Monica-HaddadMonica Haddad will present the lecture “Spatial Tools for Analyzing Urban Structures” at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft on March 26 from 12h30 to 13h30, BK, room 1WEST290

Monica is Associate Professor at the department of Community and Regional Planning, College of Design, Iowa State University.  Her field of work is Geographic Information Systems, Social Justice and Planning, Urban Infrastructure, and Environmental Planning.

Her current research includes:

  • Understanding the provision of public parks in the city of Curitiba, Brazil.
  • Bolsa Familia (Cash Transfer Program) and Decent Work.
  • Examining Housing Voucher in the San Francisco Bay Area Region.
  • Sanitary Sewer Expansion and Urbanization in the Belo Horizonte Metropolitan ccRegion.

Recent publications include:
Pandey, P. , Soupir, M., Haddad, M., and Rothwellc, J.. 2012. “Assessing the impacts of watershed indexes and precipitation on spatial in-stream E. coli concentrations.” Ecological Indicators, Vol. 23, pp. 641-652.

Abstract: Spatial analysis can facilitate the communication of complex urban problems, allowing stakeholders to better understand them. Monica Haddad, Associate Professor at Iowa State University, will present four case studies focusing on urban planning issues, named: low-income housing in San Francisco, U.S.; metropolitan growth in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.; distribution of urban parks in Curitiba, Brazil; and distribution of sanitary sewer in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  All case studies’ methodologies are embedded in geographic information systems combining remote sensing, spatial interpolation, raster analysis, and Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis.  The findings of the spatial analyses can offer recommendations for policy makers for all four urban areas.  For San Francisco, the suburbanization of poverty can be visually examined indicating that the urban poor is located in areas with lower job opportunities.  For Des Moines, areas that may need changes in their land use and zoning can be identified. For Curitiba, locations and sizes of new urban parks can be identified so that the urban poor can have adequate green open space and access to recreation and leisure opportunities.  For Belo Horizonte, areas that should have priority with regards to receiving investments for sanitary sewer expansion with respect to the urban poor can be identified.


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