Urbanization Archives - State of the Planet

The Automobile and New York City

The private automobile should be seen as a valuable piece of a complex, varied system of transit. It should not simply be shunned but electrified, accommodated and regulated.

by |August 12, 2019

Why You Should Shop at the Farmers Market

In honor of National Farmers Market Week, a staffer who used to work at the market tells us why farmers markets are valuable community resources.

by |August 9, 2019
Jacqueline Klopp in Nairobi

Jacqueline Klopp Helps Public Transit to Grow Sustainably

She’s finding new ways collect and share data in rapidly growing cities — and the results will help to build a healthier future for the entire planet.

by |May 16, 2019

‘Offsetted’ Art Exhibit Explores Humanity’s Relationship to Trees

A show on campus investigates how trees have been used as pawns in human schemes in and around New York City.

by |May 3, 2019

Tools of the Trade: Data Sets are Tools, Too

This installment takes you into the world of population modeling at CIESIN, where data rules supreme.

by |April 10, 2019

‘Hudson Rising’ Exhibit Features Living Breakwaters Project

Exploring the complex history of the river’s pollution and conservation, a show at the New-York Historical Society highlights the holistic solution proposed by Earth Institute faculty member Kate Orff.

by |April 2, 2019

5 Questions: Richard Plunz on Crowdsourcing Urban Design with Twitter

A project from the Urban Design Lab combines mapping techniques with Twitter-usage data to gain a real-time understanding of how people occupy public space.

by |March 19, 2019

A Snowman’s Toils Under the Sun

One morning, a tiny snowman appears, seated on a bench near the corner of 112th Street and Broadway in New York City. Let’s take a picture every time we go by. Maybe we will learn something.

by |March 12, 2019
Remotely-sensed image of a section of Central Park, New York City

High-Resolution Data Products Help Illuminate Urbanization’s Reach

High-resolution data on impervious surfaces and urban extents can shed new light on patterns of urban and rural development.

by |February 26, 2019

Beto O’Rourke Discusses Climate Change on Columbia Campus

At a Town Hall with students, the alum and former congressman stressed the importance of storytelling and bipartisan cooperation to develop climate solutions.

by |February 6, 2019