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Anna Rubbo Recognized for Her Humanitarian Work at UIA Durban

by | August 19, 2014
Category: Awards

CSUD Adjunct Senior Scholar, Anna Rubbo has been awarded a Vassilis Sgoutas Prize as “founder of the Global Studio and (for) her educational and humanitarian work.” Anna and other winners received their prizes on 6 August at the 25th International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress in Durban, South Africa.  At the congress, Anna hosted […]

Professor David King Publishes Papers on Transport Economics and Policy

by | August 19, 2014
Category: Publications

Professor David King recently published the following papers: King, David A., Jonathan Peters and Cameron Gordon. (2014) “Does Road Pricing Affect Port Freight Activity: Recent Evidence from the Port ofNew York and New Jersey” Research in Transportation Economics, in press. King, David A. and Eric Goldwyn. (2014) “Why Do Regulated Jitney Services Often Fail? Evidence from the New York City Group Ride Vehicle Project,” Transport Policy, in press.

CSUD Affiliate David King Presents at the World Symposium on Transportion Land Use

by | August 19, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

CSUD Research Affiliate and Assistant Professor of Urban Planning David King,  presented two papers at the World Symposium on Transportation and Land Use Research in Delft, the Netherlands. The first, “Assessing the long term land use changes associated with San Diego light rail: How long should we wait for change?” with Center Ph.D. Affiliate Lauren Fischer ; […]

CSUD Sponsors Thompsett and Mulligan Talk on Kibera and Access to Water and Sanitation

by | June 10, 2014
Category: Events

“WATSAN Portal: Kibera – Improving Access to Water and Sanitation in Nairobi’s largest slum” will be presented by Anna Tompsett and Joe Mulligan on Thursday, June 19th, 2014, at 11 am, Buell Hall, Room 300 South. WATSAN Portal: Kibera is a web-based tool that makes geo-referenced data on municipal infrastructure networks available to improve access to water and sanitation in Kibera, Nairobi. Using […]

Anna Rubbo Mentioned for the 2014 UIA Vassilis Sgoutas Prize

by | June 5, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

Anna Rubbo, adjunct senior scholar at CSUD, has been awarded a mention by the Jury of the International Union of Architects (UIA) for the Vassilis Sgoutas Prize.  This category recognizes ‘architecture serving the most impoverished and the conception of inventive solutions for reducing poverty and indigence’.  Winners will be announced at the 25th UIA World […]

CSUD Ph.D. Student Affiliates Participate in IGERT Symposium and Poster Session

by | June 4, 2014
Category: Events

On May 28,2014 CSUD Ph.D. Student Affiliates participated in the first ever IGERT Symposium and Poster Session held at Columbia University.  The IGERT program, or the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, is funded by the National Science Foundation and IGERT awards have been made to numerous universities in the US across many disciplines.  The […]

Anna Rubbo, CSUD Adjunct Senior Scholar, Continues to Research and Engage through Publications and Exhibit

by | May 19, 2014
Category: Publications

Here are some recent examples of Anna’s work: Rubbo, A.  (2013). ‘The Griffins’ Contribution to Sydney Modernism’, Edwards, D. (ed.)  in Sydney Moderns: Art of the Interwar Years, NSWE: AGNSW Rubbo,A., Bullock, M.  Neumann, M., Ramakrishnan, D., van den Bussche, J., Chan, W. (2013) People Building Better Cities Traveling Exhibition. Rubbo, A.. (2012) Design Education as Engaged Practice: […]

CSUD & PBBC at World Urban Forum

by | April 15, 2014
Category: Events

CSUD & PBBC at World Urban Forum Adjunct Senior Scholar Anna Rubbo successfully concluded her traveling exhibition on “People Building Better Cities”. She will be representing CSUD at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia  with an exhibition space devoted to participatory urban design work. Anna can be reached at anna.rubbo@sydney.edu.au for further details. The schedule of […]

