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UHI Exhibits Tokyo 2020 Ghost Guides at RUMBLE

UHI students exhibited their Tokyo 2020 Ghost Guides at RUMBLE–the UCLA Architecture Department’s annual end-of-year exposition that engages students, faculty, and

UHI Publishes Ghost Guides to Tokyo 2020

In the past century, no city has more effectively deployed the Olympic Games to assert its modernity than Tokyo. From

Students Present Spring Studio Final Projects

This year’s graduate cohort presented the culmination of their work investigating the notion of the ‘hospitable commons’ in Los Angeles

UHI Holds Final Faculty Workshop

“Engaging the Urban Turn,” a monthly research workshop organized by the Urban Humanities Initiative at UCLA held its final meeting

Waseda Students Visit L.A.

Our Tokyo hosts – ten students and faculty from Waseda University – visited Los Angeles for a week, uncovering the

T. Presner Helps L.A. Celebrate Jewish Heritage Month

UHI core faculty member Professor Todd Presner, along with Ross Post-Doctoral Fellow Caroline Luce, helped the L.A. City Council celebrate

UHI Associate Director in Urban History

UHI associate director Benjamin Leclair-Paquet’s article on the mid-century project called the ‘Baltimore Plan’ was published last week in Urban

Workshop at Echo Park Film Center

On Sunday, April 30th, the UHI Graduate cohort visited the Echo Park Film Center for an afternoon workshop on Super

Application for Graduate Certificate Now Open!

    CALLING ALL UCLA GRADUATE STUDENTS! APPLY TO THE 2017-18 URBAN HUMANITIES INITIATIVE!   The Urban Humanities offers an

UHI Students Present Final Tokyo Projects

For six days in March, the Urban Humanities Initiative headed to Tokyo in search of Olympic ghosts and monsters. Of

LA Tech City Info Session

We held an LA Tech Summer Institute info session with Professor Dana Cuff, and broadcast it live on Facebook here.

Princeton-Mellon Initiative Call for Fellows

Our friends over at the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities have issued a call for fellows for the

LA Tech City Summer Institute

The design and transformation of Los Angeles is driven by three distinct technologies: the car, film, and the internet. LA Tech City investigates how these

Students Present Projects in Tokyo

The Urban Humanities Initiative collaborated with Waseda University in Tokyo to investigate and propose urban projects on the ghosts of

UHI Heads to Tokyo!

UHI students and faculty take off for ten days of intensive field work in Tokyo.  Building off their investigations of urban and

UHI students perform at Ghost Stories Night

The Urban Humanities Initiative and the Yanai Initiative held an evening of ghostly stories, performances and readings featuring Furukawa Hideo, Suga

Tokyo Heterotopia to Little Tokyo Ghost Stories

UHI students participated in a weekend workshop–Little Tokyo Ghost Stories–led by visiting scholar, Keijiro Suga. Students explored the history and contemporary conditions

UHI Assoc Dir in Harvard Design Magazine

UHI associate director Benjamin Leclair-Paquet’s article on the design politics of rainwater harvesting in Singapore is featured in the latest issue of

La Caja Mágica lives on!

UHI students from the 2015-16 cohort and community partner, Libros Schmibros, an independent lending library, organized the first “Hora Mágica” on May

Urban Humanities in the Borderlands

 – The Urban Humanities Initiative would like to celebrate the publication of Urban Humanities in the Borderlands: Engaged Scholarship from Mexico

Mapping Disciplinary and Geographic Interests

  “Engaging the Urban Turn,” a monthly research workshop organised by the Urban Humanities Initiative at UCLA held its first

Boyle Heights en Movimiento, Grand Park

  Former UHI students, Peter Chesney,  Lucy Seena K. Lin, and Chantiri Duran Resendiz, continue their Boyle Heights en Movimiento collaboration with Multicultural

Continued Research at El Jardín de la Santísima

  In the Spring of 2016, a team of students from the Urban Humanities worked with LIGA to study the

Field Notes from the In-between

  New Logics from Taipei to SGV   Supported by a summer research grant, UHI graduate Lucy Seena K Lin

