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Alexandra JaYeun ResearchLearning from Urban Disasters: Rethinking the Role of Architects in the 21st Century

Wednesday, April 16, 2013

3:00 - 4:00 pm

316D Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

Speaker: Alexandra Jayeun Lee

Where will you be when "the big one" strikes? Alex will base her talk on her doctoral dissertation, "Framing Disaster Research as 'Wicked' Design Problems", where she shares some of the key lessons from running the New Zealand chapter of Architecture for Humanity, and discuss the changing role of the architecture and design professionals in the 21st century in the context of recent urban disasters – the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Alexandra Jayeun Lee is a visiting research scholar from New Zealand, where she is completing her PhD in architecture at The University of Auckland

Photo: The Okoshi Ezu art auction for the Christchurch earthquake at the School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland



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Urban strategies and tactics for reconciliation processes in contested territories:
Famagusta, Cyprus

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

3 - 4 PM

316D Wurster Hall (IURD Conference Room)

Speaker: Socrates Stratis, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus

This talk is about practices of architecture and urban design that can have an active agent role in contested territories. They may participate in the construction of common ground across ethno-religious divides by contributing into the creation of common references and imaginaries, prerequisite for any reconciliation process.

Famagusta, a Cypriot coastal city, located in South Eastern Europe and Middle East, is part of such contested territories. Famagusta, Ammochostos, Magusa are the reciprocal English, Greek and Turkish names of the city. Its inhabitants are Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots. However, after the 1974 war between Turkey and Cyprus, the city has been deprived from its Greek Cypriot inhabitants who flew to the south part of the island, during the war, and the Turkish Cypriots moved to the north. Actually, Famagusta consists of all kinds of enclaves with the most notorious one being the Turkish army controlled, ghost city of Varosha. It is an abandoned city that used to house 30,000 Greek Cypriots, located by a beautiful sandy shore. A Venetian walled city is situated further north, very close to a university enclave.

The research project, this talk is based on, is about urban alternatives to the future division of the city into a segregated Turkish Cypriot north part and a Greek Cypriot south. The creation of synergies between an informal inter-communal team, (Imaginary Famagusta Initiative), a formal planning process (Council of Reconstruction and Resettlement, Republic of Cyprus) and a research project (Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus), has helped to bypass a few political impasses and existing divergent realities between the two communities. Socrates Stratis is an active agent for these synergies in the on-going research project, which needs further human and financial resources to be sustained.

Socrates Stratis is Tenure Track Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus. He has a doctorate degree in Urban Studies-Planning from the University of Paris 8, France, and a Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture (Urban Design) from Cornell University, USA. He is one of the founders of the agency “AA & U, For Architecture, Art and Urbanism” based in Nicosia, ( Socrates examines the political dimension of architecture and urban design and its manifestation in the making of the city, especially in contested spaces. Such investigation takes place through research, practice, teaching and curatorial work. His work has been exhibited and published internationally, including the Venice Architecture Biennales (2004-2008). He is the author of the “UAW Book: About Urban Awareness”, (Damdi, 2013) and of the article “Learning From Failures: Architectures of Emergency In Contested Spaces, (Pyla, Cyprus)”, in Footprint Journal, Netherlands (under print).



unbuilt san francisco posterUnbuilt San Francisco: Exclusive Premiere tour and reception, Thursday, September 12, at 6 p.m. with exhibit curators John King and Waverly Lowell

110 Wurster Hall. Guided tour to follow 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Proceeds support the mission of the Environmental Design Archives.

The Environmental Design Archives, AIA San Francisco, Center for Architecture + Design, California Historical Society, SPUR and the San Francisco Public Library are pleased to present Unbuilt San Francisco, a collaborative exhibition on view August – December, 2013. This ambitious five-venue exhibition and its accompanying programs will provide San Franciscans and Bay Area residents with an opportunity to confront visions for the region that never came to be.

