Previous Events

Spring 2015: Reducing Inequality in a Sustainable World Conference

March 5, 2015
David Brower Center
Berkeley, CA

As the global movement for sustainability is gaining steam, inequality continues growing rapidly. How can we slow inequality and poverty while increasing the sustainability of our living patterns and economies? This conference brings together economists, sociologists, ecologists, anthropologists, planners, and policymakers to outline the issues and discuss potential solutions. Three panels address sustainability and inequality from the perspective of cities and regions, measurement, and global growth. The goal of the conference is not just to expose the hard tradeoffs between environmental sustainability and economic growth and equity, but also to offer the possibility of transformation via alternative frameworks for measurement and action.

Hosted by the UC Berkeley Institute of Urban and Regional Development and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment 


Motor City Revival: Envisioning the Future of Detroit

December 2, 2014
112 Wurster Hall
7-9pm

In recent years, forces of economic restructuring and population decline have threatened the vitality of Detroit. Still, the city is a major metropolis with exciting potential for regeneration. What are the visions for the future of Detroit? This panel will bring together experts from across disciplines to envision the possibilities and chart out a course of action for the former ‘Motor City’.

Panelists

Malo Hutson

Assistant Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning

Malo Hutson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. His research focuses on community development, regional planning, urban sustainability, and population health. In addition, Professor Hutson focuses on urban policy and politics and the role of institutions in influencing urban and regional development.

Toni Griffin

Theodore B. and Doris Shoong Lee Distinguished Professor of Real Estate Law and Urban Planning

Toni L. Griffin was recently named Professor and Director of the J. Max Bond Center for Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. She founded and maintains an active private practice, Urban Planning and Design for the American City, whose current clients include the cities of Newark, New Jersey, and Detroit, Michigan.

Jennifer Granholm

Distinguished Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law & Goldman School of Public Policy

Jennifer Granholm served as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011. As Governor, Granholm led the state through a brutal economic downturn that resulted from a meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She worked relentlessly to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the manufacturing sector, and add new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio.

Michelle Wilde Anderson

Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Michelle Wilde Anderson is a public law scholar and practitioner focused on state and local government, including urban policy, city planning, local democracy, and public finance. Her work combines legal analysis with the details of human experience to understand the local governance of high poverty areas, both urban and rural, and the legal causes of concentrated poverty and fiscal crisis. Her current research explores legal restructuring (such as bankruptcy, disincorporation, and receiverships) for cities and counties in distress—issues that affect not only Rust Belt capitals such as Detroit, but also post-industrial cities in California, rural areas in Oregon, and small towns across the Northeast and South.


TRANSIT & CITIES: A THREE-PART SERIES OF EVENTS IN SPRING 2014

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"From Jane Jacobs to Livable Cities," Jan Gehl, February 10, 2014
"Railtown: Los Angeles," Ethan Elkind, March 11, 2014
"Transit & Cities: Past, Present, Future," March 20-21, 2014

Infilling California: Tools and Strategies for Infill Development

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Seminar 1: Policies and Programs for Sustainable Urban Futures, April 7, 2011 
SEMINAR 2: BEST PRACTICES IN INFILL DEVELOPMENT, APRIL 14, 2011 
SEMINAR 3: SUSTAINABILITY, DESIGN AND COMMUNITY IN INFILL DEVELOPMENT, APRIL 21, 2011
SEMINAR 4: CREATIVE FINANCIAL TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR INFILL, APRIL 28, 2011
 
SEMINAR 5: RETROFITTING SUBURBIA, MAY 3, 2011
 
SEMINAR 6 "HIDDEN" DENSITY: THE POTENTIAL OF SMALL-SCALE INFILL DEVELOPMENT, MAY 6, 2011

urban housing economy & Transit CONFRONTING A CRISIS: A CONFERENCE SERIES ON SUSTAINABILITY 2011-2012

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CONFERENCE 1: ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECTOR: Practice, Policy, Prospects
Conference 2: Sustainable Economic Development Strategies
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Conference 3: Sustainable Mobility & Cities: Marrying Technology and Policy