UHI Fall Seminar Begins

  The 2016-2017 Urban Humanities fall quarter seminar “Guides to Tokyo” has started, beginning an exciting year of study on

Students present films on Sawtelle

  UHI Summer Institute students worked in multi-disciplinary teams to produce short films  in Sawtelle. The area of Sawtelle, also

Professors D. Cuff and M. Zubiaurre visit Japan

  Core UHI Faculty Dana Cuff, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, and Maite Zubiaurre, Professor of Spanish & Portuguese,

N. Goldberg visits UHI Summer Institute

  Professor and video artist, Neil Goldberg, led students in a two-day workshop on sense-based film making in the city.

Summer Institute 2016 Begins

  Twenty-five graduate and PhD students have begun this year’s Summer Institute entitled “Spatial Ethnographies, Urban Peripheries and Contested Los Angeles” led

The Peatoniños are back!

Student summer grantees, Gus Wendel and Paola Mendez continue UHI’s collaboration with Laboratorio para la Cuidad (LAB) through Peatoniños playstreets. As

C. Villaseñor Black wins Gold Shield Faculty Prize

UHI Affiliated Faculty and Professor of Art History and Chicana/o Studies, Charlene Villaseñor Black, was awarded the 2016 Gold Shield Faculty Prize by

B. Collins and A. Sideris awarded “Best Paper”

UHI Alum and recent Doctoral Recipient in Urban Planning, Brady Collins, and UHI Core Faculty and Professor of Urban Planning,

Students begin filming in the Philippines

UHI Summer 2016 student grantees, Nerve Macaspac and Will Davis, are currently making a collaborative short video piece with performance

Community storytelling with Libros Schmibros

On Sunday, May 22nd, UHI students and community partner, Libros Schmibros, organized the first “Hora Mágica” at Mariachi Plaza. Around

UHI collaboration wins Arts Activation Fund

UHI students in collaboration with community partners, Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM) and Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) were

UHI students presenting at Madrid conference

UHI students Maricela Becerra Garcia, Alejandro Ramirez Mendez, and Maria Teresa Monroe will be presenting at the 10th International Conference

Application for graduate certificate now open!

A cross-disciplinary curriculum bridges design, urban studies, and the humanities to better understand megacities of the Pacific Rim. For the

UHI explores Boyle Heights with James Rojas

UHI students went on a walking tour through Boyle Heights with James Rojas, learning about “Latino urbanism” and visiting various

UHI Heads to Mexico City!

UHI students and faculty are off for ten days of intensive field work in Mexico City. During the trip, students

UHI partners with three Mexico City organizations

Over spring break, UHI faculty and students will head to Mexico City for ten days of intensive field work, during

UHI Student Grant Applications Now Open!

The UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative is seeking proposals from UCLA graduate students for research projects for its 2016 cycle of

A. Becerra Artwork at Kerchkoff Gallery

Current Urban Humanities graduate student Angélica Becerra’s artwork is currently showing at the Kerchkoff Art Gallery at UCLA.. The work

UHI students collaborate with Mexico City orgs

The Urban Humanities Initiative spent a weekend in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico to examine the social and physical landscape

UHI Fieldwork Trip to US-Mexico Border

The 2015-16 cohort of UHI students focused on proximities between Mexico City and Los Angeles did a one-night fieldwork trip

In Memoriam: Edward Soja

Edward Soja, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at UCLA, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Soja was a renowned

Y. Kawano maps, analyzes Fukushima recovery

In commemoration of all the exciting things that happened at UCLA in 2015, the UCLA Newsroom published 15 UCLA Stories

D. Cuff OpEd in LA Times

Dana Cuff, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Principal Investigator for the Urban Humanities Initiative, wrote an op-ed for

Engaging the Urban Turn Session 2

Today the Urban Humanities Initiative’s faculty workshop, Engaging the Urban Turn, met for their second session where they discussed the

Marisa Belausteguigoitia: Art and Justice

Marisa Belausteguigoitia, Professor of Philosophy and Letters and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, joined the Urban Humanities Initiative to

Maria Moreno-Carranco talks urban renewal

Maria Moreno-Carranco, architect and visiting professor at UC Berkeley, presented on Urban Renewal in Santa Fe, Mexico City, as part

