On The Atlantic Cities blog, Richard Florida lays out 11 reasons for putting cities at the center of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. For example:
On The Atlantic Cities blog, Richard Florida lays out 11 reasons for putting cities at the center of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. For example:
On April 1st, Marron Institute Director Paul Romer delivered a University Professorship Lecture entitled “Approaching the City through Pasteur's Quadrant." The lecture addressed why academics should study cities and how they can successfully do so.
To read a more thorough write-up, go here.
A recent Next City article detailing the policies of Narendra Modi, the man expected to be the next Prime Minister of India, quotes Marron Institute Director Paul Romer on the subject of Indian Congress' urbanization policy. "I think their basic strategy," says Romer, "has been to try to impede the movement from rural areas to urban areas.”
A recent Washington Post blog entry highlights the exciting new project by the NYU Stern Urbanization Project, which uses animations to illustrate the expansion of 30 global cities over the last 200 years. The project, created using information from The Atlas of Urban Expansion, shows the extremely rapid expansion in global cities in the 19th and 20th centuries.
An April 14th article posted to the New York Times Bits Blog describes the Hudson Yards development project, the largest in New York since Rockefeller Center. The developers, Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group, are teaming up with New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress to create a “quantified community” that will include office towers, apartments, shops, a luxury hotel, a public school and acres of public space.
The Urban Expansion initiative is working with four rapidly growing municipalities in Ethiopia: Mekelle, Hawassa, Adama, and Bahir Dar. Each of these cities are taking actions today to ensure that they have sufficient public space in the future. The work includes projecting the area of urban expansion and acquiring the rights of way for arterial roads and parklands in the expansion area.
To learn more about the Urban Expansion initiative in Ethiopia, watch a short video clip here.
In a recent lecture for UN-Habitat, NYU Stern Urbanization Project's Solly Angel makes the case that governments in rapidly urbanizing countries must make room for urban expansion to ensure housing affordability and public service access for all.
To watch the video and learn more about the need to make room for urban expansion, go here.
The NYU Stern Urbanization Project is working on a stunning new series of animations, showcasing the expansion of 30 global cities over the last 200 years. The animations, created using information from The Atlas of Urban Expansion, clearly show the extremely rapid expansion in global cities in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Huffington Post recently interviewed Marron Institute Deputy Director Brandon Fuller about the NYU Stern Urbanization Project's new series of urban expansion animations.
Fuller describes the animations as a "plea for some long-term planning." By illustrating just how quickly cities evolve, the animations can increase public awareness and influence policymakers.
The NYU Stern Urbanization Project will be part of the World Urban Forum in Medellín, April 5 - 11. Feel free to stop by their booth and learn more about the work of their Urban Expansion initiative from Alejandra Rangel-Smith, Patrick Lamson-Hall, and Nicolás Galarza. They will be joined by Jaime Vasconez, the lead of the Urban Expansion initiative in Latin America, as well as several of their partners from Ethiopia, Colombia, and India.
A recent post in the Atlantic Cities highlights three animations created by the NYU Stern Urbanization Project that depict the growth of three major cities over the course of 200 years. These animations show Sao Paolo, Paris and Los Angeles evolving from smaller, densely populated areas into the sprawling cities we now know them to be.
In the latest Marron Institute working paper, "Global Perspectives on Housing Markets and Policy," Stephen Malpezzi highlights the policy issues that cities will need to address in order to develop equitable and efficient housing markets. Wide-ranging and accessible, Malpezzi’s overview will be useful for anyone interested in urban land use and housing policies. Below are a few excerpts.
On Public Housing:
NYU’s Marron Institute is working with Detroit’s Office of the Emergency Manager, evaluating options for the city to improve fiscal stability and enhance public-service efficiency in the post-bankruptcy environment.
Watch as Richard Florida, Paul Romer, and Robert Sampson discuss the Challenge of the City. Topics covered include Sampson's work on the role of neighborhood effects in the concentration of advantage and disadvantage in the same city. The discussants also cover the role that the reduction in violent crime plays in urban transformation.
The Marron Institute is working with Mexico City on the issue of housing affordability. The Marron team, led by Alain Bertaud and Alejandra Rangel-Smith, is developing a tool to estimate the economic impacts of about 50 zoning parameters on the city’s housing production and costs. Supporting the effort is a group of MBA students participating in the NYU Stern Signature
A new report issued on March 4 by the NYU Furman Center analyzes the untapped potential of NYC’s transferable development rights program, a critical tool for high-density housing development in New York City.
To read more and download the report, go here.
