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June 25, 2015

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Today Stanford University's Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness initiated a formal partnership with the International Laboratory for Ecology, Environment, and Sustainability at Sichuan University (Chengdu, China) to cooperate on an international project-based learning program in the 15-16 academic year. This project is the fourth round of GUDP and will seek competitive applications from students from Stanford and Sichuan. Stay tuned for more developments!

June 16, 2015

Stockton City Limits, " Where's the best location for a CSU Stockton? "

Much has-been made ​​recently Regarding a potential full-fledged California State University in Stockton, and rightfully so. It's pretty remarkable That a city of our size has-been overlooked for a state school while places: such as Humboldt, San Marcos, and Chico campuses unavailable. Largely unpopulated Even the CSU Channel Islands have! Given Stockton's size and economic need, it's really only a matter of time before CSU Stockton Takes root here. In fact, the process has Already Begun as Assemblywoman Susan Eggman's bill Authorizing the feasibility study of Such a campus recently  passed through the state assembly .

And while the prospect of a CSU Stockton is still several years away, That has not stopped speculation acerca de esta university Where Could be located. CSU would not only be a boon Stockton the city overall, it has the potential to change the dynamic of the neighborhood Where would it be located. Given the high stakes, it's never too early to Consider Where CSU Stockton Could be placed. Here's a handful of the MOST Talked About potential sites for the campus Along With the pros and cons of each.

South Stockton

Last year, Stockton Had the extreme good fortune of having the Stanford Global Urban Development Program (GUDP) come to town to conduct research on the development potential of South Stockton. If you're interested in Their Entire body of work, Which culminated in a presentation to the City Planning Commission just two months ago, here's a  first-person story  SCL published a couple months back. As part of Their research, the group Looked at the potential for a Stockton CSU campus on the south side. The group focused mainly on a location off of MLK Boulevard and Highway 99, as you can see below.

Proposed master plan of CSU Stockton along MLK Drive and Highway 99. Credit: GUDP

Proposed master plan of CSU Stockton along MLK Drive and Highway 99. Credit: GUDP

Locating a college campus on the south side Makes a lot of sense for part of Stockton That Could Provide it as a tremendous economic boost and infuse Thousands of college students and faculty into a distressed neighborhood. The census tracts around the Proposed site Indicate extreme levels of poverty, and bringing to the area CSU Could only help to alleviate esta.

However, while Stockton CSU would bring some economic benefit to the area, The Chosen site has drawbacks That Could Significantly Affect the success of the campus and curtail ITS overall impact on the city. Chiefly, the connectivity to the rest of Stockton is lacking. While college campuses Have the Ability to transform a neighborhood, the rather secluded nature of the GUDP site would stymie Those potential benefits. The location is boxed in by train tracks to the east and large industrial site to the north. These barriers would severely limit any potential spillover into the surrounding neighborhoods That Could benefit the most. , Moreover, while it's Within city limits, the potential site is rather suburban and even rural in feel With no established commercial areas. Given These factors, it would be difficult to Establish a cohesion Between the university and surrounding neighborhood.

Also, This site features special little proximity to Existing areas of industry That Could draw on students. Ideally, students at CSU Stockton Could get hands on experience at area facilities Institutions: such as medical or law firms or marketing companies. However, the industries surrounding esta potential site are mostly large scale manufacturing. In order to fully integrate into the city's economy, students would Have to travel to other areas of the city for internships and work experience, negating some of the potential positive impact on the surrounding southside neighborhoods.

North Stockton

In Addition to South Stockton, GUDP Assessed Also a location in North Stockton along Lower Sacramento Road. In my mind, this location Makes the Least amount of sense. While spacious, North Stockton location would be isolated from the rest of the city, limiting economic Impacts STIs. GUDP draws the same conclusion. Also this location has zero proximity to any specific industries That Could draw students from (unless you count the Alpine Meat Packing facility). And These flaws are not unique to the GUDP site: outlaying any campus in the northern parts of the city is bound to face the same challenges Given the area's poor connectivity and auto-centric layout.