New CSUD Publications

by | April 15, 2014
Category: Publications

CSUD Director Sclar has completed a book with  Måns Lönnroth and Chris Wolmar with a March release date: Urban Access for the 21st Century: Finance and Governance Models for Transport Infrastructure.    Williams, Sarah, Elizabeth Marcello and Jacqueline M. Klopp. 2013. ”Toward Open Source Kenya: Creating and Sharing a GIS Database of Nairobi” Annals of the Association of American Geographers  […]

CSUD Happenings

by | April 15, 2014
Category: Events

On January 28, 2014 CSUD along with its partners at the University of Nairobi, MIT and Groupshot launched a comprehensive pubic transit map and data base. The map and more information can be found at digitalmatatus.com.  The event was widely covered in the local press in Kenya and also was featured in Next City and Atlantic Cities.   CSUD Director […]

New public transit map for Nairobi launched!

by | February 4, 2014
Categories: Events, Uncategorized
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On January 28th, CSUD as part of the Digital Matatu team, helped launch a new, comprehensive public transit map and data base for Nairobi. Co-hosted by the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations, the event involved key policymakers for the city and the County of Nairobi announced its formal adoption of the map which is critical […]

People Building Better Cities Exhibition Opens in New York December 3

by | November 27, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

PEOPLE BUILDING BETTER CITIES NEW YORK The traveling exhibition People Building Better Cities (PBBC)  will be shown   at the AIA Center for Architecture from Tuesday December 3 to Saturday  January 4, 2014. PBBC has been shown in 12 cities and eight countries in 2013, and has been translated into five languages. While the exhibition focus is on […]

“GTFS for the Rest of Us” Workshop leads to a new way to capture paratransit data

by | November 27, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

The workshop CSUD organised with the World Bank, the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT, the School of Computing and Informatics,University of Nairobi and Groupshot led to a successful discussion with Brian Ferris of Google to update the global data standard GTFS, This modification of GTFS will allow data for paratransit systems such as those […]

Andrea Rizvi Wins Best Paper Award at THREDBO

by | November 9, 2013
Category: Awards

CSUD Research Affiliate Andrea Rizvi received The Michael Beesley Award Honorable Mention for her paper “Implementing Bus Rapid Transit:  A tale of two Indian cities”.  Andrea presented her paper at St. Annes College at Oxford University as part of “THREDBO 13: 13th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport”.  The paper was […]

People Building Better Cities Exhibit to Open at AIA December 3

by | November 9, 2013
Category: Events

People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization  is a traveling exhibition that aims to exchange knowledge, build networks, and promote dialogue on the challenges of inclusive urbanization. To date PBBC has been shown in Bangkok, Sydney, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Beijing, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. While the exhibition focus is on developing countries, it speaks to urban […]

CSUD co-hosts meeting on “GTFS for the Rest of Us” in Washington DC

by | November 8, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

CSUD received a new Rockefeller grant “Towards a Data Standard for Paratransit” in partnership with the Department of Computing and Informatics at the University of Nairobi, the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT and Groupshot. As part of this work, we are partnering with the World Bank to hold a meeting on “GTFS for the […]

CSUD Forges Collaboration with New Chilean Research Center – CEDEUS

by | October 29, 2013

CSUD has entered a new collaboration with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad de Concepción.  These two universities have established a new center for sustainable urban development with funding from their national government.  CEDEUS (Centro di Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable) is part of an effort by the National Research Council of Chile to […]

CSUD Awarded AC4 Grant

by | October 29, 2013
Category: Research Grants

CSUD has been awarded a grant from the Earth Institutes’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity.  Jacqueline Klopp, CSUD Associate Research Scholar, will be the principal investigator of our study, “Sustainability and the City: An Exploration of Concepts, Metrics and Practices”.  This study seeks to produce a review of sustainability literature in urban studies […]

PLANNING AND DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY – A CONVERSATION WITH UN-HABITAT

by | September 20, 2013
Category: Events

Join us in a Conversation with UN-Habitat as they prepare to release their Global Report on Human Settlements 2013: “Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility”. This report argues that the development of sustainable urban transport systems requires a conceptual leap. The purpose of ‘transportation’ and ‘mobility’ is to gain access to destinations, activities, services […]

