Category: Engineering

Geoprocessing

Geoprocessing

Geoprocessing

03/27/20

“How can we computationally process geographic data?”

 

Geographic data is one of the underpinnings of modern computational technology. From visualizing the effects of climate change to voter forecasting, everything seems to stem from these computational techniques. Well, these stem from an organized framework and set of tools that process geographic and related data known as Geoprocessing. Geoprocessing allows researchers to take in data and manipulate it to create new information, such as making a buffer zone around a river.

 

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Why California’s AB 3173 Would Increase Housing Resilience

Why California’s AB 3173 Would Increase Housing Resilience

Why California’s AB 3173 Would Increase Housing Resilience

03/26/20

“Why would California’s AB 3173 by California Assemblymember Buffy Wicks increase housing resilience?”

 

California’s cities have a great need to densify to stave off the worst of the housing and climate crisis. California Assemblymember Buffy Wicks’ bill AB 3173 would allow for the development of microunits (studios that share kitchens) in cities with greater than 400,000 people. This would allow for more density and affordable housing, increasing the safety of populations in the wake of natural disasters. This is Why California’s AB 3173 Would Increase Housing Resilience.

How California’s AB 3107 Would Build Resilience Capacity

How California’s AB 3107 Would Build Resilience Capacity

How California’s AB 3107 Would Build Resilience Capacity

03/25/20

“How would AB 3107 from California Assemblymember Wicks build resilience capacity?”

 

As of now, California state law prohibits housing units from being developed in commercial districts. However, this could all change with one bill. AB 3107 by California Assemblymember Buffy Wicks would allow for housing development to take place in commercial districts as long as 20% of the units are relegated to be affordable housing. This would increase the number of lower-income people in housed situations near job centers, severing them from the need for private transportation and therefore increase opportunities in the case of a disaster. This is How California’s AB 3107 Would Build Resilience Capacity.

Urban Planning and Climate Resilience

Urban Planning and Climate Resilience

Urban Planning and Climate Resilience

03/24/20

“How does urban planning interact with climate resilience?”

 

Planning and designing cities are the beating heart of urban planning. And with the advent of climate change, cities will have to reinvent themselves to withstand the new conditions. This is where Urban Planning and Climate Resilience will interact and is already taking shape in cities all over the world, from sea-level rise in New York to heat islands in New Delhi.

How California’s AB 3146 Will Allow for More Data and Transparency in Housing Production

How California’s AB 3146 Will Allow for More Data and Transparency in Housing Production

How California’s AB 3146 Will Allow for More Data and Transparency in Housing Production

03/23/20

“How will AB 3146 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta make housing in California more transparent?”

 

Many of California’s municipalities are not transparent about their housing data. This can be fixed through state-level mandates. California bill AB 3146 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta promises to provide key data on housing such as whether or not a state incentive has been used, and the number of new housing units that have been issued a completed entitlement, a building permit, or a certificate of occupancy in a town. This is How California’s AB 3146 Will Allow for More Data and Transparency in Housing Production.

How California’s SB 1410 Could Assist With the Development of Housing Resilience in California

How California’s SB 1410 Could Assist With the Development of Housing Resilience in California

How California’s SB 1410 Could Assist With the Development of Housing Resilience in California

03/22/20

“How could California State Senator Lena Gonzalez’s SB 1410 increase housing resilience?”

 

The dearth of affordable housing in California is causing a housing crisis, forcing marginalized communities to seek shelter in areas of the state more vulnerable to the effects of climate change as well as further away from job centers. One way to counter this would be to simply build more affordable housing. However, many municipalities in the state do not want to host these sites and try to block as much development as possible. But if California Senate Bill SB 1410 from State Senator Lena Gonzalez of Los Angeles becomes law, then projects that have been denied or given unreasonable requirements can be appealed to a newly created Housing Accountability Committee and get the initial rejection overturned. This is How California’s SB 1410 Could Assist With the Development of Housing Resilience in California.

How California’s SB 592 Would Allow For Greater Housing Shelter in California

How California’s SB 592 Would Allow For Greater Housing Shelter in California

How California’s SB 592 Would Allow For Greater Housing Shelter in California

03/22/20

“How would SB 592 by Senator Scott Wiener expand the amount of shelter in California?”

 

California is suffering under the strains of one the worst housing crises in its history, forcing many vulnerable individuals out onto the streets or unsafe housing. However, by increasing the amount of accessory-dwelling units (ADUs) in stock, more small square-footage low-cost housing can be put into the pipeline and allow for greater societal resilience. Senate bill SB 592 by Scott Wiener does exactly this by making ADUs protected by the Housing Accountability Act, which forces cities to approve housing that meets zoning guidelines. This is How California’s SB 592 Would Allow For Greater Housing Shelter in California.

 

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