Also GUDP Examined a site in North Stockton (credit: GUDP)

Also GUDP Examined a site in North Stockton (credit: GUDP)

Downtown Stockton

On occasion, Downtown Stockton is Mentioned as a candidate for a CSU campus. This Seems like a logical choice in some respects as a downtown campus would undoubtedly spur investment in an underdeveloped area and bring Thousands of students into the city's business hub. Businesses Could tap into the university for interns and graduates Could seamlessly transition from student life into the downtown workforce. Also, a downtown campus would Easily connect to the rest of the city and region Given the multiple transit options available.

There is one glaring problem, however: there's nowhere to put a full campus downtown. As NOTED by GUDP, Stockton campus CSU would need a ton of space no matter the location. Unfortunately, Downtown Stockton Nearly does not have enough contiguous open space to create a fluid campus. While some universities: such as San Jose State are woven into a downtown, These campuses still have a significant amount of land congruous. On top of That, Because esta campus would most likely to be a commuter school, parking would be a tremendous challenge. Sure, some students would arrive by public transit connectivity Given transit available, but the majority would probably be driving alone. At best, to Downtown Stockton CSU campus would be a patch work of buildings with little to no open space, no character defining quads or historic buildings.

Downtown Stockton is much better suited for satellite graduate and professional programs from the University of the Pacific or other schools. It's quite common for universities in other cities to invest in small campuses in downtown areas to take advantage of proximity to Local Institutions. Many MBA, law, medical or other programs are located in urban areas Routinely rather than sprawling undergraduate university campuses. For example, UC Davis medical school whos is located in Sacramento. Fresno State Announced That it will just open a satellite campus downtown in conjunction with area businesses. The University of Maryland's policy, law and medical schools are headquartered in Downtown Baltimore. A handful of These kinds of professional programs located in Downtown Stockton would be hugely beneficial without the massive space requirements of a full campus.

University Park

While a complete university in Downtown Stockton is not feasible, there exists another option That achieves many of the same benefits and in my review is the clear, obvious choice for a campus in Stockton: the aptly named University Park.

Less than a mile north from downtown proper, University Park is The most logical choice for a CSU campus Stockton. It's big (just over 100 acres, According the website), you have large open lots for new construction and a number of historic buildings That Could be incorporated into the campus as well. The area is well maintained Already, featuring an abundance of trees, street fixtures and even a pond and water feature. It's Also Already home to the CSU Stanislaus campus satellite.

And MOST importantly is Perhaps University Park's proximity to the city's health care industry and downtown core. One of the major issues facing our region CSU That Could help alleviate Stockton is a lack of health care professionals, so it makes perfect sense to locate a university Within close proximity to health care services. Could Easily Students get hands-on training at the adjacent St. Joseph's Hospital and surrounding health care providers. These Institutions are always looking for assistance (in fact St. Joseph's pays big bucks for Bay Area doctors to moonlight here Because of a lack of health care professionals locally). On top of That, Downtown Stockton and it's 15,000 jobs are just down the street, providing many of the same mutual benefits Described above.

With 100+ acres and swaths of empty land, University Park is the clear choice for a CSU campus Stockton

With 100+ acres and swaths of empty land, University Park is the clear choice for a CSU campus Stockton

In Addition, the surrounding neighborhood would reap tremendous benefits from a university. Right across the street from University Park sits the Magnolia Historic District, home to some of the city's finest homes and architecture, though the area has long Suffered from neglect, crime and poverty. Instantly A university would change the dynamic of esta neighborhood and the parallel California Street commercial corridor would see a major improvement as well.