Each institution will display treasures from archival collections, architecture firms and private collections, and host companion programming. Unbuilt San Francisco at the College of Environmental Design is a vivid history lesson, showing viewers a shadow city and phantom skyline. The curators explore why a building does not take brick-and-mortar form, from economic hubris to community resistance, and how an unrealized structure can shape what follows. The exhibition is also intended to engage the students who will make up an important part of the visitors to the gallery. A section on "First Takes" explores the early incarnations of buildings that do exist, a way of exploring the passage from ideal to incarnation. "Rhetorical Unbuilt" looks at the other extreme of architecture -- plans meant to put new ideas before the public, stir debate and prod us to consider other ways of living in an age that faces environmental and societal pressures we could not have considered a century ago. One of the most fascinating designs in the show is a 1969 plan to fill the Sutro Bath ruins with condominiums -- exactly the sort of proposal that spurred the "green" activism of the era and helped spawn the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Curators: John King, San Francisco urban design critic; and Waverly Lowell, Curator, CED Environmental Design Archives

Image: Ernest Born, Alcatraz Resort Proposal, 1969, courtesy Environmental Design Archives, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley.

Exhibition Dates

September 14-November 8, 2013

Location and Hours

Wurster Hall Gallery (110 Wurster)
Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm



roundtable posterSummer of Urban Protests: Cairo, Istanbul, Sao Paolo: Thursday, September 5, 5-7 p.m. 112 Wurster Hall

Co-sponsored by GMS with the Department of City and Regional Planning. A round table discussion with Professors Nezar AlSayyad, Teresa Caldeira, James Holston, and Cihan Tugal.

Since the Arab Spring of 2011, a series of large-scale protests have taken over cities in several countries to articulate citizens' indignation about their living and political conditions. Some have overthrown dictatorships; some have lasted longer than others. All have brought the city and its spaces to the center of political struggles and have re-ignited debates about the relationship between city and citizenship. During the last few months, these protests have shaken Turkey, Brazil and again Egypt. The movements in Turkey and Brazil share some common features, such as the articulation of rights to the city. The Egypt demonstrations have once again overthrown a president, but with consequences that expose limits and contradictions in the democratizing impetus.

Four UC Berkeley faculty experts will analyze the protests, and will debate what may be new and old in these rebellions, their promises and limitations. Please join us for this timely discussion. The round table will be followed by a reception to celebrate a new semester of open discussions.









Aerial shot of Pelican BayRecollecting Landscapes: Belgian Landscapes in Transformation Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 3-4 p.m. 316D Wurster Hall

Presented by Bruno Notteboom, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ghent University, Belgium

Recollecting Landscapes is an ongoing rephotographic survey project which documents a century of landscape transformation in Belgium (see It is based on the successive photography of sixty sites at three moments in time: 1904, 1980 and 2004. In 2014 a fourth series will be added. This presentation focuses on the transformation of the ‘everyday’ Belgian landscape and how it evolved through time. This landscape has as much been shaped by actions ‘from below’ made by millions of individuals, than by decisions ‘from above’, such as large-scale re-allotments and infrastructural works. The presentation consists of two parts. First, a close reading of a number of rephotographic series exemplifies how people transform their daily surroundings. Second, these practices will be framed by a historical and theoretical reflection referring to the literature on ‘everyday’, ‘ordinary’ and ‘vernacular’ landscapes.

Bruno Notteboom is post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning at Ghent University, guest professor at KULeuven, Faculty of Architecture and visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, Institute for Urban and Regional Development (Spring/Summer 2013). He obtained his doctoral degree in urban and regional planning at Ghent University in 2009 with a dissertation on urban planning and landscape iconography in Belgium (1890-1940). His current research focuses on the iconography of city and landscape in the 19th and 20th centuries. Recently, he was the editor of a book on the Belgian urban photographer Edmond Sacré. He is a member of the Ghent Urban Studies Team (GUST) and of the editorial board of OASE Journal for Architecture.



Shrinking CitiesBook Launch + Reception

Shrinking Cities- International Perspectives and Policy Implications

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Book Launch: 4:30 -5:30 pm, Reception following

Sponsored by IURD

Edited by: Karina Pallagst, Thorsten Wiechmann, and Cristina Martinez-Fernandez
Routledge Publishers

The shrinking city phenomenon is a multidimensional process that affects cities, parts of cities or metropolitan areas around the world that have experienced dramatic decline in their economic and social bases. Shrinkage is not a new phenomenon in the study of cities. However, shrinking cities lack the precision of systemic analysis where other factors now at work are analyzed: the new economy, globalization, aging population (a new population transition) and other factors related to the search for quality of life or a safer environment. This volume places shrinking cities in a global perspective, setting the context for in-depth case studies of cities within Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Germany, France, Great Britain, South Korea, Australia, and the USA, which consider specific economic, social, environmental, cultural and land-use issues.

Table of Contents and contributors here.

