Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

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

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

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.

American Planning Association (APA) China Program Workshop

 

Speakers: Jeffrey Soule, FAICP, Director of Outreach and International Programs at the American Planning Association (APA).

Yuan Fang (Andy), AICP, Program Associate for International Affairs at APA.

 

Coming Home to New Orleans

Karl Seidman new book, Coming Home to New Orleans, documents grassroots rebuilding efforts in New Orleans neighborhoods after hurricane Katrina, and draws lessons on their contribution to the post-disaster recovery of cities.    The book summarizes Katrina's impact and the planning and public sector recovery policies that set the context for neighborhood recovery and presents and analyzes rebuilding for six New Orleans neighborhoods.

Smart Device and Travel Time Use

This research investigates the usage of smart devices and time at bus stops and on buses in Vancouver, Canada. Using passive observations and self-reported surveys mainly from college students, the majority of passengers were found to use their travel time actively. Most of the observed active activities are associated with the usage of smart devices. However, while the possession of smart devices is prevalent, less than one third of passengers used them during travel.

COLOMBIA, land of light: documentary + discussion

COLOMBIA, tierra de luz (land of light) consists of a series of symbolic acts of support for victims of violence and displacement in different parts of Colombia, through the media of photography and art. It is a voice that confronts the silence surrounding those who have been affected and marginalized by the armed conflict for more than half a century.

Community Energy Innovations Symposium – Enabling Efficiency in Multifamily Housing

Sponsored/led by DUSP/EPP Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, with support from:
·         NStar Electric and Gas – Efficiency program
·         US Dept of Energy- Energy Data Initiative
·         City of Cambridge - Energy Alliance
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·         Consider strategies to overcome energy efficiency market barriers in multifamily housing, through partnerships between cities and electric/gas utilities.
·         Discuss an experimental program design for Cambridge’s Central Square neighborhoods.

Presenters and discussants will include:

MIT Water Night 2013

MIT Water Night will showcase around 40 posters on water-related topics. This is a great opportunity to network with MIT students and faculty in water-related field, as well as professionals from water industry.  Furthermore, 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation and March 22nd is World Water Day. You will learn more about “water cooperation and World Water Day” at the event. 

Unified estimator for excess journey time

Excess journey time (EJT), the difference between actual passenger journey times and journey times implied by the published timetable, strikes a useful balance between the passenger's and operator's perspectives of public transport service quality. Using smartcard data, this paper tried to characterize transit service quality with EJT under heterogeneous incidence behavior (arrival at boarding stations). A rigorous framework was established for analyzing EJT, in particular for reasoning about passenger’ journey time standards as implied by varying incidence behavior.

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