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New Paper: ‘An Evaluation Framework for the Use of Scenarios in Urban Planning’

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:38:56 +0000

Although I have been interested in scenario planning methodologies for several years, to date I have not published much scholarly work on the topic. As my first foray into the field, I recently completed a working paper for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy on how scenario planning should be evaluated. Here’s the abstract: Professionals […]

New Article: GIS in Urban and Regional Planning

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:17:12 +0000

The Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge has quickly become an essential reference for the GIS field. Compiled by the University Consortium of GIS, the academic GIS network, the original GIS&T Body of Knowledge was published as a book in 2006, and featured high-quality, peer-reviewed chapters on a wide range of GIS […]

New Article: ‘Lessons for developing a planning support system infrastructure: The case of Southern California’s Scenario Planning Model”

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:59:32 +0000

How can a region create a shared technical infrastructure for planning? In order to find out, together with a student research assistant Cassie Hackel, I conducted an exploratory study of an effort to build such a system in Southern California. Here is the abstract of the paper which resulted from our research project: Although planning […]

New Book Chapter: ‘Crowdsourcing street beauty: Visual preference surveys in the big data era’

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:53:29 +0000

I contributed a chapter to the newly-released book, Big Data for Regional Science (eds. Laurie A. Schintler, Zhenhua Chen), on new methods for conducting urban visual preferences research. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction: Aesthetic preferences for landscapes have been studied by researchers in many fields, given the importance of the issue to human well-being, […]

New Article: ‘Using Social Media to Identify Sources of Healthy Food in Urban Neighborhoods’

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:45:58 +0000

This paper resulted from an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Michigan focused on data sources and techniques for analyzing neighborhood effects on urban health. Here’s the abstract: An established body of research has used secondary data sources (such as proprietary business databases) to demonstrate the importance of the neighborhood food environment for multiple […]

Registration Open for Urban Informatics Unconference

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:43:55 +0000

Together with collaborators at the UM School of Information, I am helping organize another Urban Informatics Unconference this fall, to be held from noon-5pm on Friday, October 20th. Here’s some more information: Urban informatics is an interdisciplinary field of research and practice that uses information technology for the analysis, management, planning, design, inhabitation, and usability […]

New U-M Course in Urban Informatics

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:03:38 +0000

University of Michigan students can register now for a new Fall 2017 course I am offering, Introduction to Urban Informatics (URP 535). The course description is below, please contact me with any questions. URP 535: Introduction to Urban Informatics Fall 2017, Tues/Thurs 1-2:30 PM, Room 2210 Art & Arch. Building Prof. Robert Goodspeed (rgoodspe at […]

New Comment: ‘Community and Urban Places in a Digital World’

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:00:10 +0000

I took the opportunity to consider how technology is transforming the relationship between community and urban place in a recent contribution to the Symposium section of the journal City & Community. Here is the abstract: The sources of big data of most interest to urban social researchers arise from the adoption of digital information and communications technologies […]

New Commentary: ‘The Death and Life of Collaborative Planning Theory’

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:23:58 +0000

I recently published a commentary in the open access journal Urban Planning, which will appear in a forthcoming special issue on “Paradigm Shifts in Urban Planning.” The commentary’s title is a reference to Jane Jacobs’s famous book, and while several articles have used a similar formulation, I realized only after the article went to press that […]

Book Review: The Well-Tempered City

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:53:52 +0000

The complexity of cities have posed a challenge to all who choose to write about them in a comprehensive way. On the one hand, this can result in lengthy books which draw their authors across a vast intellectual terrain. Patrick Geddes’s Cities in Evolution exceeds 400 pages, and the paperback edition of Lewis Mumford’s magnum opus The City […]