Six of the authors will introduce the book:

  • Karina Pallagst, Professor, International Planning Systems at Kaiserslautern University's faculty of Spatial Planning.
  • Helen Mulligan, Director of Cambridge Architectural Research in the UK.
  • Sylvie Fol, Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon - Sorbonne.
  • Jasmin Aber, Ffounder and a consultant at the Creative Exchange Lab in St. Louis.
  • David Leadbeater, Professor at Laurentian University in Canada.
  • Ivonne Audirac, Professor at University of Texas-Arlington.



Smart Informal Territories: Heliopolis Slum
Innovation for Inclusion Trough Design, January 23, 2013

Sao Paulo Megacity Sustainability Indicators, Brazil

Professor Carlos Leite describes his two recent research projects, “Indicators of Sustainability on Urban Development” and "Smart Informal Territories Lab in Heliopolis Slum" which look at the challenge of the Sustainable Megacity through Sao Paulo’s experience as a city of 20 million people, with expansion that ranges from formal urban development to the informal context of huge slums. This work signalizes parameters for a city that is reinventing itself through eco-urbanism after the "expanding and exhausting" model of the 21st Century when the city grew by 27,000% in population and 40,000% in urban territory in a country, Brazil, that has the 6th world highest GNP.

by Carlos Leite, Professor, Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo

Presentation Slides


The Art of Planning

It is only 100 since the history of planning was established as an academic subject and a discipline at the Department of Civic Design at the University of Liverpool. The Town Planning Review journal was founded in 1910 at the same institution and was based on the idea of presenting theory and good practice. A third event at the same time was the start of a planning course at Harvard University.
The author has followed the development of theory and practice in planning for 50 years. He has been a professional planner, a researcher and university lecturer.
He argues that we have witnessed a change in making many examples of good practice into objective science. We are longing for facts, but the crucial issues are what we do with the facts and what types of action do these facts trigger. “We are all practitioners”, claims the author.
But what do planners really do? They listen, read, speak and write when working on theoretical issues in a university, at a municipal planning office or as a private consultant. They all work with language in different and very practical ways. They approach their profession by bridging the gap between theory and practice.

This brings us to the title of the book; The Art of Planning. This does not mean art like a painting in a gallery or art as a work in an auction. Rather art as performance, the good and meaningful use of language, art as understanding the context of time and place, and art as creative and innovative action. So just like the art of engineering or the art of downhill skiing, this book is about skill and excellence.

The first part examines theoretical issues such as
-- Wholeness and the fragment
-- Borders in mind and space
-- The art of rhetorics
-- And the risk society
This is written as a commentary upon on-going discussions in planning theory. The second part of the book presents a concept for teaching planning based on different approaches

by Sigmund Asmervik

Born in 1941, Sigmund Asmervik graduated as an architect and urban planner in 1966 at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Trondheim, Norway and was awarded a doctorate in traffic planning in 1976 by the same institution.
Since 1990, he has taught planning and planning theory at NTH and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, the Norwegian University of Life Science and the University of Stavanger. He has been active in different ways in the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) since the early 1990s.



Steve Raney LectureRobocar/taxi: product design and transport planning

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

305 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

Speaker: Steve Raney, Cities21

“A car is often a person’s second largest capital expenditure, after a home, yet a car sits unused some 95% of the time. With the Google self-driving car, people could avoid the outlay of many thousands of dollars, or tens of thousands, on an item that mostly sits and, instead, simply pay by the mile. Driving could become Zipcar writ large (except the car comes to you). - Forbes Magazine, Jan 2013.” Use cases: long commutes, vacation travel, robotaxi. Taxi experience: rendezvous; coping without a trunk; kid drivers; phone prod: desk => robotaxi => train; hands-free destination selection. Avoiding sparse systems. Good/bad planning outcomes.

