Silvia R. Gonzalez

Silvia Gonzalez (Jimenez) is a doctoral student in Urban Planning and the Assistant Director at the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her research interests focus on the implications of place and the urban spatial structure on socioeconomic inequality. Previously, Silvia worked with the Center for the Study of Inequality at UCLA. She has worked extensively, as a researcher and consultant with nonprofit, community based, and government organizations. She holds a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on Economic Development also from UCLA.

Selected Publications:

Loukaitou-Sideris, A., Gonzalez, S., & Ong, P. (2017). Triangulating Neighborhood Knowledge to Understand Neighborhood Change: Methods to Study Gentrification. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 0739456X17730890.

Pierce, G., & Gonzalez, S. R. (2017). Public Drinking Water System Coverage and Its Discontents: The Prevalence and Severity of Water Access Problems in California’s Mobile Home Parks. Environmental Justice.

Pierce, Gregory, and Silvia Gonzalez. “Mistrust at the tap? Factors contributing to public drinking water (mis) perception across US households.” Water Policy 19, no. 1 (2017): 1-12.

Pierce, Gregory, and Silvia Jimenez. “Unreliable water access in US mobile homes: evidence from the American Housing Survey.” Housing Policy Debate 25.4 (2015): 739-753.

Jimenez, Silvia, and Gregory Pierce. “Inequality at the Tap: Explaining Shortcomings in Safe Water Access in Los Angeles’ Mobile Home Communities.” UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Social Justice Fellowship Publication. (2013). Online at: http://luskin.ucla.edu/sites/default/files/Jimenez_Pierce.pdf

Kenton Card

Kenton Card is a PhD Student in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently an Editor of Critical Planning Journal and a Student Advisor to the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin. Kenton’s current research questions the implications of various legal and ownership configurations of housing and land within a comparative urban political economic framework. He works primarily with Ananya Roy, Eric Sheppard (Geography), Paul Ong, and Mike Lens. Kenton’s past research unpacked social architecture practices and their unintended consequences through participant observation and documentary film fieldwork. This research was conducted across the United States on the Rural Studio, Architecture for Humanity, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, the Neighborhood Design/Build Studio and others, which culminated into the film “Architecture for the Underserved” and publications. Kenton has always been driven to engage in social change beyond academic research through forms of spatial practice like community organizing and engaged pedagogy. He spearheaded a multi-year project to design and build an agricultural greenhouse for Marlboro College, which included leading a community design process, fundraising initiative, and a sustainable construction process by salvaging materials and harvesting/milling timber. He also launched a yearlong urban research collective called The City and the Political at The Public School, Berlin, and has taught at Marlboro College. Finally, Kenton has worked with housing and environmental advocacy organizations in Sacramento, CA: Housing California and The Planning and Conservation League. When not studying cities, Kenton spends time ‘traditional’ rock climbing.

PEER-REVIEW PUBLICATIONS

Jones, Paul, and Kenton Card. “Constructing “Social Architecture”: The politics of representing practice.” Architectural Theory Review 16.3 (2011): 228-244. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13264826.2011.621543#.Vqul5lKkQ-8

Card, Kenton. “Democratic Social Architecture Or Experimentation On The Poor?.” Design Philosophy Papers 3 (2011). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2752/144871311X13968752924914#.VqumSFKkQ-8

FILMS

Berlin’s Urban Fights 
Architecture for the Underserved
Erik Swyngedouw: Politics and the Political
Firebreak Project

LINKS

academia.edu
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Yiwen (Xavier) Kuai

Yiwen is a doctoral student at the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin. His research interests include housing affordability, neighborhood and poverty, gentrification, transportation, urban economics, and international development. His current research projects include topics on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, suburban street width and parking policy, gentrification issues in New York City, social networks among public housing residents, etc. Yiwen is also a research affiliate of Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy at New York University.

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/xavierkuai
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