Why does Citi Bike work? New York’s densely populated center already encourages residents, workers, and tourists to walk or take transit to get around the city. New York City, famed for its density and walkability, lends itself well to a tightly knit web of bike share stations. There are almost 20 stations per square mile within its service area, and almost 3/4 of its stations are within walking distance of a subway entrance.
To read more and download the report go here.
Alain Bertaud offers up working paper number two in the Marron Institute's series. In it he discusses the operational implications for urban planning when one considers the city through the lens of the labor market. Viewed this way, the primary objectives of urban planning involve improving mobility and affordability. Here's the abstract:
In his February 20th post in The Atlantic Cities entitled "The Developing World's Urban Population Could Triple by 2210," Richard Florida discusses the Marron Institute's first working paper. "Urbanization as Opportunity" by Marron Institute Director Paul Romer and Deputy Director Brandon Fuller describes the dramatic urban growth that will occur in developing countries over the next 100 years.
To read Florida's post, go here.
NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The social enterprise communities of NYU's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, School of Law, and Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service are pleased to announce the 4th Annual NYU Social Innovation Symposium (SIS). This year's SIS theme, Beyond Skylines: New Ideas for Urban Ecosystems, will frame a conversation on social innovations that aim to make urban communities around the world smarter and stronger.
As part of a large-scale plan to increase affordable housing throughout New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio named NYU Furman Center's Vicki L. Been the commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The department enforces city codes and oversees programs to finance and develop affordable housing.
To read more, see the New York Times.
A recent article in The Economist, which documents the increased outsourcing of government services from one country to another, sites the work of the Marron Institute Director Paul Romer and Deputy Director Brandon Fuller.
To read the article in full, go here.
A recent Slate article, detailing Michigan Governer Rick Snyder's plan to bring immigrants to Detroit, sites Marron Institute Deputy Director Brandon Fuller. Instead of asking for a share of existing EB-2 Visas as Snyder intends, Fuller suggests that the federal government should make more EB-2 Visas available specifically for Detroit's purposes.
To read the article in full, click here.
NYU Rudin Center affiliate Tom Vanderbilt recently published an article in The New York Times that criticizes the inefficient policy of ticketing jaywalkers.
To read Vanderbilt's thoughts on the subject, go here.
In a recent Next City article, NYU Stern Urbanization Project Research Scholar Alain Bertaud discussed the effects of Floor Space Index (FSI) on the overcrowding in Mumbai public transportation.
In a recent article about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's urban policies, the Guardian quoted Marron Institute Director Paul Romer about the core principles that drove Bloomberg's successes. Noting that the Bloomberg administration let data dictate their decision-making, Romer said, "It doesn't require fancy algorithms or big data infrastructure. It does take a change in attitude."
To read the full article, go here.
In October of 2013, Director of the NYU Stern Urbanization Project Paul Romer and former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton sat down to discuss policing. They focused on the management lessons from Bratton's storied career leading four of America's largest police forces, including the New York City Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.
City Journal recently published a dialogue based on their conversation. Read it here.
NYU’s Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP) today announced the appointment of Michael Flowers, who served as New York City’s first Chief Analytics Officer, as its inaugural Urban Science Fellow.
On Thursday December 9, 2013, Dr. Joan Clos joined Solly Angel for a Conversations on Urbanization series here at NYU Stern. In his role as Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Clos is committed to working with governments in the developing world to address the challenges and opportunities presented by rapid urbanization. Among the topics that Angel and Clos addressed was the need to plan for urban expansion decades in advance.
Richard Florida, Global Research Professor at NYU, recently sat down with Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures for a Conversation on Urbanization. They discussed the emergence of the tech industry and technology startups in New York City, drawing on Fred's experience with firms like foursquare and Etsy. Florida and Wilson agreed that, in explaining the emergence of the tech sector in New York City, one cannot underestimate the turnaround of the city itself.
Students at NYU Law will have the opportunity to assist in the revival of Detroit through a project sponsored by NYU’s Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment. The Office of the Emergency Manager for Detroit has engaged the Marron Institute to make recommendations and present options for changes in municipal organization to promote fiscal stability and more efficient service delivery for the residents of Detroit after the city emerges from bankruptcy.
If you thought the recession and the downturn in the city's real estate biz brought any relief to renters, you'd be dead wrong. In fact, not only is the rent still too damn high, it's eating into a bigger share of New Yorkers' incomes, according to the State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods 2012, a study released on Monday by NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. The city is more unaffordable than ever, with nearly one-third of New Yorkers considered severely rent burdened in 2011, meaning that 50% or more of their income was spent on rent and utilities, the study found.
