An applied research project is recommended for students who are more interested in practical application of what they have learned in their coursework than in scholarly research. The time span and magnitude of the final project approximates that of the thesis. Academic credit is given through required courses UP 205A and B and UP 597. Guidance of the applied research project is provided by a committee charied by a faculty member, and and consisting of at least one consulting faculty member and a client representative.
The product may take any form agreed on in advance (e.g., a report, film, computerized model, set of working drawings). Small groups of students may engage in such a project collectively, or individual students may work on projects alone. Projects are available at the Southern Regional Library Facility (310 206-2013). For instructions on how to locate a project from the YRL catalog click here.
Recent project topics are listed below:
2011-12 Careers, Capstones & Conversation Program, April 4, 2012
2010-11 2009-2010 Less Than Meets the Eye: Emerging Equity Issues in Curitiba’s Integrated Transport Network THE PLANE TRUTH Air Quality Impacts of Airport Operations and Strategies for Sustainability Advancing Statewide Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: Lessons from States and Local Governments Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change Continuous Access HOV Lane Study Cycling in Los Angeles Transportation and Travel Costs in Transnational Remittances: A Case Study of Remittance Costs from Los Angeles, California, to Oaxaca’s Valles Centrales Preparing for the Subway: An Analysis of Existing Pedestrian and Cyclist Conditions in Westwood Village Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit Project: Lessons Learned for Maintaining Public Support After Implementation of a Bus-Only Lane Incremental Changes for Neighborhood Councils: A Toolkit of Design Strategies and Interventions for more Livable Neighborhoods The Real Costs of Building Green: A Closer Look at the Relationship Between Green Design & Cost BIDs Take Care of Business: How Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative Can Use Business Improvement Districts to Improve and Maintain its Neighborhoods Managing Hollywood’s Alleys: A Review of Best Practices and a Guide to Implementation How Can Affordable Housing Build Carbon Neutral? Development Agreements in the City of West Hollywood: Community Engagement and the Discussion of Public Benefits Defining the Right Price for Variable Tolling Systems: A Case Study Analysis of HOV to HOT Lane Conversions Federal Funding for Local Needs: A Critique and Case Study of the Consolidated Planning Process Toy District Revitalization Study City Reintroducing the Pedestrian: A Cast Study of Boyle Heights’ Efforts to Improve Safety, Health, and Transportation Affordable Housing Overlay Zone: Strategies for Legalization and Development of Accessory Dwelling Units in el Pueblito, San Ysidro, CA Connecting Pico Clean Compton: A Statistical and Spatial Analysis Approach to Identifying Priority Brownfield Sites in the City of Compton Affordable Housing Provision Through Community Benefits Agreements in South Los Angeles Shifting Power: The Importance of Funding Community Participation A Strategic Plan for the Chinese Progressive Association – San Gabriel Valley Shipyard Legacy Fund, Working Families Center Pounding the Pavement: Addressing Walkability in Central Hollywood Housing Homeless Families: Characteristics and Best Practices of Family Transitional Programs in Los Angeles County Bringing YouthBuild to Tucson: Identifying Where an Education, Employment, and Empowerment Opportunity is Most Needed Greening the Apparel Industry: A Process-Based Perspective Good Food for All Angelenos: The Food System Stakeholder Landscape in Los Angeles Food Policy Councils: Democratic Governance for a Sustainable and Equitable Food System Design Solutions for East Los Angeles LONCHERAS: A Look at the Stationary Food Truck of Los Angeles Sustainable Trust: The Greening of Existing Affordable Housing Recommendations for the Development of an Expansion Strateg Renewable Energy in Indian Country: An In-Depth Look at Renewable Energy in Hualapai Nation Assessing the Economic Impacts of Climate Change Events to Marine Industries in Long Beach, California A Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the City of Los Angeles The Potential for Energy Efficiency Industry in Los Angeles Keeping Water Conservation Afloat: Sustainable Outdoor Water Conservation Through Progressively Tiered Pricing 2008-2009 Client & Thesis Poster Presentations, May 26, 2009: Program Session Photos Poster Photos 2007-08 Client & Thesis Poster Presentations, May 20, 2008: 2006-07 Client & Thesis Poster Presentations, May 29, 2007: Program Passenger Perceptions of Intermodal Connectivity: Evaluating Transit Stops and Stations from the Perspective of Transit Users ('07) Santa Monica College Environmental Audit ('07) The Collaborative Model: Are We Really Working Together? - An Evaluation of the Fish Contamination Education Collaborative's Participatory Framework ('07) Immigrant Boomers' Access to Community Involvement: Assessing the