UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News


April 23, 2012
If it is built, the proposed 72,000-seat Farmers Field stadium in downtown Los Angeles will bring many benefits but also major traffic congestion. Despite an optimistic estimate that 20% of patrons will ride public transit on a weekday, and 15% on weekends, the project's environmental impact report says almost 20,000 cars will also arrive for events there.
April 13, 2012
UCLA political ecologist Susanna Hecht has spent 30 years studying Amazon rainforest settlements or quilombos, making frequent trips to visit these areas where residents have shown her how they farm, fish, hunt and gather in a way that maintains the forest.  While some environmentalists fret that Brazil’s quilombos could thwart efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest  — Hecht argues that the villagers are actually vital caretakers of the forest.
April 10, 2012
  What does sustainability look like on the ground?  Just how sustainable can a city, or a neighborhood be?   This quarter Walker Wells and Ted Bardacke are working with a group of Urban Planning students (in UP 269 Green Urban Studio - Designing Living Neighborhoods) in an attempt to answer these fundamental  questions. The objective of the course is to develop a proposal for the redesign of a Los Angeles neighborhood that achieves a high level of sustainability. 
April 09, 2012
 Gary Orfield, UCLA distinguished professor of education, law, political science and urban planning, has been selected as one of the 2012 winners of the Dr. John Hope Franklin Award for his achievements as an advocate for racial equality in education, including his work with the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) at UCLA. For the complete story seethe article in  UCLA Today


March 23, 2012
Nobuko Goto will never forget the obliteration of towns and villages in northeastern Japan when the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 changed lives forever. Back then, as a section chief for the Housing Department for the national government of Japan, she scrambled to find emergency housing for survivors suddenly left homeless.
March 19, 2012
Professor of Urban Planning, Susanna Hecht, has co-authored an article in the April 2012 issue of National Geographic Magazine titled, “Where Slaves Ruled,” on Quilombos, or hidden societies of escaped slaves in Brazil in the era of slavery.
March 15, 2012
San Francisco, one of a number of U.S. urban centers notorious for it’s limited street parking, is putting the ideas of UCLA Luskin Urban Planning Professor Donald Shoup to the test, the New York Times reported.
March 13, 2012
Madeline Wander (MURP ’12) has been selected by the Board of Regents of the Eno Center for Transportation to participate in the 20th annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference, to be held June 3-7, will provide a first-hand look at how transportation policy is developed and implemented. Wander will meet with top government officials, leaders of associations, and members of Congress and their staff.


February 21, 2012
Brian Taylor, professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.