University Park historic buildings Already Boasts That would be the envy of many universities Existing

University Park historic buildings Already Boasts That would be the envy of many universities Existing

Of course this site is not perfect. Also this site has to train tracks stopping any spillover to the east. And while listed at 100 acres, it's not all raw land and some parts are Already occupied by companies. The park is owned by Grupe Companies and it's not clear if They would agree to hold out for a full-blown college campus, CSU Especially Given Stockton That is probably 10 years away from fruition. Congestion May Also be a concern, though the area is large enough parking garages That Could Easily be Accommodated.



April 16, 2015

Stockton City Limits " GUEST POST: South Stockton corridor ripe with potential, opportunity "

In the face of modern urban political, economic, social, and environmental challenges, interdisciplinary collaboration Between professionals, data-driven research, and holistic design Will Become increasingly crucial to sustainable urban planning. Fascinated by the Educational Opportunity Presented esta context, in 2011 I co-founded the  Global Urban Development Program  (GUDP) at Stanford University as a project-based learning experience challenging students from different disciplines and educational backgrounds in virtual collaboration and systems thinking. However, in 2013 I met Somebody Who inspired me to realize the real-world value of the students' efforts.

Community engagement activity in South Stockton on February 7th, 2015. Photo Credit: Derek Ouyang

Community engagement activity in South Stockton on February 7th, 2015. Photo Credit: Derek Ouyang

That person was Michael Tubbs, WHO at the time was just one year into His position as the city's youngest-ever councilmember Representing His Own District 6 Comprising much of South Stockton. We were Both TEDxStanford presenting at the 2013 conference, I acerca  building sustainable homes , I acerca  city government building . Clearly I still remember the night before the conference When we met at a speakers' dinner; after throwing thoughts back and forth how urban blight About Affects quality of life in Michael's South Stockton community, I have invited me to visit Stockton one day and see it for myself.

A year later, i took Michael up on That offer and spent a day in South Stockton. There I was Able to see first-hand, as an outsider, just how South Stockton was nonsense from the rest of the city in Nearly all indicators of quality of life. Also I was Able to see the window of opportunity provided Michael's leadership, Along With the coincidental timing of Stockton coming out of bankruptcy and amending ITS General Plan, to make a strong statement about the academic future of the region. Right there we Formulated to plan for a project based on GUDP South Stockton, bringing together students from Stanford, Ljubljana, and San Jose State In partnership with the City of Stockton Planning Office, led by Forrest Ebbs Planning Manager, and the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition ., led by Tubbs  A Record article  written Concluded About That first meeting: "With His Eyes wide open, the grad student from Stanford is About to step into the middle of Stockton Decades of neglect, decline and misuse."

Last Thursday, April 9th ​​2015, seven months after acerca That first trip to South Stockton, I brought with me five students (along with two from Slovenia remotely checking in) and my faculty advisor Glenn Katz to present the culmination of our work to the Stockton Planning Commission. What Was That We had found, DESPITE Those Decades of neglect, decline, and misuse That HAD evidently blighted the community, there was nothing but potential and opportunity in STI future.

Students at Stockton City Hall on April 9, 2015. Photo Credit: Derek Ouyang

Students at Stockton City Hall on April 9, 2015. Photo Credit: Derek Ouyang

The broader approach of GUDP, as it has developed, is to explore the potential for a multidisciplinary, multiscale, multifunctional and methodology for urban planning - in other words, a science-based urban planning. In This Light, our project was divided into two major phases: Research and Design. The Research phase Attempted to diagnose the quality of life (QoL) in South Stockton through the combined lenses of Place, Movement, Environment, Health & Safety, Youth & Education, Housing, and Economic Development. Often the industries These are separated into silos of governmental Departments and commissions without clear channels of communication of coordination in terms of overall impact on QoL. Our approach in GUDP is to Consider These all holistically, measure them consistently, and interpret them synergistically in order to Understand Which areas of the city are critically stressed by multiple conditions, and why. This research culminated in a single table of Target Goals Which Identifies key metrics of QoL as a current measurement and a future projection. In other words, This kind of table is Demonstrates gap analysis of issues Affecting The most impactful South Stockton and turns them into quantifiable Which problems are validated by objective data rather than tossed around in political rhetoric. This analysis Also Allows us to begin Identifying Which tangible and feasible solutions can be designed to Have strategic impact across multiple metrics or areas, and furthermore, can be Implemented and tracked With results-based accountability.