Steve Raney’s project history includes: Google self-driving cars, Ultra personal rapid transit (PRT: self-driving EVs at London Heathrow Airport), the US EPA’s "Transforming Office Parks into Transit Villages" study of Pleasanton, and BART’s Group Rapid Transit study. He conceived Bay Area MTC’s $33M Climate Innovations Grant Program. He has sketched last-mile PRT designs for Palo Alto, Mountain View, Cupertino, San Jose Airport, Oakland Airport, South SF, Emeryville, Alameda, and Redwood City. He holds the first patent for "smartphone instant ridesharing.” He authored 18 transportation papers.  He holds three masters: business, software, and transportation from Columbia, RPI, and Berkeley (DCRP ’03).



ahmedabad june 8Urban modeling for enhancing master plan making: SIMPLAN for Ahmedabad, India

Friday, June 8, 2012

noon - 1 pm,

316D Wurster Hall

Presented by Dr. Bhargav Adhvaryu, Professor in Infrastructure Engineering & Management, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, Fulbright Visiting Professor at the UCLA Department of Urban Planning

Planners are usually faced with the decision of what planning policy to pursue in order to achieve the best possible future! Using modelsthat simulate urban dynamics, it is possible to test and assessalternative planning policies, thereby making the decision processmore objective and transparent. Examples are the full-fledged and complex land use—transport interaction models, which have been successfully applied in many cities of the developed world,demonstrating its effective use in assessing alternative planning andtransport policies before finalizing their master plan. However, in the developing world, building such complex models is challengingdue to lack of data availability and resource constraints. Addressingsuch constraints, a SIMplified PLANning modeling suite calledSIMPLAN has been developed for the case study city of Ahmedabad, India. SIMPLAN is built using available census andsome basic employment related sample survey data, and containsfour sub-modules for spatial trend analysis, residential location, modal split, and alternative policy assessment framework.

India is rapidly urbanizing and is at a crucial juncture in itsdevelopment. The urbanization phenomenon has both positive andnegative effects. It could be argued that appropriate urbandevelopment policies and planning methodology can use thepotential positives to foster better equity of benefits from thebooming overall growth. On the other hand, if India does notcapitalize on thepotential advantages appropriately, then in the next few decades the negatives of urbanization could amplify, worseningcity living and become a stumbling block in its economic growthstory. It is believed that using a methodological planning frameworksuch as SIMPLAN, cities in the developing world can prepare theirown tailor-made policy that best satisfies their objectives, making theplanning efforts count for improving the quality of life in cities.

Contact: Erick Guerra, 510-423-1444



ccs logoPartnering with K-12 Education in Building Healthy, Sustainable, and Competitive Regions: A California Policy Symposium


Thursday, December 6, 2012

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria 828 I Street Sacramento, California

Join leaders from across California to discuss aligning important policy agendas: ensuring high-quality, opportunity-rich schools in healthy, sustainable communities. The success of our cities and regions depends on high-quality schools, just as high-quality schools depend on the vibrancy, health, and sustainability of our communities. State and local policy leaders increasingly recognize how the conditions, qualities, and locations of K-12 school environments affect not only teaching and learning but also equity and healthy community objectives, including land use, growth, and congestion.


Fall 2012 Urban Health Equity Seminar Series

This series will run the entire academic year. For the fall semester, the seminars take place on five Mondays, starting October 1, 2012 and ending November 26, 2012. Download the flyer.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Role of Academic-Community Partnerships in Building Urban Health Equity
Wurster 305 | 5-7:30 pm


Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable Cities, Lessons from Europe and North America

Sponsored by IURD

Download the flyer.

Friday, November 16, 2012

112 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

Speaker: John Pucher, professor in the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Jersey

Professor Pucher argues that cycling and walking are the most environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable of all transport modes.  He then provides an international overview of cycling levels and trends among many different countries in the developed world, noting that even technologically advanced countries with high per capita income and high levels of car ownership can have high levels of walking and cycling and much lower levels of car use than typical in the USA, Canada, and Australia.


Transport- Talk, Trends & Thinking in Urban India

Brownbag lunch seminar

Sponsored by IURD

Download the flyer.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12-1pm

316D Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

Presented by Madhav Pai, Director of EMBARQ India and Civil Engineer from Mumbai

As India urbanizes - cities are making big decisions about how they build their transport. These decisions will have far reaching consequences and shape Indian cities of the future. Madhav will give a ringside view of these developments – talking about the successes, challenges, possibilities and contradictions.


New Research Agendas for Low Carbon Cities

Sponsored by IURD and the Energy and Resources Group

Download the flyer.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2-3pm

305 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

Presented by Dr. Steffen Lehmann, Chair and Professor of Sustainable Design in the School of Art, Architecture & Design and Director of the Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b Centre) at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide, Australia.

Dr. Lehmann will explore the notion of the ‘zero waste city’,which extends the concept of the sustainable city to include optimising all urban material flows.

