We are excited to announce that Oxford University Press will publish RCHI Director Lawrence J. Vale’s newest book, After the Projects: Public Housing Redevelopment and the Governance of the Poorest Americans, on November 15, 2018. E-book or hard copy versions are currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com or directly from Oxford University Press.
RCHI’s Lawrence J. Vale coauthored a paper with Shomon Shamsuddin and Nicholas Kelly entitled, “Broken Promises or Selective Memory Planning? A National Picture of HOPE VI Plans and Realities.” We are excited to announce that paper was pre-published online by Housing Policy Debate June 7, 2018 and is now viewable online.
Join us May 3-4 at the MIT Media Lab for the LCAU Housing + [Conference]
RCHI’s Lawrence Vale will speak on a panel Thursday May 3, 2018 at 9:20 am, entitled “Housing + Community Building.”
RCHI researchers Linda Shi, Zachary Lamb, Xi (Colleen) Qiu, Hongru Cai, and Lawrence Vale co-authored the journal article “Promises and perils of collective land tenure in promoting urban resilience: Learning from China's urban villages.” The article was published electronically April 26, 2018 in Habitat Internationaland discusses RCHI’s work to understand the role of collective governance in the urban villages of Shenzhen, China.
Exciting news for the RCHI team as RCHI’s Zachary Lamb and Lawrence Vale co-authored a paper set to be published as a chapter in a sequel to the Routledge Companion to Urban Design. In their paper, “Resilient Urban Design: Shaping the Spatial Politics of Risk in a Crisis-Prone World,” Lamb and Vale consider how urban resilient design can create spaces that are more just and environmentally sound.
We are excited to announce that RCHI’s Lawrence J. Vale’s paper, “Cities of Stars: Urban Renewal, Public Housing Regeneration, and the Community Empowerment Possibility of Governance Constellations” was pre-published electronically April 12, 2018 by the International Journal of Urban Sciences. Vale is the sole author on this article, in which he seeks to examine the implementation of the largest public housing regeneration programme in the United States, HOPE VI (Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere). The abstract is below and the full text is located at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/12265934.2018.1455530. Print publication to follow.
RCHI invites you to join us at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Room 9-255) April 2,2018 for a presentation by Dr. S. Atyia Martin entitled "Seeking Equitable Resilience for Boston and Beyond."
Additional remarks will be made by RCHI Director Lawrence Vale, Ceasar McDowell, and Jonah Susskind.
(December 2017) Resilient Cities Housing Initiative Chair, Lawrence Vale was invited to co-chair the “Human Settlements” Track of the MIT Conference on the Resilient Reconstruction of the Caribbean which took place at the MIT campus December 12-13, 2017. This opportunity enabled Vale to present on RCHI research and activities, and also contribute to conference wide dialogue on resilience and recovery after natural disasters.
100 Resilient Cities, a project of the Rockefeller Foundation, will hold its 2017 Urban Resilience Summit in New York City from July 25 - 28. Lawrence Vale will join 500 leaders in the urban resilience field in sessions to share best practices and solutions in tackling 21st century resilience challenges.
RCHI member Laura Wainer, in partnership with Robert Buckley and Achilles Kallergis of the New School and the Rockefeller Foundation, recently published a summary of an October 2014 meeting in Bellagio, Italy attended by experts and academics whose countries are undertaking large, multi-billion-dollar housing projects.
At the 47th Annual Urban Affairs Conference, this year held in Minneapolis, Dr. Lawrence Vale presented work from a forthcoming book in a talk entitled "HOPE VI, Boston Style: Prioritizing Public Housing Residents While Reinvesting in the Neighborhood."
At the 2017 Association of American Geographers Conference, held nearby in Boston, RCHI collaborator Linda Shi presents in a session titled "Contradictions of the Climate Friendly City 3: Critical Perspectives on Urban Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation," drawing from work with other RCHI collaborators, including Kian Goh and Zachary Lamb, on the equity impacts of urban land use planning for climate adaptation. She will also presented a paper, co-authored with RCHI collaborators Zachary Lamb, Colleen Qiu, Lawrence Vale, and Hongru Cai, titled "Tenure Security and Urban Resilience: The Power of Collective Title in China's Urban Villages."
RCHI Members Laura Wainer and Billy Ndengeyingoma recently collaborated with Sally Murray of the International Growth Centre on the report "Incremental housing, and other design principles for low-cost housing" in Kigali, Rwanda. To address Kigali's critical shortage of low-income housing, they explore the promise of incremental building, where unfinished houses on serviced plots are provided for beneficiaries to improve over time.
Andres Achury and Francis Goyes, Master in City Planning candidates, will visit Colombia in late August to carry out preliminary field research with Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (FMSD), one of the largest foundations in Colombia, for a new RHCI research initiative: Assessing Urban Resilience for Low-Income Housing Enterprises in Colombia. This visit kicks off a two-year collaboration between MIT, led by Prof. Lawrence Vale, and FMSD, with the objective of evaluating FMSD’s housing macro projects through RCHI's resiliency framework.
With support from the Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab, RCHI is undertaking a one-year pilot project working with Chinese colleagues in the Pearl River Delta, to develop a preliminary framework for understanding the intersection of real estate and climate change in the context of Chinese urban village redevelopment.
Lawrence Vale presents expanded RCHI case on North Beach Place in San Francisco at the Society for American City and Regional Planning History Conference in Los Angeles.
RCHI team members presented at multiple sessions at the Association of Collegiate Planning Schools’ 2015 Annual Conference, “Justice and the City."
Lawrence Vale and Shomon Shamsuddin present “Mixed Income Housing and HOPE VI: Which Mix With What Hope?” at Housing in an Unequal World Conference for the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Housing and the Built Environment.
The Journal of the American Planning Association publishes an article “Explaining Progress in Climate Adaptation Planning Across 156 U.S. Municipalities” authored by RCHI’s Linda Shi and Jessica Debats, along with Eric Chu. Read the full article on JAPA Online.
RCHI participates in Housing for All: A Series of Events on the Future of Public Housing in Vancouver.
RCHI director Lawrence J. Vale receives the 2015 Urban Affairs Best Book Award for Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities.
Shomon Shamsuddin joined Tufts University as Assistant Professor of Social Policy and Community Development in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
The Conversation publishes “Mixed Income Public Housing: Mixed Outcomes, Mixed-Up Concept” authored by RCHI’s Lawrence Vale and Shomon Shamsuddin.
RCHI team members Lawrence Vale, Shomon Shamsuddin, and Kian Goh reflect on their July 2014 visit to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in an article published in Places Journal.
The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover From Disaster, co-edited by RCHI director Lawrence J. Vale, has recently been published in a Japanese edition.