Engaging the Urban Turn Session 1

Last week the Urban Humanities Initiative held the first session of its year-long faculty workshop, “Engaging the Urban Turn”. The

Ignacio Padilla and urban catastprophe

Renowned novelist and short story writer, Ignacio Padilla, presented at UHI’s fora lecture series on material from his book Arte

Crisman and Gu Featured at ForumFest 2015

Jonathan Crisman, Project Director and Core Faculty of the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, and Jia Gu, a graduate of the

D. Cuff Receives AIA Award

Professor Dana Cuff, Principal Investigator of the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, was honored with the AIA/LA Award for Community Contribution

Ruben Gallo presents on modernization in Mexico

Ruben Gallo, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University, visited UCLA’s UHI program to lecture on material from his seminal

Art, Politics and the City conference at Berkeley

UHI Faculty participated in a conference this weekend presented by the UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative. This conference brought

P. Monkkonen hosts chat on Mexican cities

Last week, UHI-affiliated faculty and Professor of Urban Planning, Paavo Monkkonen, together with colleague Vinit Mukhija, hosted an informal discussion

All 4000 copies of UHI/UC issue out of printing press

We are pleased to announce that all 4000 copies of the Urban Humanities Initiative special issue of Urban China have

Samuel Steinberg joins UHI for discussion

After presenting on his forthcoming book, Photopoetics at Tlatelolco: Afterimages of Mexico, 1968, Samuel Steinberg joined UHI students and faculty

UHI publishes special issue of Urban China

Acting as a guest editor for the magazine Urban China, the Urban Humanities Initiative just published a special issue titled

J. Crisman speaks at West Bund Biennial

Jonathan Crisman, Project Director and Core Faculty for the Urban Humanities Initiative, spoke at Shanghai’s West Bund Biennial to introduce

West Bund Biennial opens, featuring UHI

The West Bund Biennial opened on September 29th in the West Bund Arts Center, and is featuring the work of

Upcoming Symposium: Contesting the Streets II

Contesting The Streets II: Vending and Public Space in Global Cities October 2-3, 20145 University of Southern California This symposium

M. Zubiaurre Featured in UCLA Magazine

A unique course on trash, titled “Society of Excess: On Waste, Consumer Culture, and the Environment”, created by UHI Core Faculty

GeoHumanities: Call for Papers

GeoHumanities, a new journal being launched by the Association of American Geographers, has distributed a call for papers. The journal publishes original

Announcing: UHI Class of 2015-2016

Twenty-four graduate and PhD students from across multiple disciplines have been selected for Urban Humanities Initiative’s 2015-2016 (Mexico City) year.

UHI invited to guest edit special issue of Urban China

The Urban Humanities initiative has been invited to guest edit a special issue of Urban China, a Chinese-language magazine that

UHI invited to West Bund Biennial

The Urban Humanities Initiative was invited to participate in the 2015 West Bund Biennial, which will be held at the

D. Cuff Featured in Architect’s Newspaper

Urban Humanities Initiative Core Faculty and Principal Investigator Dana Cuff, also Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Director of

2015-16 Application Available

The new UHI application is now available! Complete this application for admission to the 2015-16 cohort of the UCLA Urban

A. Sideris Featured in UCLA Magazine

UHI Core Faculty and Co-Director Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, also Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA and Associate Dean of the Luskin

M. Simpson Wins Real Estate Award

A multidisciplinary team of UCLA graduate students won the 2014 NAIOP SoCal Real Estate Challenge held on November 20th at

La Placita, La Futura

The 2014 Urban Humanities Summer Institute drew to a close on September 12th with a student exhibition titled “La Placita,

Announcing: UHI Class of 2014-2015

Twenty-eight graduate students from across multiple disciplines have been selected for the Urban Humanities Initiative’s 2014-2015 (Shanghai) year. Congratulations to

UHI Student Grant Recipients (Cycle 1)

The Urban Humanities Initiative’s first cycle of student grants (2013-2014) have been awarded to fund the research of the following