For more information see:  and


Urban Housing Economy & Transit

Confronting a Crisis: A Three-Part Conference Series on Sustainability

This conference series highlights state-of-the-art initiatives to plan the sustainable cities of the future. Three conferences bring together leading practitioners, top academics, and high-ranking state and federal government officials to discuss the barriers to implementing energy efficiency in the residential sector, more sustainable economic development and fiscal practices, and transportation innovations that will reduce its environmental footprint. The conferences are open to the public and will culminate in the production of policy briefs that summarize the discussions and provide action steps to policymakers.

Now Online Policy Notes from Conference 2 Sustainable Economic Development Strategies in Lean Fiscal Times

POLICY NOTE 1-2012: Community Development in Lean Fiscal Times
by Tony LoPresti

POLICY NOTE 2-2012: Real Estate Development in a Post-Redevelopment World
by Alea Gage

POLICY NOTE 3-2012: Sustainable Economic Development through Advanced Manufacturing Policy
by Chris Schildt

(more to come in coming weeks)



uptown oakland project calthorpe

Podcasts, Slides and Summary Report from the Seminar Series: Infilling California Tools and Strategies for Infill Development

Sponsored by the Center for a Sustainable California and IURD, and co-sponsored by the Urban Land Institute of San Francisco, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the California Infill Builders Association, and the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at BerkeleyLaw.








Plan-it sustainably: The challenge of community ecological-economic sustainable development

Presented by Scott T. Edmondson, AICP, and Katja Irvin, AICP

Coverage of Sustainable Economic Development Strategies in Lean Fiscal Times, the second in the three-part series, Urban Housing Economy and Transit. In February 2012 Northern News, publication of the Northern Section of the California Chapter of the APA.


Urban modeling for enhancing master plan making: SIMPLAN for Ahmedabad, India

Visiting Scholars Roundtable

Friday, June 8, 2012 , Noon-1pm

316D Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

Presented by Dr. Bhargav Adhvaryu, Professor in Infrastructure Engineering & Management, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, Fulbright Visiting Professor at the UCLA Department of Urban Planning

Contact: Erick Guerra, 510-423-1444


Visiting Scholars Reception

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 4-5:30 PM

316D Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

*Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please feel free bring a dish to share as well.

See a Video of the Karen Chapple Backyard Cottage

Karen Chapple is a city planning professor so she knows all about the benefits of backyard cottages as urban infill and for adding density to sprawling neighborhoods, but when she took out a loan to build her own “accessory dwelling unit” (AKA secondary dwelling unit, granny flat, in-law unit), she did it for what she calls selfish reasons. “This is how can I build a space that will accommodate my friends that visit, or my caretakers for my child, or my extended family, and also be able to raise rent money when my income is low."


Education leaders call for modernization..."We can't afford to not be strategic," said Jeff Vincent, the deputy director of UC Berkeley's Center for Cities & Schools and lead author of the report, California's K-12 Educational Infrastructure Investments. "At the state level, the funds for contributing to K-12 facilities are at their end."—SF Chronicle


Plan-it sustainably: The challenge of community ecological-economic sustainable development By Scott T. Edmondson, AICP, and Katja Irvin, AICP. Coverage of Sustainable Economic Development Strategies in Lean Fiscal Times, the second in the three-part series, Urban Housing Economy and Transit. In February 2012 Northern News, publication of the Northern Section of the California Chapter of the APA.

IURD's Jason Corburn on the $300 'Slum' House at the Berkeley Blog.


IURD Working Papers

Water, Neighborhoods and Urban Design: Micro-Utilities and the Fifth Infrastructure by V. Elmer and H. Fraker

Socioeconomic Segregation in Hong Kong: Spatial and Ordinal Measures in a High-Density and Highly Unequal City by Paavo Monkkonen and Xiaohu Zhang


Infilling California: Tools and Strategies

April 7- May 6, 2011

A Five-Part Evening Seminar-Lecture Series


May 2011 Diablo Magazine:

IURD Associate Director Karen Chapple Winner of One of the 2011 Eco Awards "The Delaware House Wins for: Providing eco-chic housing, without building up or sprawling out."


Second Units Can Add Density

IURD Associate Director Karen Chapple unveils a scalable path toward "invisible" density—in her own backyard.


Urban Housing Economy & Transit

Confronting a Crisis: A Conference Series on Sustainability

This conference series highlights state-of-the-art initiatives to plan the sustainable cities of the future. Three conferences bring together leading practitioners, top academics, and high-ranking state and federal government officials to discuss the barriers to implementing energy efficiency in the residential sector, more sustainable economic development and fiscal practices, and transportation innovations that will reduce its environmental footprint. The conferences are open to the public and will culminate in the production of policy briefs that summarize the discussions and provide action steps to policymakers.

