Dispatches

Making Science Actionable

The Urban Systems Lab talks about overlapping social vulnerabilities to climate change and COVID-19, and their efforts to gather and share the data that matters most in a complex and ever-shifting situation.

Up on the Roof

New York City has passed sweeping new laws to green the city’s roofs. What do they mean for residents, building owners, and birds?

The Big Picture

28 pounds, 450,000 words, 800 photographs, 200 maps. 50 years on, what can NYC’s only comprehensive plan teach us about envisioning a collective urban future?

Public Risks on Private Shores

Along New York City’s waterfront, development has spurred the creation of new public spaces regulated down to the level of tree plantings and bicycle parking. Why aren’t resilience measures mandated in a similar way?

To Stop Displacement, Disclose the Data!

For more than half a century, real estate data has played a crucial role in struggles against housing discrimination and dispossession. But what information is needed now in the face of changing forms of speculation?

Schoolhouse Shuffle

In co-located schools, sharing isn't just a lesson for the students. How do educators balance their institution’s needs with those of their neighbors?

Schools Apart, Together

When vastly different institutions are located in the same building, do students learn how to share, or how the city is profoundly unfair?

Co-Op City

Rather than extractive economic development, the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative cultivates a vision of home-grown wealth that stays in the borough.