The UCLA Luskin Center’s Electric Vehicle & Alternative Fuel Initiative Director, Brett Williams, has been invited to Yokohama, Japan to address “Smart City Week 2012,” an international conference and exhibition. Dr. Williams’s talk, entitled “Plug-In-Vehicle Battery Secondary Use: Vehicle-to-Grid and Distributed Energy-Storage Value” will take place on October 31, 2012 (http://expo.nikkeibp.co.jp/scw/2012/english/conference/professional/s7.shtml).
This summer, Ph.D./MSW student Sara Pilgreen shares postcards from Johannesburg, where she is living and working.
Donald Shoup was quoted in an article in the New York Times commenting on the new parking meter system in Santa Monica. The system resets the time on each parking meter to zero the moment a car pulls out of a space. City officials say the changes are devised to make street parking more efficient by turning over spaces more quickly.
On March 11, 2012 Dean Frank Gilliam and Professor and Chair of Urban Planning Lois Takahashi attended an event commemorating the one year anniversary of the Great Northern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami at the Forum for International Research Collaboration in Sendai, Japan. The goal was to bring together universities from around the world to discuss possible cooperation on issues of disaster preparedness and disaster science.
We spent the night at a unique Japanese "ryokan" accommodation called San-san-kan, which used be a local elementary school that was reformed as accommodation after it closed. The old wooden building did not get any serious damage by the the consecutive major earthquakes, although it is located in Minami-sanriku city, which is close to the epicenter of the 311 Great East Japan Earthquake. This disaster caused a myriad of tragedies by the huge tsunami, however, it also revealed that buildings in snowy regions are robust and resilient against earthquakes.