12:00 PM12:00

Urban Studies / Urban Summer Fellowship Open House


From New York to Saint Louis to Boulder to Oakland, students have spent their summer fellowships addressing current issues affecting urban life in the United States. On Tuesday, October 11th, we invite you to celebrate with us as the Urban Studies and Urban Summer fellows showcase their work.

Please RSVP as lunch will be provided.

About the Urban Studies / Urban Summer Fellowships
In the summer of 2000, the Haas Center and the Program on Urban Studies began offering the Urban Summer Fellowship Program. These fellowships focus on issues affecting urban life in the United States. Additionally, the Program on Urban Studies offers its own summer fellowships. 9 Urban Summer Fellowships and 4 Urban Studies Fellowships were awarded in 2016. Both Urban Summer and Urban Studies Fellows have the opportunity to spend a summer working at an organization addressing urban issues (e.g., architecture, community organizing, urban planning, education, and civil rights).

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Advancing a Human-Centered Approach to Cities: A Conversation with the Stanford Human Cities Initiative
11:30 AM11:30

Advancing a Human-Centered Approach to Cities: A Conversation with the Stanford Human Cities Initiative

  • Stanford Center at Peking University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

By 2050, two out of three people will live in cities worldwide. The addition of 2.5 billion urban dwellers requires cities to accommodate the needs of a rapidly growing population. As Chinese and American cities confront environmental problems, housing costs, congestion, and widening social inequity, the Stanford Human Cities Initiative (HCI) works to address these urgent issues by advancing a human-centered approach to cities in order to benefit the environment, economy, and society at large.

The Stanford Human Cities Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort based out of the Program on Urban Studies. Recognizing that cities are complex, the HCI works to cultivate a 21st-century century mindset and tools to address urban challenges. Drawing from rigorous methods from engineering, architecture, planning, and design, its mission is to combine these approaches and enable cities to reach their full potential beyond the siloed approach of one discipline. The HCI works simultaneously at the global and local scales to ensure that these approaches are complementary, while prioritizing human relationships and social inclusion.

Join Deland Chan and Kevin Hsu, co-founders of the Stanford Human Cities Initiative, in a conversation about the future of cities. They will discuss the framing of the “human city” and the benefits of an interdisciplinary and multi-sector approach. Learn how you can get involved with the Initiative’s efforts to engage departments from within and outside Stanford, as well as partnerships with international NGOs, community-based organizations, and the private sector.

The talk will follow student presentations from the International Urbanization Seminar, a Human Cities course offered in long-term collaboration with Tsinghua University.

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11:00 AM11:00

San Francisco's Chinatown Alleyways Tour

Curious to see beyond the touristy veneer of San Francisco’s Chinatown and get to know the community and its people? Join Stanford students and alumni for a personalized walking tour of the oldest Chinatown in the United States.

Local youth guides from the award-winning Chinatown Alleyway Tours program will take you off the main streets and into the alleyways to learn about the daily life, rich history, and modern-day issues of this special neighborhood. We will take you back to the past, highlight the struggles and triumphs of our community, and share our personal stories about preserving Chinatown. If you are interested in learning more about the strength of communities and human connections, then come see the neighborhood through the eyes of local community members and join us for an intimate walking tour through the many alleyways of Chinatown.

As part of the tour, we will stop by the Chinese Historical Society of America, housed in the landmark Julia Morgan-designed Chinatown YWCA building and visit the current exhibit, "Work of Giants: Chinese Railroad Worker Project", a Stanford-initiated project that recognizes the stories of the descendants of known Chinese railroad workers who helped to build the American West.

Since May is Asian Heritage Month, we will celebrate with a 50% discount on this tour for Stanford-affiliated students, alumni, and friends.

Tour Highlights

  • Youth guides’ personal stories of the community
  • Community advocacy and heroes along the way
  • New development and what shapes the community
  • Exhibit of Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University
  • …and, of course, history, fun facts, tidbits, and fortune cookies!

This event is co-hosted by Chinatown Alleyway Tours (CATs), a non-profit, youth-run, youth-led program sponsored by the Adopt-An-Alleyway Youth Project, the Stanford Human Cities Initiative, and the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University.

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Urban Innovation Challenge

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Winners will build an exhibit and present to an international group of urban thought leaders, planning and real estate professionals, and city policymakers at the 2016 “Global Cities in an Era of Change" conference. Top teams will win prizes of $3000, $1500 & $750. All finalists will be featured in a special publication of the Stanford Human Cities Initiative. Human Cities Urban Innovation Challenge: Life of the Future Citizen (2016)


Sponsored by Counselors of Real Estate, Stanford Professionals in Real Estate, and Stanford Human Cities Initiative.

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Human Cities Expo
10:30 AM10:30

Human Cities Expo

What is a human city? How do we define it, and what examples do we see in the world? How might each of us play a part in advancing human-centered development in cities? Join us to learn more about the Human Cities Initiative at Stanford, which delves into the heart of these questions through interdisciplinary curriculum, thought leadership, and collaborative research. The Human Cities Initiative seeks to embody an ethic of creativity, social commitment, and intention in the pursuit of research and real-world applications. In doing so, we practice ethical approaches using frameworks that are inclusive (for many) and participatory (by many), and strive to benefit human beings and their diverse communities.

The Fall 2015 Human Cities Expo will feature presentations and interactive exhibits from International Urbanization and Civic Dreams, Human Spaces. Lightning chats from scholars and expert practitioners will invite public comment and spark further conversation.

Multinational teams from Stanford University and Tsinghua University collaborated on urban sustainability projects as part of the Approaching the Human City Workshop held in Beijing, followed by the International Urbanization Seminar spanning two continents in the fall quarter. Cross-cultural collaboration between students and community partners led to the creation of projects such as a public campaign addressing air pollution impacts on senior citizens; an exhibit at a community museum in a historic Beijing neighborhood; and a digital archive showcasing the evolution of Beijing's infrastructure network.

Interdisciplinary groups from the d.school Civic Dreams, Human Spaces studio explored opportunities to enhance public spaces that encourage inclusion, ownership, and civic engagement. The class collaborated with the City of San Francisco to develop prototypes and social practice tools that inform municipal efforts along Market Street.

The first 25 people to RSVP and attend the event will receive a complimentary copy of Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Actions for Long-term Change written by Mike Lydon, Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, an award-winning planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami, New York City, and San Francisco. RSVP at http://bit.ly/humancitiesexpo



International Urbanization Presentations 10:30AM - 12PM (Studio 1)
Lightning Chats 2PM - 3PM (Atrium)

  • Moy Eng, Community Arts Stabilization Trust
  • Greg Kloehn, Homeless Homes Project

Civic Dreams Presentations 3PM - 4PM (Atrium)
Guided Exhibitions 4-5PM (Atrium)

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