The Detroit bankruptcy has been described as a tragedy, but is it a unique case? What can be done to prevent similar fates for other cities across the nation? Jeffrey Brown turns to Kathryn Wylde of the Partnership for New York City, Richard Florida of the University of Toronto and Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution. View transcript and video here.
New York University has received a $2 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to expand its humanities faculty whose scholarship and teaching will focus on the past, present, and future of cities. The grant, part of the Foundation’s “Architecture and Urbanism in the Humanities” program, will help fund three new NYU faculty who will be tenured in one or more NYU humanities departments. “The challenges of the urban present and future cannot be solved through technology, data analytics, and modeling alone,” said Joy Connolly, NYU’s Dean for Humanities. “We need to understand the historical, cultural, aesthetic, and moral complexities of the urban landscape, working within the core disciplines and concerns of the humanities.”
A pair of recent studies take a hard look at achievement gaps between black and Latino students and their higher-performing white peers in New York City and states across the nation. Of the class of 2010 in the United States, 52 percent of black males and 60 percent of Latino males graduated from high school on time. In comparison, 78 percent of white, non-Latino males graduated within four years. New York City's efforts to improve the low graduation rates of its black and Latino male students have seen success, says a report released last month by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, "Moving the Needle: Exploring Key Levers to Boost College Readiness Among Black and Latino Males in NYC." In spite of these gains, though, the report argues that the academic opportunities for these groups remain in peril. In New York City's 2010 graduating class, just 9 percent of black males and 11 percent of Latino males were deemed "college ready."
Near the beginning of his three terms in office, Mayor Bloomberg made two promises: He'd pump billions into affordable housing. And he'd do everything he could to make the city more desirable. He kept both promises. "We will continue to transform New York physically, giving it room to grow for the next century to make it even more attractive to the world's most talented people," he said in his 2003 state of the city address. What followed: a building boom that dramatically changed the city's landscape - from waterfront parks to modern skyscrapers to big box shopping malls. And soaring housing prices for everyone from the mega-rich willing to drop $15 million for a pied a terre, to the working poor living in what were once considered marginal neighborhoods. "It does seem that people continue to want to live in New York and that may be a measure of success on the one hand," said Ingrid Gould-Ellen, co-director of NYU's the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. "But it's a double-edged sword, because the more people that want to live here, the more expensive it becomes."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office less than four months after the city's tallest two buildings collapsed in the Sept. 11 attacks. He will leave, in December, as construction of the tallest tower on the continent - 1 World Trade Center - nears completion at the same location. In between, more than 214,000 housing units have been built, and seven of the 20 tallest skyscrapers in the city went up. In short, building boomed during the Bloomberg years, both in terms of sheer numbers and in terms of height. And that is not counting what is yet to come after the mayor leaves office: the millions of square feet of office towers on Manhattan's far West Side, more high rises along the Greenpoint-Williamsburg waterfront, and the other development in areas throughout the city that can now be built due to the mayor's zoning actions. As part of our series, New York Remade: The Bloomberg Years, WNYC is taking a look at the outsized mark Mayor Michael Bloomberg has had on our physical landscape and the increasingly vertical city in which we all live.
President Barack Obama has announced his intention to nominate Katherine O’Regan, Associate Professor of Public Policy at NYU Wagner, as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research (PD&R) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Thursday that it would hold a competition to attract talent and projects to help strengthen communities battered by Hurricane Sandy. The competition, Rebuild by Design, is part of the nearly $51 billion Sandy aid package approved by Congress in January after a long and contentious battle. Officials said the competition should help guide government agencies at all levels as they develop plans to spend the federal money. They said they wanted localities to coordinate recovery efforts better and use some of the winning ideas from the competition. “We want the brightest minds developing real solutions to the very serious challenges we face,” the federal housing secretary, Shaun Donovan, said during a panel discussion at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. “We want proposals that will have an impact on the ground for people.”
We know that urbanizing slowly can deliver important benefits, as it did in Europe and North America. We know that urbanizing rapidly can deliver the same benefits, as it did in S. Korea. So what happened in Brazil, which of course did have slums and urban unemployment? Should its experience worry China? Or the US?
It's summer and the mayoral candidates have gotten into a bit of a rut. The Center for an Urban Future and NYU's Wagner School of Public Service want to mix up the debate, and they looked outside New York to do it. In a new report, they highlight 15 innovations that are changing the way government is working.
June 14, 2013 – In an attempt to provide the New York City mayoral candidates with a pool of innovative and scalable policy ideas, the Center for an Urban Future and the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU Wagner) today jointly released a new Citi-funded report that details 15 policies from other cities that have clear potential for replication and implementation in New York.
