Reflections of the Center for Urban & Regional Studies (CURS)’s Roundtable on Governance and Smart Cities

By Jo Kwon Last week, the Center for Urban & Regional Studies (CURS) at UNC hosted a roundtable on Governance and Smart Cities. This offered a perfect preview of the topics that will be addressed in Volume 48 of the Carolina Planning Journal, entitled Urban Analytics: Capabilities and Critiques. The roundtable included Prof. Päivi Korpisaari from the University of Helsinki, Prof. Anne Klinefelter from the … Continue reading Reflections of the Center for Urban & Regional Studies (CURS)’s Roundtable on Governance and Smart Cities

What are the Urbanists Listening to?

By Emma Vinella-Brusher Looking for some podcasts to listen to while walking to class, doing chores, or avoiding homework? Check out some of our favorite urbanist (or urbanist-adjacent) podcasts and featured episodes below. And if you’re looking for, even more, our September 2020 post includes a few more recommendations. 99% Invisible323- The House that Came in the Mail AgainDesign is everywhere in our lives, perhaps … Continue reading What are the Urbanists Listening to?

UNC’s Community Workshop Series (CWS)

By Rachael Brittain Managing our day to day lives is becoming increasingly difficult without the use of modern technology. However, approximately 32 million people in the United States do not have the skills to confidently navigate and utilize computers [1]. Computer skills are increasingly fundamental in K-12 schools, with much of a child’s educational experience built around technology and internet use. Adults who did not … Continue reading UNC’s Community Workshop Series (CWS)

Machine Learning and Planning Research: How Each Can Push the Other’s Frontiers

By Kshitiz Khanal Planning and social science research communities are increasingly adopting machine learning techniques in their research. Machine learning (ML) represents a broad range of techniques that uses insights gained from data for prediction and other tasks as opposed to hard-coded rules. Even quantitative planning and social science researchers are still catching up to the (mostly technological) developments in computer science and business applications. … Continue reading Machine Learning and Planning Research: How Each Can Push the Other’s Frontiers

Volume 48 Call for Papers

By Carolina Planning Journal URBAN ANALYTICS: CAPABILITIES AND CRITIQUES “In a world where we all will be living in some form of city by the end of this century, a new city science and a new urban analytics is of increasing relevance.” —Michael Batty “Will we be able to invent different modes of measuring that might open up the possibility of a different aesthetics, a … Continue reading Volume 48 Call for Papers

Chapel Hill: the Next Smart Town?

By Jo Kwon With the introduction of new technologies and the pandemic forcing many people to work from home, the media has increasingly used the term “smart cities.” There will be more smart cities worldwide in the coming years, from Toyota’s Woven City to Copenhagen Connecting. However, some have also been scrapped, like Google’s Sidewalk Toronto project, due to the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19.[i] … Continue reading Chapel Hill: the Next Smart Town?