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.
Eric Avila, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies, History and Urban Planning, recently appeared on Zócalo Public Square as a panelist to discuss the topic "How Los Angeles Created the Good Life," moderated by Tom Crow of the Institute of Fine Arts and art historian at New York University.
Critical Planning, the student journal of the Department of Urban Planning, has issued a call for papers for volume 19, Summer 2012. The theme for this issue is Militaristic
Urbanism. The submission deadline is Monday, January 2, 2012.
Professor Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, was awarded the 2011 Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize
for Creative Local Public Health Work, by the Southern California Public Health Association. The award was presented at the 139th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Oct. 29–Nov. 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. in recognition of outstanding creative and innovative public health work.