A UCLA urban planning professor who devises strategies to turn characterless, unappealing urban streets and sidewalks into inviting, pedestrian-friendly environments is hoping to bring downtown L.A. its first active-recreation parklet.A parklet — a micro-park created along urban streets from underutilized strips of roadway, on-street parking spaces and traffic triangles — can be as simple as a wooden platform, built over three parking spaces, on which umbrella tables, chairs and planters suddenly appear.
The UCLA MURP Program has just been granted re-accreditation for seven years -- the maximum term possible -- in recognition of our "exemplary record." The MURP program is now accredited
through December 31, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.