NYU sociologist, author of Going Solo and Heat Wave, is joined by two graduate students to discuss their research into NYC's response to climate change and Hurricane Sandy. , a doctoral student in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, talks about her research in coastal Staten Island, where residents are trying to figure out if the government will buy them out of their homes, and at what price.
Faced with the incomprehensible scale of worldwide mega-urbanization, observers have alternately fallen back on sheer numbers or city comparisons to drive home the speed at which cities in the developing world are growing. For example, New York University’s Shlomo “Solly” Angel projects the world’s urban population will double in 40 years, while urban land cover--including everything from skyscrapers to slums--will triple in size during that span. Grasping to put such numbers into context, the McKinsey Global Institute estimates China will build the equivalent of New York every other year for 20 years, while India needs to add the equivalent of a Chicago to its building stock annually.
Three New York universities are launching new tech-based programs designed to study, analyze and find solutions to real-world problems. . . . Meanwhile, NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress won’t be up to full capacity for several years, but the new applied science and engineering institute is already planning to start tackling the field of "urban informatics." CUSP leaders say it’s the key to making cities thrive: The goal is use "Big Data" to improve transportation, health care, air quality, and perhaps even deal with incessant jack hammering.
Planet of Cities sets an ambitious agenda—nothing less than formulating evidence-based rules for managing the worldwide growth of cities during the 21st century. These rules attack the central ideal of the urban planner’s conventional wisdom—the Containment or Compact City Paradigm, showing it to be unworkable and unrealistic.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has unveiled an unprecedented new network aimed at helping cities. The Strong Cities, Strong Communities National Resource Network — or SC2 Network, for short — will provide communities with targeted technical assistance to help support locally identified priorities for economic growth and job creation. On Thursday, HUD announced that a number of big-name institutions, including New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, will lead it.
HUD has selected a consortium that includes Enterprise Community Partners, Public Financial Management (PFM), HR&A Advisors, Inc., NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and the International City/County Management Association, Inc., to run and operate the Strong Cities, Strong Communities National Resource Network (SC2 Network). The SC2 Network, funded with HUD technical assistance resources, will provide communities with targeted technical assistance to help support locally identified priorities for economic growth and job creation.
New York University has two new fronts: the Center for Data Science as well as the Center for Urban Science and Progress, both introducing master’s programs in the fall. With $15 million in city aid, CUSP will apply Big Data to practical urban issues like how to make skyscrapers more energy efficient or the subways more reliable. Until 2017, when a 150,000-square-foot campus and start-up incubator are carved out of the old transit headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn, students will study at the nearby Polytechnic Institute of N.Y.U. Microsoft and Lutron Electronics will also collaborate with the Brooklyn center on research.
Camus said that the ultimate question of philosophy is: Why not kill yourself? For urban studies, that question might be: Why start yet another urban studies institute? This is certainly top of mind as New York University trumpeted a $40 million gift from Donald Marron to form and endow the Marron Institute on Cities in the Urban Environment.
Brooklyn's bid to become the next Silicon Valley took another step forward with the opening of a gleaming new tech center on Thursday. New York University's new Center for Urban Science & Progress unveiled its new Downtown Brooklyn office that includes 26,000 square feet of office space, work stations for visiting faculty, and two huge "visualization labs."
The Marron Institute is excited to join the New Cities Foundation as its newest academic member. Created in 2010, the New Cities Foundation is a non-profit institution whose mission is to create more dynamic, sustainable, just and creative cities around the world. Through this new relationship, the Marron Institute hopes to connect NYU’s diverse community of urban scholars, students and research centers to the New Cities Foundation’s international partners, and to advance the Marron Institute’s goal of applying NYU research to the challenges facing cities around the world.
The world is seeing the greatest movement of people to cities in history, creating both immense challenges and opportunities. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. By 2050 seven out of ten of us will. It’s the age of city building. How we build — and rebuild our cities — will define our global future. And it means we must embrace new technologies, new business partnerships, new ideas and innovative systems to design our future economy, our lives and our environment.
When Richard L. Revesz, dean of New York University Law School, steps down this May after more than a decade at his post, he'll move into a role that allows him to pursue a longtime passion of his: the environment. A professor of law, Mr. Revesz, 54, will lead NYU's recently created Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment. For the first time in history, more than half the world's population is living in cities. The institute's work will focus on those urban centers, what makes them tick, and what might make them tick better.
