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Weekly Roundup 141 – 4th to 10th November


UDC Weekly roundupWorld Urbanism Day: A Selection of Texts About Cities and Urban Planning
By Eduardo Souza

November 8 was World Urbanism Day and we have a bonanza of articles to celebrate courtesy this compilation.

Read the articles here.

Published by Archdaily.


‘Are Big Cities Really Bad Places to Live? Improving Quality-of-Life Estimates across Cities
Published by University of Michigan

Abstract: The standard revealed-preference hedonic estimate of a city’s quality of life is proportional to that city’s cost-of-living relative to its wage-level. Adjusting the standard hedonic model to account for federal taxes, non-housing costs, and non-labor income produces quality-of-life estimates different from the existing literature. The adjusted model produces city rankings positively correlated with those in the popular literature, and predicts how housing costs rise with wage levels, controlling for amenities. Mild seasons, sunshine, and coastal location account for most quality-of-life differences; once these amenities are accounted for, quality of life does not depend on city size, contrary to previous findings.

You can download the entire report here.


Modernist Planning and the Foundations of Urban Violence in Latin America – Diane Davis
Created by Harvard GSD

In this lecture, Diane Davis argues that urban violence in today’s Latin American cities is among the unintended consequences of the efforts by city planners to implement modernist planning ideas. Davis is Professor of Urbanism and Development at Harvard GSD. Her lecture is the keynote of the GSD Urban Planning Open House


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