Challenge of Limited Mobility Amidst Dispersed Ethnic Clustering in Los Angeles ('07) Public Markets as Sites for Immigrant Entrepreneurship in East Hollywood ('07) Cultural Heritage Tourism in Los Angeles: Using a Critical Pedagogy Approach ('07) Green Vision-LA: Uniting Economic and Environmental Goals in Northeast Los Angeles ('07) Lehigh Liberty Center: Obstacles and Opportunities for Providing Community Benefits in A Private Redevelopment in Newark, New Jersey's Disinvested South Ward ('07) Frontline Innovations in the Battle for Affordable Housing: Recommendations for Community Land Trusts in Council District 1, City of Los Angeles ('07) Motor Avenue: A Community, Destination, and Connection ('07) Design in the Creative City: An Ideas Competition ('07) Post-Disaster Shelter and Housing Standards ('07) International Disaster Response: Integrating Livelihood Development and Psychosocial Support ('07) How Urban Design and Public Investment Can Benefit San Francisco's Redevelopment Agency ('07) Integrating Land Use and Transportation: The Revitalization of a Commercial Corridor In Fresno, California Through Innovative Land Use and Zoning Policy ('07) Public-Private Partnerships in Energy Efficiency: An ESCO Industry Primer New Urbanism and Housing Affordability: An Assessment Walkable Alleys: Improving Pedestrian Linkages Between Public Parking Facilities, Housing, and Commercial Businesses in Hollywood, CA ('07) Industrial Conversion in Unincorporated LA County ('07) A Bicycle Analysis and Conceptual Plan for Southeast Los Angeles Within Proximity of the Exposition Right-of-Way ('07) Biodiesel Options for UCLA ('07) Creating a Green Industry Based on Diesel Retrofit Devices in Los Angeles ('07) Evergreen Park and Recreation Center Transportation Analysis ('07) Parking Incentives for Carsharing Organizations: An Analysis of Local Government Agencies' Options for Encouraging Carsharing Use Through Parking Incentives and Recommendations for Implementation ('07) Florence and Pacific: A Plan for Improving Bike-Transit Access in Huntington Park ('07) 2005-06 Inner City Revitalization: Revitalizing Vernon-Central Through Strategic Partnerships ('06) A Place at the Table: Food Security Strategies for Affordable Housing Communities ('06) Exploring Residential Development of Brownfields as a Solution to Los Angeles' Affordable Housing Shortage ('06) The Public Costs of Slum Housing in Los Angeles: A Case Study of the Morrison Hotel ('06) Choice of the Choice Rider Demand for Light Rail Transit in the Polycentric City: A Look at Culver City and Mid-City Exposition Line ('06) The Inner City Facility Struggle: An Assessment of Charter School Facilities and the Development Process in the City of Los Angeles ('06) Santee Court Phase II: Analysis of a Real Estate Opportunity in Downtown Los Angeles for an Institutional Investor ('06) Public Transit between the United States and Canada: Establishing Regular Bus Service between Whatcom County, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia in a post-NAFTA, post-9/11 world ('06) The Power of Partnerships: Recommendations for Strategic Partnerships Between Bank of America and Community Organizations in Boyle Heights ('06) Estrella Park vs. Caltrrans Nuisance Property: Greeing Wasted Spaces ('06) Transit-oriented Development in Culver City: An Opportunity to Support Light Rail Transit and Create a Pedestrian-oriented District ('06) Examining Gentrification and Building a Framework for Equitable Development Policy in Los Angeles' Asian Pacific American Ethnic Enclaves ('06) Public Transit as a Hedge Against Congestion-Related Externalities: Substantial Benefits and Potential Strategies ('06) Mitigating Air Pollution at Seaports: A Review of Emissions Mitigation Efforts at U.S. and European Seaports ('06) Examining Gentriciation and Building a Framework for Equitable Development Policy in Los Angeles' Asian Ethnic Enclaves ('06) One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Coordinating Water Management and Development in Response to the Costa Keuhl Act of 2002 ('06) Uncommon LA Community Development Through Cultural Tourism: Three Los Angeles Neighborhoods ('06) Dollars to Pesos: US to Mexico Remittance Flows ('06) MacArthur Park in Transition: Assessing Change and Preserving Neighborhood Integrity ('06) Wage, Labor and Safety Conditions in the California Car Wash Industry ('06) Trading Spaces: Parking Reform in Neighborhood Commercial Districts Affordable Housing Goes Solar: A Feasibility Analysis of Photovoltaics for Future ('06) Job Implications in Los Angeles' Green Building Sector ('06) A Week's Wage for a Month's Rent: Defining and Measuring Housing Affordability in One of the Nation's Most Expensive States ('06) Examining Gentrification and Building a Framework for Equitable Development Policy in Los Angeles' Asian Pacific American Ethnic Enclaves ('06) Thinking Regionally and Acting Regionally: An Examation of the Process of Regional Planning in San Diego ('06) Pedestrian Experience and Built Form: Analysis and Recommendations for Pasadena's Fair Oaks/Orange Grove Renaissance Commercial District ('06) Alternative Methods to Increasing Housing Stock--Converting Commercial Spaces to Residential ('06)