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UCLA at the 2015 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC boasts such a wide array of activities and gatherings that in this era of social media it is tempting to use tweets and photos to convey the considerable intellectual energy that permeates the week. We make no pretense of being any different at UCLA- you get your fill of such delights at the Twitter feed “@ucla_its” and peruse the photos in our slideshow. […]

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GIS Day 2014: Celebrating our GIS contest winners

In honor of GIS Day, November 19, 2014, we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate the Lewis Center 2014 GIS contest winners and display their work. 

1st place: Anne Brown “Neighborhood Change Along the Orange Line”

In this project, Anne examined how the Orange Line, a full-service bus rapid transit line in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, influence on the surrounding area since the line began operations in 2005. Through advanced analysis and GIS skills such as  proportionally adjusting the geographic boundaries, Anne found […]

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Arrowhead Redux: Resilient Cities and Regions

Here at the Lewis Center, we’re still basking in the positive and thought-provoking glow of the 2014 Arrowhead Symposium, which this year took a deep dive into the topic of Resilient Cities and Regions. It was the 24th annual installment of the Arrowhead Symposium, which is always an intimate, invite-only look at some topic within the broader theme of the transportation-land use-environment connection.

This year, we thought we’d try to bring some of the magic down from the […]

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What are Resilient Cities, and Why Should We Care?

The title of opening talk at the 24th annual Arrowhead symposium was brazen and even a touch combative: “What are Resilient Cities and Regions, and Why Should We Care?” In his introductory remarks, Symposium Director Brian Taylor quickly made clear the provocative tone was driven by urgency, since if resilience takes the form of a buzzword that means almost anything, then it may soon mean almost nothing. The central intellectual challenge of the symposium would thus be to apply this powerful yet elusive term […]

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Bill Fulton: Planning for Resilience

Fulton began with the basic question everyone came to discuss: How does resilience relate to planning? Resilience is usually thought of in economic or environmental terms, and the resiliency of the built environment and social fabric of the city receive much less attention.   Bill Fulton argued that we should think about how cities and the people within them respond to disturbances.

The built environment must be adaptable and redundant. Fulton cited some examples of built things that have transformed or adapted over the decades: Fanueil Hall in […]

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Soft Infrastructure and the Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity of Cities and Regions

Most people are familiar with hard infrastructure- perhaps images of roads, bridges, buildings, and sewers immediately come to mind. Yet many may not be as familiar with the concept of soft infrastructure, which refers to human capital and the social and cultural resources that cultivate healthy communities. Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA, moderated a panel of presentations that looked at this idea of soft infrastructure and its relationship to resilient cities.  

First up was Sunaree Marshall […]

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Ray Quay: Anticipatory Governance, a Framework for Resilience Planning

The Sonoran Desert covers large parts of California and Arizona, and is the hottest desert in North America. Yet the desert area also hosts Phoenix, AZ, a metropolitan area of 4.3 million and one of America’s fastest-growing cities. Roughly two decades ago Phoenix decided to prioritize the preservation of desert land in the northern part of the city and sought to acquire 20,000 acres of Sonora Desert. The city faced a number of obstacles: a lack of funding to acquire land, pressure from the real estate industry to pursue […]

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Shaken, but not Stirred (to Action)?

Both of California’s major regions, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, sit on active earthquake faults. How resilient will they be when the next one hits? Together, three panelists offered insights on just how many systems and approaches come together to form earthquake preparedness — or lack thereof — in California. Consider the wide range of activities currently underway: buying and selling insurance, funding and constructing building reinforcements made of plywood and nails, political strategizing about water bonds, retrofitting large public infrastructure like highways, airports, […]

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Closing Comments from Director Brian Taylor

As is tradition, Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor closed the symposium with an impromptu synthesis of the past few days. He spoke about what he thought were some of the most compelling and provocative themes:

Yin and Yang

Taylor noted a pattern of yin and yang throughout the event. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. The world is complex, but keep it simple: people need things to be simple in order to take action. Without simplicity, the big data that offer the potential to help us understand complex systems can actually […]

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Transportation Brown Bag: Taner Osman @ 3333 Public Affairs Building
May 4 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Join UCLA Transportation Faculty, Students, Staff, and Alumni the first Monday of each month for a lunchtime transportation seminar…bring your lunch!
Speakers will share their transportation research and project work taking place in the school and beyond.