After the Research phase, the students Were Asked to form new teams and propose unique design projects of Their Own choice Which focused on a set of indicators They Had Analyzed in the Research Presented phase and an innovative approach to closing Those gaps through macro or micro projects , policies, and programs. The first project, Industry Revitalization, Presented three industries (food processing, tire recycling, logistics) Which Could be developed in South Stockton through governmental facilitation and Provide valuable job opportunities and economic growth for the community. The second project, Environmental Resiliency, designed an affordable energy-efficiency retrofit program for old homes in South Stockton That is driven by community volunteering and clear payback incentives. The third project, Airport Way Revitalization, Proposed the revitalization of 19 vacant lots along Airport Way into a neighborhood center over the next twenty years, beginning with DIY, affordable temporary structures and gardens, followed by a community center, and completed with new commercial development . The fourth project, CSU Stockton Proposal, Presented strong evidence of the economic and social benefits of developing a CSU campus in Stockton South Stockton. Each of These projects Were Presented to the Planning Commission on April 9th, and more detailed reports Including design drawings, figures, and feasibility studies will be published online in the next few weeks.

Rendering of Proposed community center on 8th and Airport Way.  Credit: GUDP

Rendering of Proposed community center on 8th and Airport Way. Credit: GUDP.

Of the various learning goals of GUDP, Including online teamwork, interdisciplinary teamwork, systems thinking, and research methodology, Perhaps the Most Important one is human-centered design, or participatory design. The students Were Introduced to this concept with the help of the Stanford Haas Center for Public Service , Which provided them With its  Principles of Ethical and Effective Service  as well as a grant for service-based learning. The students used esta funding to travel to Stockton many times THROUGHOUT the project and organize a community engagement activity on February 7th, in Which Citizens from the neighborhood came and provided locally Their insights on the problems faced Their neighborhood, as well as for revitalization Which Ideas Were incorporated into each of the design projects. If we had more funding, I would Have loved for the students to engage the community more times in Both the Research and Design phases, because i think this is The most critical aspect of making successful urban planning. If we are to design a truly sustainable future for cities like Stockton, it will require buy-in and effort from the top down and from the bottom up. I believe our GUDP project has provided one example of how This might look in practice.

Proposed master plan of CSU Stockton along MLK Drive and Highway 99. Credit: GUDP

Proposed master plan of CSU Stockton along MLK Drive and Highway 99. Credit: GUDP

While we produced a lot of insights and ideas, in esta GUDP project, I'm MOST excited about the Possibility of continued collaboration Between the City of Stockton and academic Institutions around the world. This first partnership That students have shown us all around the world can a community care deeply UNLIKE About Their Own, as well as Their pool together various talents and backgrounds to produce innovative ideas, grounded in political, economic, and social reality. In fact, many of the students the Proposed Ideas That Can Be Implemented Within a year through governmental encouragement and a small amount of funding, and some of the students and I would love to work This Summer With community partners to push forward our ideas. I Think This example presents a promising future for what collaborative, scientific, and community-driven urban planning Could be, and I look forward to organizing more and more projects for Stockton in the years to come.



February 22, 2015

NorteDigital: " University propose solutions to Juárez "

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Source: Ismael Villagomez

A group of 24 students from the universities of Stanford, California; Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, conducted a social study, "Global Urban Project", to identify the main challenges that Juarez and present an academic paper that contain four main topics: economic development, urban planning , environmental risks and quality of life.

