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Human Cities Expo 2019

December 4, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm Studio 1


Please join us for the annual Human Cities Expo, a day-long celebration bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on advancing a human-centered approach to cities. The Fall 2019 Expo will feature interactive exhibits, student presentations, and a keynote talk from Julie Sze on her upcoming book, Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger.

Exhibition Hall open from 10am-5pmGuided Exhibition Tours from 4:30-5pm

Main Stage Presentations

10:30-12:30pm: Sustainable Cities Seminar 

Sustainable Cities is a community-based learning course where students collaborate with Bay Area NGOs and government agencies to support local sustainability efforts. Please join us as the Fall 2019 class presents their work in collaboration with their community partners.

  • City of Milpitas Central Manufacturing Area South Innovation District/Lab — Partner: City of Milpitas
  • Community Voices - an Interactive Exhibit — Partner: The Tech Interactive
  • (Dis)location/Black Exodus — Partner: Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
  • East Palo Climate Change Community Survey Analysis — Partner: Acterra
  • Equitable Access to Caltrain Mapping Analysis — Partners: Friends of Caltrain & Seamless Bay Area

1-2:30pm: Sustainable Urbanization in an International Comparative Perspective (Tsinghua University)

Sustainable Urbanization in an International Comparative Perspective is a course taught by Nan Li in the Department of Construction Management at Tsinghua University. Over the 13-week fall semester, students work closely with community partners in Beijing, including government agencies and NGOs, to address sustainability and resilience challenges in three local communities.

  • Urban Regeneration through Community Engagement - Partner: Xinjiekou Subdistrict of Beijing
  • Community Seismic Resilience Assessment - Partner: Beijing Earthquake Agency
  • Design of Community Landscape Furniture - Partner: China Center for Urban Development

2:30-4pm: Julie Sze, University of California, Davis

Professor Julie Sze will be giving a keynote talk based on her upcoming book, Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger.

We are living in a precarious environmental and political moment. In the United States and in the world, environmental injustices have manifested across racial and class divides in devastatingly disproportionate ways. What does this moment of danger mean for the environment and for justice? What can we learn from environmental justice struggles?

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger examines mobilizations and movements, from protests at Standing Rock to activism in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Environmental justice movements fight, survive, love, and create in the face of violence that challenges the conditions of life itself. Exploring dispossession, deregulation, privatization, and inequality, this book is the essential primer on environmental justice, packed with cautiously hopeful stories for the future.

Julie Sze is Professor of American Studies at UC Davis. She is also the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment.

4-4:30pm: Academy of Art and Design Interaction Design Course Projects (Tsinghua University)

  • Envision Future
  • Plastic Reduction

4:30pm-5pm: Guided Exhibition Tours

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Lab Meetings

The Designing Education Lab meets weekly for project updates and lab member presentations.  Click here for the presentation schedule and more information on how to participate.  To join a lab or project meeting, please contact DEL PI, Professor Sheppard.