Conference 2. Sustainable Economic Development Strategies in Lean Fiscal Times: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Community, Sustainability, and Public Space: Urban Design after the Arab Spring

Monday, November 7

112 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

Presented by Amir Gohar, IURD Visiting Scholar

See related IURD report: Connecting Cairo to the Nile: Renewing Life and Heritage on the River (2011) WP-2011-06 (and related Policy Brief)

Pre-lecture reception where research team leader and LAEP Department Chair, Professor G. Mathias Kondolf, will introduce Amir Gohar and the Cairo research team.

Reception: 5 pm in the 1st floor Lobby of Wurster

Lecture: 6:30 pm in 112 Wurster Hall


"Big Ideas for Job Creation" Conference

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 9am - 5pm

Seaborg Room of the UC Berkeley Faculty Club

Sponsored by the Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, IURD, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

After holding a national contest for "big ideas" about what cities and states can do to create jobs, we identified 12 big ideas, which will be presented at the conference.

Space is limited. Register here. Admission is free. Lunch will be served.

Contact: Marie Maniscalco, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley. 530-219-9580


Job Creation Colloquia

All events are located at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA.

Pleased R.S.V.P. to Myra Armstrong, For more details, check the IRLE events page.



high speed rail graphicRealizing the Vision of a High-Speed Rail System in California: Connecting People While Fostering Prosperity, Smart Growth and Sustainability

May 2-3, 2011

Clark Kerr Conference Center , UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's Center for Environmental Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy and IURD



skyway drawing"Chicago and Its Skyway: the Cintra-Macquarie Lease in Historical Perspective"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Room 305, Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley campus

Co-sponsored by IURD and the University of California Transportation Center

Presented by Louise Nelson Dyble, PhD




india map for air pollution model

"What's Changing for the Transport Sector in Urban India?"

IURD Lecture

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 4-5 pm

305 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley

Presented by Sarath Guttikunda, Researcher, UrbanEmissions.Info in New Delhi, India








April 14: Backyard Cottages Sprout Like Mushrooms

...Karen Chapple, a city planning professor at the University of California, Berkeley, says she was intrigued by the burgeoning trend and built her own backyard cottage this year — as a class project, no less — to see the feasibility of backyard cottages as affordable housing options in the Bay Area.


"Carbonless footprints: Promoting health and climate stabilization through active transportation"

Monday, April 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Read related paper.

Presented by Lawrence D. Frank, Ph.D., AICP, CIP, ASLA Bombardier Chair, University of British Columbia

Dr. Frank is the Bombardier Chairholder in Sustainable Transportation at the University of British Columbia, Senior Non-resident Fellow of the Brookings Institution, and President of Urban Design 4 Health, Inc. He specializes in the interaction between land use, travel behavior, air quality; and health and the fuel consumption and climate change impacts of urban form policies. He has been studying the effects of neighborhood walkability on travel patterns and sustainability for 20 years and has led over $18 million in funded research and published over 100 peer reviewed articles and reports on these topics. Dr. Frank works directly with local governments to help translate results from research into practice based tools that provide direct feedback on the health and environmental impacts of alternative transportation and land development proposals.

Sponsored by: School of Public Health; College of Environmental Design; IURD; University of California Transportation Center; and the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC).



"Inclusionary Housing and Land Value Recapture: A Comparative Perspective "

Lecture sponsored by IURD

Wednesday, March 30, 4 - 5:30 pm

Presented by Nico Calavita  

Nico Calavita is a Professor Emeritus from San Diego State University and co-editor (with Alan Mallach) of Inclusionary Housing in International Perspective: Affordable Housing, Social Inclusion, and Land Value Recapture (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2010).


IURD Associate Director Karen Chapple on the Berkeley Blog, "Redevelopment is dead, long live revitalization!"


