Spring 2017 @ UDL

The Urban Design Lab research on cognitive mapping and urban social media was on display in a poster session at the annual Columbia Data Science Day on April 5th, 2017. The work correlates new mapping techniques for health and well-being with normative GIS-based data. This research is made in collaboration with the Columbia Institute for Data Science and Department of Computer Science. The poster received the “Best Data Science Day 2017 Poster Presentation,” as voted by more than 600 event attendees.

The revised edition of Plunz’s A History of Housing in New York City still attracts attention, such as at the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History. This time the lecture was followed by a discussion moderated by Lisa Keller, Professor of History at SUNY Purchase.

The last twenty three years of work on cities is the latest contribution on urban design studies by Richard Plunz. The recent book, City Riffs, Urbanism, Ecology, Place, traces changing perspectives on urban design within an ever-changing global context. The book is published by Lars-Mueller-Publishers.

Patricia Culligan continues her public speaking activity on a panel at the School of International and Public Affairs on The Future of Nuclear Energy, at a National Science Foundation workshop focused on Connecting Women Faculty in Geotechnical Engineering, and at Columbia Law School on Using Green Infrastructure for Climate Change Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation. Additionally Culligan delivered the 15th G.A. Leonard’s Lecture at Purdue University, Indiana, and also presented, with Nilda Mesa, at the Sustainable Smart Cities International Workshop in Alexandria, Egypt.

Nilda Mesa was part of the opening panel of “What is The Circular Economy,” organized by the School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute; at CUNY’s Gotham Center for New York History at the event on “Is New York City’s Future Sustainable?”; at the panel “Car Free Day Policymaking – How Will the Data and Research Influence Future Transportation Policy”; and at the conference Promoting Resilience and Transformation in Cities: A Conference for a Public Policy of Urban Climate Governance. Mesa will serve on the Advisory Panel for Measure of America’s Portrait of New York City.

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