Nairobi’s matatu routes go digital

by | August 26, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

Researchers, including Dr. Jackie Klopp of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD), have compiled data on the city’s transit system, outlining routes and the estates served. The map covers 100 routes in Nairobi served my matatus and municipal buses. A recent newspaper article in the Standard, interviews Dr. Daniel Orwa, a key member of […]

04 July 2013 Event: Smart Sustainable Transport for Nairobi?: Creating an Open Access Database for Public Transit

by | July 2, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

On July 4th, 2013, CSUD will be jointly hosting the following public event in Nairobi, Kenya. Please email jmklopp@gmail.com with any questions, or to RSVP attendance. SMART SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT FOR NAIROBI?:CREATING AN OPEN ACCESS DATA BASE FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT July 4, 2013 9:00 am- noon Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Research Analysis Bishop Gardens Towers […]

CSUD researcher and partners at the University of Nairobi release policy brief on environmental regulation in Kenya

by | June 14, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

CSUD researcher Ben Barczewski recently completed a policy brief titled ‘How Well Do Environmental Regulations Work in Kenya?: A Case Study of the Thika Highway Improvement Project’. The brief highlights the need for a different approach to development, one which recognizes the real cost of doing business at the expense of the environment. It emphasizes […]

Blog Post: Nairobi’s Future: Will it change with Devolution?

by | June 8, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

Chief Executive Officer of Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya), Kwame Owino, publishes blog post on the future of Nairobi: Nairobi’s Future: Will it change with Devolution? Not likely. The conventional wisdom in Kenya today is that the implementation of devolution as anticipated in the new constitution and brought to reality by the election of 47 […]

People Building Better Cities featured at Alliance Francaise, Nairobi

by | June 2, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

Together with the photo exhibition and book launch, “Nairobi in Pictures”, “People Building Better Cities” will be featured at the Alliance Francaise, Nairobi from 05 June until 07 July.  The exhibition will include the following public discussions about Nairobi’s architectural history identity: June 5: Opening at Alliance Francaise June 12: Talk: ‘Nairobi Architectural History’ June […]

Rockefeller Foundation launches 100 Resilient Cities competition

by | May 15, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced plans for the 100 Resilient Cities competition – an effort to build urban resilience around the world. In this competition, city government officials and major institutions are able to nominate their city through a formal application process. Selected cities will receive membership in the newly formed 100 Resilient Cities Network, […]

People Building Better Cities travelling exhibit visits Sydney, Australia

by | May 14, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

The traveling exhibition ‘People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization’ (PBBC), led by CSUD’s Adjunct Senior Scholar Dr. Anna Rubbo is currently on display at the Customs House in Sydney, Australia. This 12-city, six-country traveling exhibit illustrates participatory approaches to planning and design, as a necessary component of sustainable and equitable development in an era […]

CSUD Associate and partners publish an article on e-governance in Kenya

by | May 6, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

CSUD Associate Research Scholar, Jacqueline Klopp and affiliate Elizabeth Marcello along with their Kenyan partners George Kirui and Henry Mwangi recently published an article on their work. The article titled ‘Negotiating e-politics: Initiating e-governance in a municipal council in Kenya’ will be featured in Volume 18, of Information Polity in 2013 (Number 1: 21-42). For […]

CSUD affiliates attend Mega Transport Project conference in London

by | April 25, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

CSUD Director Elliott Sclar, Associate Research Scholar Jacqueline Klopp, PhD students Eric Goldwyn and Danielle Petretta presented their work at the Omega Center, University College London April 10-12. The conference was part of the Volvo Research and Education Foundations (VREF) network on future urban transport in which VREF Centers of Excellence from all parts of […]

CSUD PhD Student Eric Goldwyn Authors Article on Bus Rapid Transit

by | April 23, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

Eric Goldwyn, PhD student at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and CSUD affiliate, has recently published an article in The Atlantic Cities about bus rapid transit in Cape Town, South Africa. The article, titled The Limits of Bus Rapid Transit: A Cape Town Case Study is a result of Mr. Goldwyn’s recent visit to Cape Town […]

