Projects

ucla grand challenges assessment

UCLA Grand Challenges Assessment

 2014 was first year for a ART Grand Challenge Team. The team’s primary goals for the year are to figure out how research being done by professors at UCLA can be applied to achieving the “Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles” (THLA) Grand Challenge, and how opportunities can be created for students to become involved...

an urban ecosystem health indicator framework for los angeles county

An Urban Ecosystem Health Indicator Framework for Los Angeles County

While highly modified, urban areas in Los Angeles County are part of a broad network of ecosystems.  In addition to impacting natural ecosystems, urban areas also act as ecosystems, maintaining many modified, yet interconnected, ecological processes.  For example: The urban heat island effect results when built areas interact with natural physiography and climate to raise urban...

greening without gentrification: parks-related anti-displacement strategies

Greening without Gentrification: Parks-Related Anti-Displacement Strategies

When large parks are built in historically marginalized urban areas, they can contribute to “green gentrification,” a process involving increases in housing prices and the influx of new, wealthier and often white residents in low-income communities of color. Research shows that the threat of green gentrification is real in many cities, and it can lead...