On March 7, 2013, Former Toronto Mayor and current NYU-Poly Future of Cities Global Fellow David Miller spoke with Urbanization Project Director and NYU Stern Professor Paul Romer.
Marron Institute Director Richard Revesz, Chairman of the Marron Institute Advisory Board Donald B. Marron, and NYU Faculty Paul Romer and Mitchell Moss discuss the future of cities and the importance of the Marron Institute in advancing new interdisciplinary urban research.
The notion of a “science of cities” seems contradictory. Science is a realm of grand theory and precise measurement, while cities are messy agglomerations of people and human foible. But science is precisely the ambition of New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress. Founded last year, the center has been getting under way in recent weeks, moving into new office space and firing off its first project proposal to the National Science Foundation.
Donald Marron gazed out the plane's window as he and his family flew into Marrakech last month. He saw a flat, desert-like land, with small patches of green sprouting around the fast-developing Moroccan city, and could only think of one thing. "What you hope is that they have built the infrastructure to deal with that big influx of people," he said. Those kinds of challenges, facing cities world-wide, seemed to consume Mr. Marron's thoughts these past few months, as he and top administrators at New York University planned the opening of the Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment, which will be announced Wednesday.
NYU today announced the launch of the Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment, an ambitious new initiative made possible by a generous gift of $40 million by Donald B. Marron, an entrepreneur, successful businessman, and philanthropist who was previously chairman of Paine Webber and is the Founder and current Chairman of Lightyear Capital. The Marron Institute will be the hub for work on cities and the urban environment at NYU.
With the announcement today of the new Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment, NYU has taken the first step toward doing for the city what Harvard did for the business and what MIT did for the chemical plant — turning it into a new unit of academic analysis.
New York University received a $40 million gift from Lightyear Capital LLC ChairmanDonald Marron and will use the funds to create an institute to study cities and urban areas. The Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment will help cities become more sustainable and livable, the Manhattan-based university said today in a statement.
On March 1, 2013, NYU's Institute on Public Knowledge will host The Great American City and the Future of Urban Studies. Though published only a few months ago, it’s already clear that Robert J. Sampson’s Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect will rank among the most important works of urban studies in a generation.
The NYU Abu Dhabi Institute recently hosted Jaime Lerner, Former Mayor of Curitiba; former Governor of Parana State, Brazil, as part of its series on New Approaches to City Planning and Slum Upgrading.
"Over the course of the next several decades we are going to put more people in cities than currently live in all the cities of the world. We are currently putting ten thousand people an hour into urban areas and we are going to put millions more people into cities over the next 20 to 30 years. Think about that."
Growth, unemployment, industrial production—data for comparing countries is in rich supply. But if economists want to analyse and contrast cities, they have less to go on: most information is not standardised and is thus hard to compare. This is a problem, given the world’s rapid urbanisation and cities’ ever growing economic weight: the UN expects the urban population to double between 2010 and 2050, from 2.6 billion to 5.2 billion. A new book goes some way toward remedying this deficit: “Planet of Cities”, by Shlomo Angel*, a professor of urban planning at New York University. To make “a modest contribution toward a science of the city”, Mr Angel and his colleagues generated a lot of comparable data on things such as urban expansion, population density and open space.
Professor Paul Romer recently spoke at the NYU Stern’s India Business Forum in Mumbai. In this video of his speech, he discusses urbanization in India and the unique opportunity it presents for changes in factor policy. He also addresses the potential for charter cities in India as well as the potential gains from making room for urban expansion.
ABSTRACT: For the past decade and a half, governments around the world have been investing in elaborate plans to “climate-proof” their cities—protecting people, businesses, and critical infrastructure against weather-related calamities. Much of this work involves upgrading what engineers call “lifeline systems”: the network infrastructure for power, transit, and communications, which are crucial in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
A couple of months ago I was appointed executive-in-residence at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), an interdisciplinary applied science research institute led by NYU and NYU-Poly in partnership with academic institutions, global companies and New York City government agencies. CUSP’s overriding mission is the study of “the grand technical, intellectual, engineering, academic, and human challenges posed by a rapidly urbanizing world.” It was formally launched last April by New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Paul Romer imagines a kind of private micro-state, a “charter city” built on unused land, donated from a country that wants to stimulate economic growth. It needn’t be a place mired in poverty and corruption and unable to find its way out, such as Honduras, where the charter city idea has recently found support — and competition. A professor of economics at New York University, Prof. Romer thinks the concept could be adopted in advanced countries, too, such as Canada. He imagines a tax-free, special reform zone that would attract millions of opportunity-seekers from the developing world.