AAG Seeking Editorial Team for New Journal

The Association of American Geographers is currently seeking applications and nominations for a team of two co-editors for a new

AK Munaim Receives Sasakawa Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Urban Humanities Initiative alum and recent Master’s in Urban Planning degree recipient, AK Munaim,

UHI’s Shin-Shinjuku Exhibition at RUMBLE

Throughout the 2013-14 academic year, the UHI’s inaugural class worked in collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams to explore a variety of topics

Publications: “Informal American City”

UHI Core Faculty and Co-Director, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, who is also Professor of Urban Planning and Associate Dean of the Luskin

UCLA Trans-Pacific Symposium

A New Horizon of Knowledge after 9.11 and 3.11   Following the devastating aftereffects of 9.11 in the United States

Publications: Tomorrow is the Question

Urban Humanities faculty member, William Marotti, has had an article published in a new book: “Tomorrow is the Question: New

Publications: Anti-Academy

Urban Humanities faculty member William Marotti recently had a piece featured in Anti-Academy, a book that examines the “ideas, processes,

UHI Team to Present at Mediated City

A team of UHI students, Kara Moore, AK Munaim, and John Leisure, had their paper accepted for presentation at the

DH 250 Goes to One Wilshire

UHI sponsored course Digital Humanities 250, taught by Miriam Posner, took a field trip to one of the largest telecom

2014-15 Application Now Live!

The application for admission to the 2014-15 class of the Urban Humanities Initiative is now live! For the 2014-15 year,

Call for Proposals: Student Research Grants

The UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative seeks proposals from UCLA graduate students for class, capstone, dissertation, agency/client, and research projects for

UHI Graduate Symposium: Archiving Risk

The proceedings for the UHI graduate symposium, “Archiving Risk: Contributions from the History of Architecture and Urbanism,” have been announced:

T. Presner Featured in Chronicle of Higher Ed.

Todd Presner, a co-PI of the Urban Humanities Initiative, as well as a Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and

UHI Featured in The Positive

The UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative was featured in The Positive, London’s first daily “freemium” online news source. “University of California

UHI Featured in Chronicle of Higher Ed.

The UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. “The planet is becoming more urban every

Y. Kawano Featured on Atlantic Cities

Urban Humanities faculty member Yoh Kawano was featured on Atlantic Cities for his work done as part of the UC

M. Zubiaurre Featured on UCLA Today

“UCLA professor Maite Zubiaurre is challenging the students in her graduate seminar that examines how trash is portrayed in art

S. Walsh Presenting at RITUAL / COMMUNITY / TRANSGRESSION

UCLA Urban Humanities student Sarah Walsh will be presenting at the 18th Annual Graduate Symposium on Japanese Studies, hosted by

Aggregate Announces Archiving Risk

Aggregate, a partner on the UHI Graduate Symposium, Archiving Risk: Contributions from the History of Architecture and Urbanism, has posted an

Wilson/Cage: Lecture on Nothing

Two Urban Humanities students attended the Robert Wilson production of John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing with the generous support of UCLA’s

Lectures: Daniel Canogar and Andre Sorensen

Two lectures are right around the corner — find out more on their Event pages:   On Art and Trash:

Fora: Lecture Series 2013-14

Tokyo/LA: Design At Risk   October 21— Uneven Geographies of Vulnerability: Tokyo in the Twenty-first Century André Sorensen, Associate Professor

Summer Institute Launches

The first of the UHI Summer Series starts on Monday, August 26, 2013. Offered over a three-week period, the Institute

June 5 Diptych Series: Trash

The June 5th Diptych Forum, hosted by the Urban Humanities Initiative, will be focused on “talking trash.” Prof. Maite Zubiaurre

Apply for UHI 2013-14

Apply for UHI 2013-14

Graduate students from across campus are encouraged to apply to the Urban Humanities Initiative for the 2013 – 14 academic

Publications: “Money, Trains, and Guillotines”

Urban humanities faculty member William Marotti has just published a new book in relation to Japan’s revolutionary art practices after

UHI Featured on ArchDaily

Excitement and anticipation over the Urban Humanities Initiative continues to grow as our program was recently featured in an article