The governance of public services has become increasingly important to sustained economic development and spatial management in Sub-Saharan cities. Therefore, administration of public services that facilitates a paradigmatic shift towards participatory local development that prescribes interaction between various institutional actors and stakeholders is key to management of these urban areas. This study examines opportunities for institutional expansion of governance, specifically, household solid waste collection in Accra. It solicits the perspective of end users in low and middle-income neighborhoods, District Assembly representatives, who are elected members of Ghana’s decentralized government structure, and chiefs, the highest tier of leadership within the indigenous political system. Through the collection of primary data, this research investigates the legitimacy of an informal institutional actor to suggest new institutional arrangements that could influence the delivery of household waste collection in middle and low-income neighborhoods of Accra.

Welheimer Mark Studio, conducted in 2012, was composed of nine urban planning graduate students at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The Emschergenossenschaft, a German river management organization, tasked these students with developing land use vision for the small residential community of Weilheimer Mark in the city of Bottrop, one of the eleven cities in the Ruhrgebiet (Ruhr region) of Germany. Welheimer Mark is an isolated, working class neighborhood in a shrinking region that developed around coal mining. The client, Emschergenossenschaft, was  in charge of the Emscher Redevelopment Project, a project that will clean and open access to the river for the region. As part of this project the Emschergenossenschaft is initiating development projects in the communities that line the river, one of which is Welheimer Mark.

This is a land use and air temperature analysis of Dengue fever outbreaks in Singapore.  Specifically, this study looks at the correlation between air temperature, land use (specifically green spaces), and Dengue fever outbreaks in Singapore.

 An analysis of the 2009 5-cent impact fee implemented throughout the District of Columbia.


BitCity Collective/ ClimHub

The Bit City Collective is Uncut Lab’s initiative focused on leveraging cloud computing solutions to solve complex problems in cities of the global South. Through this initiative, Uncut Lab collaborates with data scientists, citizens, universities, professional associations, and nonprofits in Sub-Saharan African, Southeast Asian, and Latin American countries. Our company works with multi-stakeholder groups to create technologies focused on climate change, public health, and urban development. Recently, Uncut Lab was awarded an incubator prize from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation to build the alpha prototype of a climate portal called ClimHub.  To learn more about the project, please visit:


Pittsfield Better Block, was an initiative that was part of the Tyler Street Transformative Initiative (TDI) revitalization effort. This planning and rapid prototyping process engaged  residents to learn more about the ongoing work in the Morningside neighborhood of downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  The Better Block process takes a grassroots approach to planning, allowing the community to have direct involvement with rapid build-out and construction of revitalization projects, according to MassDevelopment.

The project’s goals for participants and the community included:

  • Recognizing how placemaking and community design influence successful aging, health, economic vitality and overall livability;
  • Fostering healthier and more vibrant communities;
  • Sustainable transportation and land-use patterns;
  • Encouraging complete streets and placemaking; and
  • Enhancing perceptions and attitude toward community change

Project Type  –  Urban Planning Technology

Location  –  Tyler Street Transformative Development Initiative – Pittsfield, Massachusetts 

Date  –  September 2016 – July 30, 2019

The Pittsfield Courbanize platform was utilized as a community engagement tool as well as an archive of all the planning efforts that were undertaken during the 3 year TDI planning initiative.  The site served as a portal where investors, business owners, and residents could provide input on various development activities happening in the district, view planning documents, and access economic development incentives.

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