May 4: Taner Osman

Making The Most of High-Speed Rail in California: Lessons From France and Germany @ 2343 Public Affairs Building
May 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

High-speed rail (HSR) experts agree that California has large enough cities spaced at appropriate distances from one another to make HSR viable. But some are concerned that the state’s cities lack two ingredients that make HSR a successful form of intercity transportation in Europe and Asia:  (1) well-developed urban public transit networks to provide convenient local connections to the intercity train stations and; (2) dense activity centers within walking distance of future HSR station sites.  In this presentation, Eric Eidlin will begin by discuss strategies for addressing these challenges, drawing on German and French examples that he encountered on a recent research trip to those countries, a trip that was funded through the German Marshall Fund’s Urban and Regional Policy Program.  Michel Bonord, CEO of the Euralille redevelopment authority in Lille, France, will then speak in about the history of the Lille high-speed rail station and surrounding neighborhood.  Since the introduction of HSR in 1994, Lille now sits at a strategic crossroads in the northern European HSR network between Paris, London, and Brussels.  Lille is widely seen as one of the world’s most successful examples of HSR-oriented development.


Michel Bonord

Chief Executive Officer, SPL Euralille (Lille, France)

Michel Bonord is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SPL Euralille, a public company that works in collaboration with local communities and regional authorities to plan and redevelop Euralille, a district in central Lille that includes the city’s high-speed rail station.  In this capacity, Michel leads a team of 20 architects, urban planners, lawyers and economists.  Prior to joining SPL Euralille, Michel was Director of Cultural Heritage and Development for SIA, the primary affordable housing provider in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, where he was employed for 25 years.  He began his career working for a number of architecture firms in Lille and Brussels.

Michel studied architecture and urban design at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et du Paysage de Lille (National French School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture of Lille) and received his architecture diploma in 1978. His passion for architecture and historic preservation led him found a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the Church of Sainte Catherine, a 15th century landmark, an organization that he led as president.  He was also vice-president of the non-profit organization Renaissance du Lille Ancien (Renaissance of Old Lille) for twelve years, a non-profit whose mission is to preserve the cultural and architectural integrity of Lille’s historic center.

In 2013, Michel was awarded a medal from the French National Order of Merit for his contributions to architecture, urbanism, and historic preservation.

Eric Eidlin, AICP

Community Planner, Federal Transit Administration (San Francisco)

Urban and Regional Policy Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Eric Eidlin is Community Planner and Sustainability Lead with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Region 9 office in San Francisco.  At FTA, Eric provides assistance on planning and environmental issues to several transit agencies throughout California.   Eric is the primary point-of-contact in his office for a number of federal interagency initiatives, including the HUD/DOT/EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the White House’s Strong Cities Strong Communities Initiative (SC2).  In these capacities, he has been involved in station area planning efforts in cities located along the future California HSR route.  As an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., Eric traveled to France in Germany in 2013 and 2015 to study best practices in HSR station area planning and has presented his research nationally.

Prior to joining the FTA, Eric worked as an urban design consultant on transit-oriented development projects in the Bay Area and elsewhere in California.  Eric holds a master’s degree in urban design from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.  In 1999-2000, Eric studied urban sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar.

In 2014, Eric was named one of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 in the field of public transportation by Mass Transit Magazine.

Complete Streets, Competing Priorities: The 8th Annual UCLA Downtown L.A. Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment @ The California Endowment
May 14 all-day

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