Smart Cities project proceeds to second round in Knight Foundation News Challenge

by | April 16, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

CSUD recently received news that the Smart Cities project has made it to the second round of the Knight Foundation News Challenge.  Out of 850 applicants, 40 were shortlisted for final review. The project aims to collect transportation data – including paratransit, rail and walking information – and put this data into General Transportation Feed […]

A conversation with Aljazeera: CSUD Associate Research Scholar Klopp discusses the role that land plays in Kenya’s electoral politics

by | March 28, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

Jacqueline Klopp, Associate Research Scholar at CSUD served as an election observer for the Carter Center earlier this month.  In a recent interview with Aljazeera, Klopp explains how land ownership plays a large role in both contemporary and historical electoral politics and why land reform is critical for the country. The full article is available […]

CSUD affiliate, Cairo from Below, announces the results of its ‘Our Urban Futures’ Idea Competition

by | February 26, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

  Cairo from Below is a collective of planners, policy-makers architects and urbanists with a mission of encouraging inclusive, responsible, and transparent urban planning in Cairo, Egypt. Over the past seven months the collective received 22 entries for the ‘Our urban Futures’ idea competition.  These results were announced at a symposium on 19 January 2013, […]

CSUD and partners to host a seminar on sustainable transportation in Nairobi

by | February 19, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

On February 20th, 2013, the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) and the Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Research Analysis (KIPPRA) will host a seminar on ‘Smart sustainable transportation for Nairobi: creating an open access data base for public transit’.  The event will take place in Nairobi, Kenya and will include particpants from the civil […]

CSUD welcomes visiting scholar Dr. Jose Lucio

by | January 24, 2013
Category: Uncategorized

Dr. Jose Lucio joins us from the Department of Geography and Regional Planning/e-GEO: Research Center on Geography and Regional Planning at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. Lucio will be working with CSUD during the month of January, 2013. Dr. José Lúcio holds a PhD in Economic Development from New University of Lisbon, Portugal. […]

CSUD and partners showcase Thika highway research

by | December 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

In November 2012, the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (Kara), and Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development held a discussion about the future of urban infrastructure projects in light of the recent completion of Thika Superhighway. A video of this event can […]

CSUD Project featured in HOW Design

by | December 10, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The 12-city, six-country exhibition and associated catalog  ‘People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization,’ led by CSUD’s Adjunct Senior Scholar Dr. Anna Rubbo, was featured in an article in HOW Design.  The exhibition is a project of Global Studio and is being carried out in collaboration with CSUD. The four-month traveling exhibition project will put the case for […]

CSUD PhD Student Eric Goldwyn Travels to Cape Town

by | November 20, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Eric Goldwyn, PhD student at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and CSUD affiliate, will travel to Cape Town, South Africa from November 24 through December 27, 2012. Mr. Goldwyn will be working with CSUD partners at the African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-motorised Transport (ACET) at the University […]

CSUD and University of Nairobi to host a seminar on Thika Highway Improvement Project research

by | November 14, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

On Tuesday, November 20th, CSUD and the University of Nairobi, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies will host a seminar to discuss results of an action research project around the Thika Highway Improement Project.  This seminar offers an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and the public to discuss the future of urban infrastructure projects in light […]

CSUD welcomes visiting scholar Japheths Onyango Kabaka Ogendi

by | October 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Japheths Onyango Kabaka Ogendi will be joining CSUD as a visiting scholar for two weeks in October and November, sponsored by the newly-formed Volvo Research and Educational Foundations’ PhD Student exchange program. Mr. Ogendi is a PhD candidate at Maseno University School of Public Health and Community Development in Kenya and an affiliate at African […]

CSUD awarded grant to leverage data, technology, and policy networks to improve public transport in Nairobi

by | September 18, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

CSUD’s Associate Research Scholar Jacqueline M. Klopp was awarded a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation as part of the Foundation’s “Catalyzing the New Mobility in Cities” project. Building on CSUD’s previous action research on transportation policy in Nairobi, Kenya, CSUD will be working with Sarah Williams (Civic Data Design Project at MIT), Adam White (Groupshot, […]

