Apr 24, 2015
The work of CRP lecturer, Ken Topping is featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Evidence Matters, US Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research quarterly bulletin.
Apr 20, 2015
Faculty member William Riggs was recently featured in the Washington for his work on two-way street conversions. The article entitled, "Why one-way streets are bad for everyone but speeding cars," focuses on research that tracked neighborhood conditions for 3 years after the conversion of a multi-lane, one-way street to two-ways. Riggs and his co-author Dr. John Gilderbloom from University of Louisville found that traffic collisions dropped steeply following the conversion. More details can be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/17/why-one-way-streets-really-are-the-worst/
Feb 18, 2015
UN-Habitat recently invited Dr. Michael Boswell to participate in an expert group meeting on 'Guidelines for City Climate Action Plans', taking palce in Oslo, Norway in conjunction with the 2015 Cities & Climate Change Initiative Advisory Committee Meeting. Dr. Boswell recently authored the leading text on Local Climate Action Planning with CRP faculty member Adrienne Greve and subject area expert Tammy Seale. More on their book can be found at climateactionplanning.com or from the publisher at Island Press.
Feb 9, 2015
One Wednesday 2/11/2015, from 11am-noon, CRP & RCRI welcome Dr. John Gilderbloom for a lecture entitled, "The 10 Commandments of Urban Regeneration" in the Dexter Fireplace Room (Building 34, Room 210). Dr. Gilderbloom is an expert in sustainable urbanism and has published widely in the areas of housing, community development, sustainable design and livability. He has been listed a top urban thinker by Planetizen (http://www.planetizen.com/topthinkers).
Feb 6, 2015
UC Berkeley's ITS Library recently featured a discussion of case study work by Dr. William Riggs. The research describes how balancing transit incentives and parking pricing can shift travel behavior, and how social incentives have the potential to be as effective as fiscal incentives is influencing mode choice. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2014.07.009
Jan 28, 2015
JANUARY 27, 2015
CRP Professor Dr. William Riggs recently released the findings from a study on the use of technology in city planning departments in 523 cities across the United States. Published on Planetizen.com the key findings from the study include:
- 10% of city planning departments have dedicated social media channels
- 83% of city planning departments offer their zoning code online
- 31% of cities self-publish their zoning code
- 21% of city planning departments do not offer their general plan online
- 40% of cities offer online property lookups (GIS)
Full results and a summary can be found at: http://www.planetizen.com/node/73480
Jan 28, 2015
DECEMBER 11, 2014
CRP Professor William Riggs is honored to be mentioned in an article written by Richard Florida, an American urban studies theorist. The article talks about walkability in neighborhoods and how it can shape housing prices, health, crime rates, etc. Read the full article written by Richard Florida here:http://www.citylab.com/design/2014/12/growing-evidence-shows-walkability-is-good-for-you-and-for-cities/383612/
Jan 28, 2015
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Jan 28, 2015
CRP faculty Vicente del Rio was one of the team members that presented the runner up entry in the international competition for the Olympic Park Master Plan for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Winners were selected in August from 59 entries from all over the world. Besides serving the games, the plan considered a legacy mode that included a sustainable neighborhood to be developed in a 30-year horizon. Professor del Rio’s team included the SWA Group and Gensler (both through their Los Angeles offices), CDC and MPG (from Rio), Herrera Environmental (Seattle), and other consultants. The competition results can be see at http://www.iabrj.org.br/vencedores-concurso-parque-olimpico
Jan 28, 2015
Expanding Global Engagement is one of the CAED’s four strategic themes. One example of how this is occurring is a three-country study of sustainable urban management practices. Projects in San Francisco, USA; Montreal, Canada; and Puebla, Mexico form the basis of this work that looks at how the city governments are nurturing and expanding sustainability of the built environment in their cities. The work is being undertaken by William Siembieda from the CAED’s City and Regional Planning Department, Marie Lasserve from the College of Urban Design at the University of Montreal and Blanca Rose Tellez from the College of Architecture, Benemertia Autonomous University of Puebla. These efforts are support by the a grant from the Colegio de Mexico under its North American Studies (NAFTA) program. Students from each university participate in the project as part of they studies; thus forming a new generation of professionals with an expanded global outlook.
In Montreal projects in this effort include the restoration of Mont Royal,a limestone quarry that had become a regional garbage dump; but is now home to the Cirque de Soleil Worldwide Training Center, a electric generating plan powered by dump’s methane gas and a will have a new regional park when completed. In San Francisco projects include the Presidio an unique attempt as sustainable historic preservation and habitat restoration under a regime of economic sustainability. In Puebla projects of new sustainable peripheral development are being examined.
An analysis of the different general plans and the sustainability plans of each city form the basis for understanding the local government framework for sustainability, and how each city is trying to expand the collective consciousness of its citizens. The project team is using different protocals to understand how to assess and evaluate sustainable projects in the built environment including protocals from Europe as well as the US.
The CAED and the Benemertia Autonomous University of Puebla have signed an exchange agreement to engage in student exchange and faculty projects. This project is one way of making the agreement real and opening up global opportunities for students.