landscape form. This question frames the first conference of the Center for Advanced Urbanism.

Urban Films: Detropia (2012)

Detroit's story encapsulates the iconic narrative of America over the last century---the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos.

India's Urban Transformation: The Full Story

Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, will discuss India's transformation, drawing particular attention to the less-discussed displacement of India's urban poor. Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning Bishwapriya Sanyal will provide the introduction.

Training Workshop: NGO Evaluation and Displacement Monitoring

Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, will lead a training workshop on NGO practices with respect to displacement: specifically how NGOs approach social impact analysis, and methodologies, tools and criteria for appraising projects. As the former UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Kothari has played a key role in developing many of these tools.

Please RSVP as dinner will be provided.

"Towards a Better Urban Agenda: Development without Displacement"

Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, will discuss past development challenges, with particular attention to persistent displacement of urban and rural poor, as well as emerging trends, and future avenues for both research and action. Ford International Professor of Law and Development Balakrishnan Rajagopal will act as discussant. - Please note room change to Pappalardo Community Room, 4-349. -

Urban Films: Revolution '67 (2007)

Revolution '67 is an illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history---the black urban rebellions of the 1960s. Focusing on the six-day Newark, N.J., outbreak in mid-July, Revolution '67 reveals how the disturbances began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America's struggles over race and economic justice.

Urban Films: The Last Mountain (2011)

Special Earth Day Feature. In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.