Going… Going… Green! Art in the Village

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – Friday, March 19, 2010

University Village Shopping Center
3375 South Hoover Street
Food Court
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Children from the USC Family of Schools artistically express how they can contribute to a greener environment.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – Friday, March 19, 2010

University Village Shopping Center
3375 South Hoover Street
Food Court
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Each academic year, the USC Fisher Museum of Art plans, curates and professionally installs four temporary student art exhibitions at the University Village Shopping Center Food Court for the Art in the Village program.

For this year’s first exhibition, elementary school kids belonging to the USC Family of Schools (32nd Street/USC Magnet, Alexander Science Center School, Foshay Learning Center, John Mack Elementary, Norwood Elementary, St. Agnes Parish School, St. Vincent Parish School, Vermont Avenue Elementary and Weemes Elementary) were invited to create and submit artwork fitting the theme “Going… Going… Green!”

Each exhibition kicks off with an opening reception honoring the 40 students with the best artwork. The children have the opportunity to speak with family, friends and community members about their work. They are congratulated for their achievements during an awards ceremony, at which they receive a certificate signed by Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks.

Funded in part by a USC Neighborhood Outreach Grant, Art in the Village represents a partnership between the USC Fisher Museum of Art, the University Village Shopping Center and the USC Family of Schools.

Katherine Goar

goar@usc.edu

(213) 740-4561


Marlon Boarnet on Walking in the Suburbs

Calendar – USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking: Evidence from a Land-Use Travel Study by Marlon Boarnet

Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking: Evidence from a Land Use – Travel Study

METRANS Research Seminar

When: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 : 12:00pm

Location: University Park Campus, Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL), Room 103

Presenter:
Marlon Boarnet
Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Economics, UC Irvine

Abstract:
We report results from a detailed travel diary survey of 2,125 residents in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County – a mature, auto- oriented suburban region. Study areas were divided into four centers, typical of compact development or Smart Growth, and four linear, auto-oriented corridors. Results show substantial variation in the amount of walking across study areas. Trips are shorter and more likely to be via walking in centers. A key to the centers’ increased walking travel is the concentration of local shopping and service destinations in a commercial core. Yet the scale of business concentration that is associated with highly pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods is from three to four times as large as what can be supported by the local resident base, suggesting that pedestrian oriented neighborhoods necessarily import shopping trips, and hence driving trips, from larger surrounding catchment areas. The results suggest both land use and mobility strategies that can be appropriate for suburban regions.

About the Speaker:
Marlon Boarnet is Professor of Planning, Policy, and Design and Economics at UC Irvine, and from 2003 through 2006 he chaired UC Irvine’s Department of Planning, Policy, and Design. He has studied land use – travel behavior interactions, urban growth patterns, the economic impacts of transportation infrastructure, and economic development. Boarnet is co-author, with Randall Crane, of Travel by Design: The Influence of Urban Form on Travel (Oxford University Press, 2001). Boarnet is ranked among the top ten most published planning scholars in North America for the years 1998 through 2002. Boarnet edits the Journal of Regional Science, he serves as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Planning Literature and the Papers in Regional Science. Boarnet was a member of the National Academy of Sciences / National Research Council Committee on “Relationships Among Development Patterns, Vehicle Miles Traveled, and Energy Consumption.” That committee authored the recent report “Driving and the Built Environment.” Boarnet’s research has been supported by agencies that include the U.S. and California Departments of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Policy Research Center, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Boarnet has provided consulting services to the World Bank, the Bay Area Economic Forum, the Orange County Business Council, and the Urban Land Institute, among others.

Lunch will be served on the patio as no food is allowed in the room, so please note that you must RSVP by Monday if you would like a meal. Please also arrive at noon in order to guarantee yourself enough time to eat because the seminar will start promptly at 12:30 p.m.

RSVP to Vicki Valentine, victoriv@usc.edu by noon on Monday, March 8.


No More Play and Other Urban Speculations: A talk by Architect Michael Maltzan

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 : 6:00pm

University Park Campus
USC Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center
Harris 101

A lecture by renowned Los Angeles architect Michael Maltzan, the Nancy M. and Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic.

n the decade since founding Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles, Maltzan has created a practice that engages the increasingly complex reality of urbanization and information-driven culture. Building on his background in the arts, he endeavors to synthesize the ambiguity of our contemporary world through an architecture that is both catalyst for new experiences and infused with optimism for its role as an agent for change. His work — through projects including the Mark Taper Forum/Inner-City Arts, the Harvard-Westlake School’s Feldman-Horn Center for the Arts, MoMA QNS, the Kidspace Children’s Museum, the UCLA Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater, the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, the Sonoma County Museum, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s new Administration and Education Complex — charts a new trajectory for Modernism and the public realm.

