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 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.
Larry Vale discusses the motivations behind public housing policies in a broader story on NPR’s Planet Money about the “deliberate choice” involved in subsidizing housing for the middle class and the wealthy more so than the poor.