This weekend the team met with experts from various NGOs in the premises of the College of Chihuahua, such as the Women's Network, the Network for Children, JovesMAS, the State Human Rights Commission, the College of Chihuahua, the Bureau of Security and Strategic Plan for Juarez, to listen approaches, diagnoses and experiences, to take a more realistic idea of ​​what happened here, said one of the coordinators, Miguel Angel Iglesias Torres, student of Creation and Enterprise Development University of San Eduardo in Austin, Texas.

"Most of all we seek honest organizations that may be transparent in their reporting; invite a totally politicized academic environment, zero, to introduce students to the truth, more transparent and less biased way possible, "said Iglesias.

Alejandro Garcia, 23, a student of Architecture UACJ explained the mechanics of academic work, indicating that research carried out first base and then develop an urban project "in which we can identify important factors of the city, related quality of life, environmental hazards, safety and employment ".

The idea is that at the end of the next quarter from April to June to present a project to raise solutions to the problems identified, he said.

"The journey to gain insight into how things work here was planned, because one thing is to generate studies and analysis, and one that actually this is over in a step, a proposal; for that you need to see it with our own eyes, "Bejarano said Daniel Torres, student, 25, of the Engineering at Stanford University.

Interviewed during a break in the meeting, held on Saturday, Bejarano said also travel different areas of the city, where maquiladoras and splits with abandoned houses, in addition to the university area to be built 50 kilometers from the center, known as the City Knowledge.

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Monday will have a meeting with the Juárez Strategic Plan Association and teachers UACJ, following which foreign students return to their home campus, to enter the process of emptying data.

Respondents clarified that although the aim of the work is merely academic, does seek to make a "moral pressure" on the authorities to improve the city.

The group of college was for four hours getting specific, detailed and specialized information on the different aspects that have marked Ciudad Juarez over the last decade, with contrasting explanations on the various problems in an interdisciplinary scheme approached from an academic point of view and documented research.

Speakers stressed the entrepreneur Alejandra de la Vega, a member of the Security Bureau; Astrid Gonzalez Davila, Security Bureau, in the area of ​​preventing violence against women; Marisol Rodriguez Montana, JovesMAS; Alexius Rodallegas, civil association Juárez Strategic Plan; Flor Cuevas, overall visitor of the ECHR; Cecilia Espinoza of Red Mesa Women of Juarez; Luis Cervera, the College of Chihuahua, among others.

The issues on which figures were poured and presentations were developed varied from the distribution of public services in the city, through crime rates, the situation of children who are orphaned, until violence against woman, the "holes" in the city planning and political interests that have prevailed to invest resources in urban development, among others.

The entrepreneur Alejandra de la Vega, a member of the Security Bureau, described the meeting as very positive and highlighted the fact that young people bring ideas of what should be their city.

"I am convinced that when we are more citizens who want a better city, a different city, is when we will succeed if we are too few, then, no, because it is not the wish of the majority, as is the desire to most, we will succeed ", he pondered.

Interviewed upon leaving the meeting in a classroom floor 3 of the building of the College of Chihuahua, De la Vega estimated the challenge as a community today is to improve the quality of life of the average Juárez, "using transport services, using what should be green areas, sports areas, recreation areas ".

"I think the generations that preceded us, gave an important turn to Juárez with the installation of the manufacturing industry; now young people are the ones that have to push in not stay at that level as basic manufacturing, really push us towards knowledge technologies, "he said.

