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  • Asha Weinstein Agrawal
    ... From: Planning Jobs | Department of City and Regional Planning at Berkeley Date: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 9:55 PM Subject:
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      Date: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 9:55 PM
      Subject: Planning Jobs - Department of City and Regional Planning at Berkeley

      Research Assistant, Cities and People Project

      Posted: 09 Aug 2011 05:00 PM PDT

      The Research Assistant will do research on the interaction of people
      with the urban built environment, to help lower carbon emissions by
      creating walkable cities. This work will be done in collaboration with
      a major global company engaged with building the urban environment, so
      will be a rich combination of the theoretical and the practical.
      Research questions may include: • How do people in cities
      (residents, workers and visitors) use the spaces, products and
      amenities? How does this use change when the spaces, products, and
      amenities are altered to reduce carbon emissions? • How do the
      location and type of buildings, urban design and transit
      infrastructure contribute to goals for human wellbeing such as meeting
      daily and weekly needs, and promoting opportunities for socializing?
      • What mixture of office, retail, residential uses within cities, at
      what density, and over how much area, promotes these goals? • What
      are the respective roles of retrofit and new construction? Do people
      interact with retrofit vs. new construction differently, and if so,
      how? • How do buildings, urban design and infrastructure interact to
      promote human wellbeing while reducing the overall carbon footprint?
      Answering these questions will lay the foundation for the development
      of leading edge models for elements such as the siting, design,
      amenities, size, etc. of buildings and surrounding areas that fit with
      larger urban planning goals to increase environmental and social
      sustainability. This will initially involve a survey of existing
      research into this area. From there, researchers will create a
      framework for examining key ways in which people interact with the
      built environment (housing, plazas, retail, entertainment,
      transportation, etc.) and explore how their interactions promote or
      detract from the creation of low-carbon cities. This will be done with
      reviews of relevant printed and online information and interviews of
      experts to construct a baseline of best practices, followed by an
      examination of how these could be applied to actual urban projects,
      either completed or underway. The Institute is a nonprofit
      organization, which works closely with several academic departments at
      UC Berkeley, but is not a part of the University. Work space for the
      Research Assistant will be available in our offices at the David
      Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. More information about the
      evolving work of the Institute can be found at

      Firm Name: Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship
      Location: The David Brower Center 2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704
      Payment: Paid
      Contact: Carolina Miranda Email: info@... Phone:
      Posted: Aug 9, 2011
      Category: Urban Design Start Date: 2011-09-15
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