INDUSTRY IN MOTION

Submitted by Sarah Williams on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 3:11am

As many of you know, the Garment District has been under enourmous pressure to rezone over the past several years. This proposal could possibly erode the way in which designers are able to work and innovate. During Summer of 2011, the Spatial Information Design Lab, in partnership with Elizabeth Currid, set out to quantify the importance of manufacturing firms in the Garment District. In this project we used smart phone technology to perform a survey of the spatial patterns of New York City deisgn firms.

Purging the Poorest

Submitted by Eran Ben-Joseph on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 11:04am

Larry Vale new book  Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities offers a new narrative of the seventy-five-year struggle to house the “deserving poor.”  In the 1930s, two iconic American cities, Atlanta and Chicago, demolished their slums and established some of this country’s first public housing. Six decades later, these same cities also led the way in clearing public housing itself.

EPP Earth Day Talk

TITLE: Climate Change Adaptation Planning in New York City in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

PRESENTER: William Solecki, Professor, Department of Geography and Director, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities

VENUE CHANGE: Discussion on the Tipped Minimum Wage Campaign with Saru Jayaraman

Please join MIT Community Innovators Lab and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning's Students of Color Committee for an discussion on the tipped minimum wage campaign with Saru Jayaraman, the co-director and co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (http://rocunited.org/), and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

#citychat: Transit Equity in Growing Cities & the Istanbul Case

On Tuesday, April 9th at 2:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. GMT / 9:00 p.m. in Istanbul (EEST), @MITCoLab (https://twitter.com/MITCoLab) will host a live #citychat (https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23citychat&src=savs) conversation on Twitter about social inequalities in urban transportation, automobile dependency, and the relationship between transit and human rights. We???ll look at the case of Istanbul, but we want to hear perspectives and issues from all cities.

Discussion on Immigration Reform with Sofia Campos and Kent Wong

Please join MIT Community Innovators Lab and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning's Students of Color Committee for a discussion on immigration with Sofia Campos, organizer with United We Dream (http://unitedwedream.org/about/our-missions-goals/), the largest immigrant youth-led reform campaign, and Kent Wong, Director of UCLA's Center for Labor Research and Education.

Book Talk: "Purging the Poorest"

Professor Larry Vale will give a talk on his forthcoming book, Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities.

The building and management of public housing is often seen as a signal failure of American public policy, but this is a vastly oversimplified view. In Purging the Poorest, Lawrence J. Vale offers a new narrative of the seventy-five-year struggle to house the “deserving poor.”

Transportation as A Language

Submitted by Jinhua Zhao on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:38am

Is travel simply a mandane daily chore? Or may it convery a higher meaning? Surveying aspects of one's life: dining, clothing, sheltering and travelling, all have an element of utility and an element of vanity. In contrast to its usual technical perception, we see transportation as a rich language to describe a personcharacterize a city and understand an institution.

Student Research

Submitted by Jinhua Zhao on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 11:58am

I very much enjoy working with students in various forms: RA, theses, directed studies, term projects, co-authoring papers, conference presentations, etc. Here is a list of those who I've had the pleasure to work with.

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