CSUD awarded grant to profile participatory planning and design

by | September 17, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Global Studio, in collaboration with CSUD, has received a grant from the SAPPI Ideas that Matter program. The grant supports the 12-city, six-country exhibition and associated catalog  ‘People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization.’  Led by CSUD’s Adjunct Senior Scholar Dr. Anna Rubbo, the project launches in India in January 2013. The four-month traveling exhibition […]

The Urban Transformation: Health, Shelter and Climate Change, edited by CSUD’s Elliott Sclar and Nicole Volavka-Close, will be released shortly by Earthscan from Routledge.

by | August 27, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The Urban Transformation: Health, Shelter and Climate Change, edited by CSUD’s Elliott Sclar and Nicole Volavka-Close, along with Peter Brown, will be released shortly by Earthscan from Routledge. To order discounted copies, click here. For the first time in history, half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and it is expected that, by […]

CSUD and Kara release the social/community component of their ongoing analysis of the Thika Highway Improvement Project

by | July 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

The Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (Kara) in collaboration with the CSUD, conducted a study of the impact of the Thika Highway Improvement Project (THIP) on communities in Nairobi. The findings of this study were complied in a comprehensive report that explains citizens’ main concerns with road safety, health, water drainage, property damage, public involvement, socio-economic impacts, […]

CSUD Director Sclar featured on Michigan public radio’s Craig Fahle Show

by | March 22, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Elliott Sclar, Director of CSUD and Professor of Urban Planning was featured on Michigan public radio’s Craig Fahle Show for his keynote address at Wayne State University’s Law School on March 23 at a symposium called “Michigan in Transition: The Restructuring of Governance Through Privatization and Corporatization.”  Listen to the full show.

CSUD Associate Research Scholar Klopp to deliver talk at “Models of Mobility” workshop at York University on March 23-24, 2012

by | March 17, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Jacqueline Klopp, Associate Research Scholar at CSUD will deliver a talk at the workshop “Models of Mobility” at York University, Toronoto.  Klopp will be presenting the paper “Pursuing alternatives to urban automobile dependence path: A comparative analysis of Zurich and Singapore,” by Meleckidzedeck Khayesi (WHO, Geneva, Switzerland), Adjo Amekudzi (GeorgiaTech, USA) and Jacqueline Klopp (Columbia University, […]

CSUD Director Sclar to deliver keynote address at Wayne State University Law School Symposium on March 23, 2012

by | March 15, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Elliott Sclar, Director of CSUD and Professor of Urban Planning, will deliver a key noteaddress at Wayne State University’s Law School on March 23 at a symposium called “Michigan in Transition: The Restructuring of Governance Through Privatization and Corporatization.”  Read the press release.

Cairo from Below Recruitment Event on February 9, 2012

by | February 7, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Cairo From Below’s mission is to encourage inclusive, responsible, and transparent urban planning in Cairo, Egypt. Join Cairo From Below, CSUD, Columbia’s Arab Student Association, SIPA’s EPD Concentration, SIPA’s USP Concentration, and the SIPA New Media Task Force at a recruitment event to learn more about the project and how you can get involed.  The event will […]

CSUD scholar affiliate Sarah Williams named “game-changer” by MetropolisMag

by | January 25, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

CSUD scholar affiliate Sarah Williams was feaured by MetropolisMag for her use of mapping technology to expose social injustices and inform urban design and policy.  Read the full article.

Rebuildling Legacy Cities Book Launch on January 26, 2012

by | January 17, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

Join the American Assembly, the Center for Community Progress, and The Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) for the release of the new American Assembly book, Rebuilding America’s Legacy Cities: New Directions for the Industrial Heartland. The forum, followed by a cocktail reception, will take place Thursday, January 26, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, […]

CSUD and Kara Host Public Forum on Thika Highway

by | October 25, 2011
Category: Uncategorized

On October 25, 2011, the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (Kara) in collaboration with the CSUD, held a public forum to discuss issues and concerns surrounding the Thika Highway Improvement Project (THIP) in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area. 152 people attended the public forum held at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi.  Among the attendees were the […]