With support from the William F. Milton Fund, the lab is engaged in a second season of fieldwork studying the rapid urbanization of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city. In this round of data collection, the team is examining how local residents view the rapid growth and physical transformation of the city, as gers (districts primarily made up of tented homes) are redeveloped into more urbanized and dense settlements. In the top image, team members Raven Anderson, Batjin Boldbat and Aldarsaikhan Tuvshinbat pause during a round of interviews with local residents. In the lower image, Aldarsaikhan and Batjin interview a local resident.
Prizes! Two lab members have received awards for their thesis research. Emma Lucken, a 2014 Harvard graduate, received the thesis prize for the university’s undergraduate concentration in Environmental Science and Public Policy. Her thesis compared approaches to bicycle infrastructure implementation in Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Boston. Raven Anderson, a 2014 graduate of Harvard’s Master in Urban Planning program, received the Graduate School of Design’s urban planning thesis prize. His research examined the organizational politics of urban management in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Congratulations Emma and Raven!
Photos from the Social Agency Lab’s current project on the management of urban growth in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Raven Anderson, a thesis student in the lab, and Aldarsaikhan Tuvshinbat, a fellow graduate student in urban planning, spent January conducting interviews with urban decision makers in the city. Together Raven and Aldarsaikhan (pictured lower left) are working to understand how different agencies are attempting to address the rapid growth of Ulaanbaatar, the coldest national capital on earth. The research project is supported by grants from the William F. Milton Fund, the American Planning Association and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. For more information, please click here.
The Social Agency Lab’s Michael Hooper presents on the relationship between public participation and urban informality at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). This presentation was part of a joint United Nations and TUM conference entitled “Metropolis Non-Formal: Anticipation”, which took place in November 2013. More information on the symposium can be found here.
Social Agency Lab projects for fall and spring 2013/14. More details on funded lab projects and graduate student research can be found here.