Maltzan’s work has been recognized with the American Institute of Architects’ Young Architect’s Award, five Progressive Architecture awards and 13 additional awards from the AIA. Maltzan has lectured internationally and has served as a design instructor, lecturer and critic at The Architectural League of New York, the Rhode Island School of Design, UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC, Harvard University, the University of Waterloo and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He is a licensed architect and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

The Nancy M. and Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic endowment, honoring three-generation Trojan family members Nancy and Edward Fox, provides funds for the annual appointment of a visiting urban design critic at the USC School of Architecture. The critic is responsible for teaching and research in the area of urban design and the role of the business community in the development of cities. The critic incorporates the complementary roles of architects, urban designers and financial partners in city building.

The lecture is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1, off of Exposition Boulevard.

http://arch.usc.edu


Roundtable on the Stimulus

A Roundtable Discussion on Social and Economic Impacts of Federal Economic Stimulus and Transportation Legislation Reauthorization: Identifying Research Needs

Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Date: Monday July 20, 2009
Time: 10:00‐11:45am (immediately following the ADD20 Committee Meeting)

Participants:
Thera Black, Chair, ADA20 (Metropolitan Policy, Planning and Processes Committee)
Marc Brenman, former‐Executive Director, Washington State Human Rights Commission
Richard Marcantonio, Managing Attorney, Public Advocates, Inc. (San Francisco)
Tom Sanchez, Chair ADD20 (Social and Economic Factors of Transportation)

“States are receiving federal funding for infrastructure projects to stimulate economic recovery. These projects were identified as those being “shovel ready”, meaning that they can commence construction immediately and provide much needed jobs and economic activity.

The White House believes that expediting this process is critical to the U.S. economy and well‐being of workers and their families. The Federal Transportation Bill will be another opportunity to make much needed infrastructure investments with stimulus effects.

One issue of concern is that in the haste to stimulate the economy, the projects being selecteddo not necessarily consider wider socio‐economic consequences and needs, including equity measures. For example, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 directed billions to transit capital (primarily road) projects, but left out critical funding needed to operate and extend transit systems upon which millions of low‐income people depend for daily mobility. Others point to stimulus funding availability for costly rail expansion projects at the expense of funds to maintain existing bus service. Has the focus on creating construction jobs job creation been at the expense of fundamental system needs and broader social objectives?

This roundtable will bring together a range of perspectives including representatives from the US DOT, state DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and advocacy groups to discuss economic stimulus in terms of social equity, job generation, accountability, inclusiveness, and implementation. In particular, the discussion is intended to identify future research needs to evaluate these transportation investments in the larger socio‐economic context. The product of the roundtable will be a research needs statement outlining questions specific to outcomes at the metropolitan, state, and federal levels.”


Sad news for travel behavior research

This is very sad news for the world of travel behavior research.


Invitation to Symposium Celebrating the Life and Work of Ryuichi Kitamura

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

We were all grieved at the untimely passing of Ryuichi Kitamura in February, and continue to mourn the loss, not only of a brilliant and creative scholar, but a generous mentor and treasured friend. The University of California at Davis (where he spent the first 15 years of his professorial career) and Kyoto University (where he spent the second 15+ years) are joining together to sponsor a symposium in Ryuichi’s honor, aptly titled “The Joy of the Journey: Celebrating the Life and Work of Ryuichi Kitamura”. The planning committee hopes you can join the symposium gathering on this poignant occasion.

This symposium will be held June 29-30, 2009, on the UC Davis campus. There will be a reception the evening of June 28, and an optional excursion is planned to Napa Valley on July 1. The symposium itself will fill both days of June 29-30, with a banquet on the night of June 30 at which Ryuichi’s family will be present. The banquet will feature an “open microphone” period during which attendees will have an opportunity to share stories of Ryuichi, recount memories, offer condolences to the family, and speak of his influence on their work and the profession at large.

Complete details about the symposium, including the program/agenda, online registration procedures, and hotel accommodation information, are now available at the website that UC Davis has established for this symposium and to commemorate Ryuichi. Please check the website frequently for updates and further information.

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you in Davis to celebrate the life and work of Ryuichi Kitamura.

Sincerely,
Planning Committee:
Patricia Mokhtarian, UC Davis, Chair,
Cynthia Chen, City College of New York,
Satoshi Fujii, Kyoto University,
Kostas Goulias, University of California, Santa Barbara,
Akira Kikuchi, Kyoto University,
Hani Mahmassani, Northwestern University,
Ram Pendyala, Arizona State University,
Owen Waygood, Kyoto University,
Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Nagoya University,
Toshio Yoshii, Kyoto University,