Brown's plan could cut into Oakland's redevelopment projects ...It remains to be seen whether or to what extent Brown will carry through on his threat to end, or at the very least reform, redevelopment in the state..... MALO HUTSON, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING AT UC BERKELEY, said the governor's proposal is prompting discussions and bargaining that will likely result in more oversight and transparency for redevelopment. ... KAREN CHAPPLE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING AT UC BERKELEY, sympathizes with urban cities that are left with few spending options once the bulk of their general fund revenues are used for public safety or other commitments. But she thinks they shouldn't always fall back on redevelopment, which more often than not helps big developers....(Oakland Tribune)


Cash to fight blight paying city salaries in California...Karen Chapple, a UC Berkeley professor of city planning, has described raiding redevelopment money as a "bad habit," akin to tapping "a slush fund." But she also noted that it is easy to understand why cities have turned to it. "This is a tool cities use to fill the gap when they are desperate," Chapple said....(Los Angeles Times)


"Approaches to professionalism in the face of mismanagement or corruption in developing countries"

IURD Lecture

Friday, March 18, 2011, 1-2 pm

Room 305, Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley campus

Presented by Jonathan Richmond


UCTC Student Conference

February 24-25, 2011


Job Creation Colloquia

All events are located at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA. Pleased R.S.V.P. to Myra Armstrong,

For more details, check the IRLE events page.



"Designing, Simulating and Visualizing Sustainable Communities"

February 11, 2011
1065 Kemper Hall University of California, Davis

Presented by Paul Waddell, Professor, College of Environmental Design, IURD

This talk will address an evolving research agenda on the development of planning support for metropolitan and city planning efforts to link land use, transportation and environmental visioning and planning. SB 375 mandates land use changes to reduce VMT and greenhouse gas emissions, but the processes to implement changes in land use and transportation plans to achieve these goals has not yet caught up to the challenge at hand. The seminar will present work in progress to address several dimensions of this agenda through coordinated land use and transportation modeling, and through the development of information technology to support public engagement and visualization of alternative scenarios and plans. A new project with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to support the Sustainable Communities Strategies outreach process will provide a specific case to ground the discussion.


chapple cottage opne house



IURD Research in the News:
Secondary Dwelling Units Can Add Density (January 8)






HUD Launches One-Stop Web site on Economic and Housing Market Data

Oakland Innovator Named to White House Council Maurice Lim Miller joins a select group tasked with finding community-developed solutions to poverty. (Berkeleyside)

Immigrants Make Paths to Suburbia, Not Cities Following jobs to rural and suburban areas, in industries like construction and the food business, immigrant populations rose more than 60 percent in places where immigrants made up fewer than 5 percent of the population in 2000. In areas that had been home to the most immigrants, the foreign-born population was flat over that period. (New York Times)

Mapping America Block by Block New York Times interactive map of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey

Quality Schools and Complete Communities: Aligning Public Education and Bay Area Regional Growth

City of Palo Alto Council Chambers Thursday - November 18, 2010
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Presented by Jeff Vincent, Deput Director, Center for Cities and Schools

Fall 2010 Visiting Scholars Roundtable

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Following Landscape Features Both Locally and Naturally

Presented by Zhong Xing, Professor, Chongqing University

Artificially geometric landscapes have dominated greenscapes throughout cities, causing needless suffering in costly maintenance and decreased environmental quality.  Looking at the green network and general land use plan for the downtown area of TongBai in China, Xing looks to understand the potential value of natural landscapes in systematically handling a wide range of issues associated with greenscape physical form.  He looks to understand ways to incorporate "natural green frameworks", consisting of both natural and planned green spaces, into existing urban form.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Time Use in Travel to School in America's Children

Presented by Pablo Montero Souto, PhD Student, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

This presentation examines the amount of time used by high school students in education-related travel and explores the role of place in the social and territorial stratification between boys and girls, youngest and older, whites and blacks, native and non-native, and poorer and richer from different locations. The work in progress analyzes data collected from 2003 to 2009 American Time Use Survey (ATUS).

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Post-Industrial Residential Development: an investigation into the structuring of neighborhood

Presented by Lucas Griffith, Fellow of Urban Design and Development, Department of Industrial Economics, Risk Management and Planning

With the emigration of industry to the greater international market post-industrial cities have revised economic development strategies to maintain relevance in a global market. The re-creation of city image as a sustainable place, culturally, economically and ecologically, represents the predominant vision for contemporary cities in the post-industrial era. And while much has been written about the re-imaginations of industrial lands as cultural districts and artistic incubators, as commercial parks and consumptive mall-scapes, or as reclaimed re-naturalized landscapes the research on post-industrial neighborhoods as a socio-spatial phenomenon remains limited. It is in this light that neighborhood deserves a fresh analysis.