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UCLA Hosts US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx


“Transportation connects us. It gives everyone a shot.”

For the final Luskin Lecture of the 2014-15 academic year, and the keynote of our Downtown LA Forum on Complete Streets / Competing Priorities, Anthony Foxx, who was appointed Transportation Secretary by President Obama in July 2013, spoke about the many ways that transportation can connect and integrate communities. The event was presented in partnership with Los Angeles Metro. Secretary Anthony Foxx highlighted the role of transportation in social justice. He described our transportation network as the binding fabric […]

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UCLA at the 2015 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC boasts such a wide array of activities and gatherings that in this era of social media it is tempting to use tweets and photos to convey the considerable intellectual energy that permeates the week. We make no pretense of being any different at UCLA- you get your fill of such delights at the Twitter feed “@ucla_its” and peruse the photos in our slideshow. […]

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Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles: UCLA Grand Challenges

We are proud to announce that Lewis Center Associate Director, Juan Matute will be participating in UCLA’s commitment to President Barack Obama’s Grand Challenges initiative.  Juan will be serving on the Spatial and Discipline Integration Committee as part of UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Project, Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles.

In order for UCLA to provide Los Angeles with a successful and efficient blueprint for achieving 100% sustainability by 2050, the project will first develop a work plan for the next five years. A call to campus […]

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GIS Day 2014: Celebrating our GIS contest winners

In honor of GIS Day, November 19, 2014, we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate the Lewis Center 2014 GIS contest winners and display their work. 

1st place: Anne Brown “Neighborhood Change Along the Orange Line”

In this project, Anne examined how the Orange Line, a full-service bus rapid transit line in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, influence on the surrounding area since the line began operations in 2005. Through advanced analysis and GIS skills such as  proportionally adjusting the geographic boundaries, Anne found […]

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Arrowhead Redux: Resilient Cities and Regions

Here at the Lewis Center, we’re still basking in the positive and thought-provoking glow of the 2014 Arrowhead Symposium, which this year took a deep dive into the topic of Resilient Cities and Regions. It was the 24th annual installment of the Arrowhead Symposium, which is always an intimate, invite-only look at some topic within the broader theme of the transportation-land use-environment connection.

This year, we thought we’d try to bring some of the magic down from the […]

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What are Resilient Cities, and Why Should We Care?

The title of opening talk at the 24th annual Arrowhead symposium was brazen and even a touch combative: “What are Resilient Cities and Regions, and Why Should We Care?” In his introductory remarks, Symposium Director Brian Taylor quickly made clear the provocative tone was driven by urgency, since if resilience takes the form of a buzzword that means almost anything, then it may soon mean almost nothing. The central intellectual challenge of the symposium would thus be to apply this powerful yet elusive term […]

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Bill Fulton: Planning for Resilience

Fulton began with the basic question everyone came to discuss: How does resilience relate to planning? Resilience is usually thought of in economic or environmental terms, and the resiliency of the built environment and social fabric of the city receive much less attention.   Bill Fulton argued that we should think about how cities and the people within them respond to disturbances.

The built environment must be adaptable and redundant. Fulton cited some examples of built things that have […]

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Soft Infrastructure and the Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity of Cities and Regions

Most people are familiar with hard infrastructure- perhaps images of roads, bridges, buildings, and sewers immediately come to mind. Yet many may not be as familiar with the concept of soft infrastructure, which refers to human capital and the social and cultural resources that cultivate healthy communities. Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA, moderated a panel of presentations that looked at this idea of soft infrastructure and its relationship to resilient cities. […]

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Ray Quay: Anticipatory Governance, a Framework for Resilience Planning

The Sonoran Desert covers large parts of California and Arizona, and is the hottest desert in North America. Yet the desert area also hosts Phoenix, AZ, a metropolitan area of 4.3 million and one of America’s fastest-growing cities. Roughly two decades ago Phoenix decided to prioritize the preservation of desert land in the northern part of the city and sought to acquire 20,000 acres of Sonora Desert. The city faced a number of obstacles: a lack of funding to acquire land, pressure from the real estate industry to pursue […]

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2015 UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium – Planning for Change: from Fragile to Agile @ UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center
Oct 18 @ 1:30 pm – Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm

Over the two-and-a-half day symposium, we’ll take a deep dive into agile planning, an emerging approach to planning for expanding mandates, technological innovation, and shifting preferences in an era of climate, fiscal, and regional change.  We differentiate fragile and agile planning as follows:

Fragile plans break down over time.  These plans don’t anticipate how technology could change travel and urban life.  Fragile plans extrapolate a continuation of past trends rather than a projection of future changes. Over time, a fragile plan’s guidance becomes less useful, and it is retired to the shelf.   

Agile plans consider many future scenarios, including those that differ substantially from historic trends. Agile plans are resilient and adaptive.   An agile plan continues to guide a planning organization’s learning over time, building in decision points for future actions.  

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