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.
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.
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.
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.
Urban Planning Professor and Luskin School of Public Affairs Associate Dean Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris was interviewed on KCET Departures, an an online documentary series mapping Los Angeles
neighborhoods through interactive portraits. Loukaitou-Sideris, an expert on public space and author of Sidewalks: Conflict
and Negotiation over Public Space (MIT Press, 2009) comments that:
On Tuesday January 31, 2012, the Tavis Smiley Show will feature a talk with Dr. Richard Jackson about his work in assessing the environment’s impact on health. A leading voice for better urban design for the sake of good health, Dr. Richard Jackson is chair of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA’s School of Public Health and also holds appointments in the Department of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
Alan A. Altshuler, a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and the Ruth and Frank Stanton Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, is a visiting professor this year is teaching Urban Politics, Planning and Development this Winter quarter. His teaching and research focus on urban politics, planning, and public investment.
For Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, the law that changed Los Angeles significantly was the Housing Act of 1949. The UCLA professor of urban planning and associate dean nominated the federal act, enacted during the Truman administration, for a KCET series of spotlights, “Laws that Shaped L.A.”
In “How Bunker Hill Lost its Victorians,” Loukaitou-Sideris cites the 1949 act, as well as a 1954 federal act and the 1945 California Community Development Law, as having “an outsized influence on downtown Los Angeles,” and ushering in an era of urban redevelopment.