The Fall 2014 issue of ACCESS magazine is hot off of the press and now available to view at the brand-new ACCESS website, accessmagazine.org. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the latest issue:
When you see a new development being constructed, the first thing you might think is how much traffic it might bring to your neighborhood. (Well, that and will there be a good coffee shop there.) You may not be aware that developers pay more in costs based on the estimated number of […]
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 experts—faculty […]
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 “few significant differences between the […]
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 mountain. We put together six stories to offer a glimpse of what this year’s […]
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 in meaningful, concrete ways to the world of public policy and planning practice. […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 development, and little public understanding of the issue. What is a […]
Both of California’s major regions, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, sit on active earthquake faults. How resilient will they be when the next one hits? Together, three panelists offered insights on just how many systems and approaches come together to form earthquake preparedness — or lack thereof — in California. Consider the wide range of activities currently underway: buying and selling insurance, funding and constructing building reinforcements made of plywood and nails, political strategizing about water bonds, retrofitting large public infrastructure like highways, airports, and water pipes; general plan and zoning updates; housing inventories. […]
As is tradition, Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor closed the symposium with an impromptu synthesis of the past few days. He spoke about what he thought were some of the most compelling and provocative themes:
Yin and Yang
Taylor noted a pattern of yin and yang throughout the event. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. The world is complex, but keep it simple: people need things to be simple in order to take action. Without simplicity, the big […]
RSVP now to join the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at the 2015 UCLA in DC Reception!
Over 20 UCLA researchers will be presenting at the Transportation Research Board’s 94th Annual Meeting, held Jan. 11-15. View our list of presentations.
When: Monday, Jan. 12 / 5-7pm (EST)
Where: Busboys and Poets / 1025 5th St NW / Washington, DC
What: hors d’oeuvres / cash bar
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC15) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport program of the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Bank. The event convenes leading transport and urban development experts from national and local government, finance institutions, foundations, civil society, and business to discuss the latest global trends, experiences, and best practices in sustainable transport.
This year’s conference will focus on Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity, and will examine how smart, connected urban mobility can improve quality of life in cities. Through panels, presentations, and networking opportunities, discussions at Transforming Transportation 2015 will address how the upcoming United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) impact urban transport, with an emphasis on data and technology, governance, and international financial flows.
Transforming Transportation 2015 will take place January 15 – 16, 2015 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. See below for the preliminary agenda, or download here.
Madeline Brozen will be speaking at this event on Day ONE of the conference, January 15, 2015.
Lee Schipper Scholarship: Young Leaders in Sustainable Transport
January 15, 2015
World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.
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