November 18, 2014

Stanford Professionals in Real Estate, " SPIRE 2014 Stanford Hosts Real Estate Hall of Fame Honors Banquet "



"... Derek Ouyang received [a] $ 2,000 grant On Behalf Of SPIRE and Tad Taube to continue Their Work and research. Currently Derek is working on a Global Urban Development Program, Which Allows for project-based learning in global, interdisciplinary teams. I Real-world is addressing urban challenges and is looking to make long-term impact. Currently I have is working on the revitalization of District 6 in Stockton, CA and beginning in February 2015 will focus on the revitalization of Juarez, Mexico. "

October 9, 2014

Stanford + Connects NY, Derek Ouyang: " Thinking Outside the Bubble: Project-Based Learning in the 21st Century "(GUDP Mentioned starting 4:30)

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September 20, 2014

Stockton Record: " Stanford grad student creating urban design project "



By Kevin Parrish

Record Staff Writer 

Posted Sep. 20, 2014 @ 12:09 am

STOCKTON - a global team of students, urban designers and idealists is assembling around 15 vacant lots along Airport Way in the hope of transforming one of the city's longest-standing corridors of blight. City Hall owns several of the blighted properties.

"We want to create and influence policy That will one day make a beautiful community here," Said Derek Ouyang, a Stanford University graduate student Who is spearheading the project. I was standing outside the headquarters of STAND (Stocktonians Taking Action to Neutralize Drugs), an affordable-housing advocacy group on East Eighth Street.

A block and a half away, at Airport and Eighth, Ralph Square, a small, rundown strip mall Known for drug activity, is surrounded by vacant lots on each of the adjacent corners. Ouyang, on His first trip to Stockton, Surveyed the bleak scene in an effort to Understand the on-the-ground challenges ahead.

He was undeterred. "Long term, I am Committed," He Said.

Ouyang is co-founder of Cloud Arch, a company working on urban design and architectural projects around the world.

Ouyang, just 22, is hoping to take advantage of what I describe as a chance to capitalize on the recent spotlight thrown on the city's southside by Councilman Michael Tubbs' Reinvent South Stockton initiative and the academic need to give students Real-world projects to embrace . "We have a window of opportunity to get lots of people out of the safe haven of the academic world," I Said.

Ouyang grew up near Pasadena and was valedictorian of Arcadia High School. In 2013, I graduated from Stanford with a dual major in architectural design and civil and environmental engineering. I was project manager of Stanford's first Solar Decathlon team. The Cardinal finished fifth in the competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy.

On Monday, in Addition to launching the Airport Way project, Ouyang Begins grad school. I will be studying structural engineering and geomechanics.

I've Already Learned the value of building coalitions and, after eight months traveling in Europe, I have is trying this fall and winter to address one of Stockton's neediest neighborhoods using resources across multiple academic disciplines from Stanford while Also enlisting participation from students and faculty in Ljubljana , Slovenia; Aalborg, Denmark; and Tsinghua University, China.

Why Stockton? Why Airport Way?

"The short answer is Michael Tubbs," Ouyang Said. "We were at a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in May of 2013. We had not met Until Then. Michael is an inspiration for doing Important Things With Your Life. Instead of making money for himself, I was drawn back to His hometown. "

On Friday, Ouyang Walked gritty streets, Talked to STAND board members and Heard about the long history of failed Efforts to rebuild a seven-block stretch of Airport Way.

His notion is to bring a team of up to 20 university students to Stockton, first to gather and analyze information and then a to Identify the obstacles to change. If all goes well, next spring Ouyang will present the Stockton City Council with a plan for the corridor. UNLIKE many academic exercises, this one will have a funding component That addresses.

Expressed STAND board members enthusiasm for the attention from Stanford and for the prospect of change after Decades of frustration over crime, drug dealing and slumlords in the area. Tubbs has generated much of Their optimism.

"Michael is a different breed," Said Virginia Gorman, president of the affordable-housing organization. "He is totally Committed to south Stockton."

Ouyang, only minutes after arriving at Airport and Eighth, I Said That passion shares. Already I have lined up support for the project from the University of Ljubljana. I is trying to recruit student participation from Denmark and China, saying That faculties at the University of Aalborg and Tsinghua University in Beijing Have Expressed an interest but Might wait a year to join.

The case study will proceed Stockton Regardless, He Said.

"What have other cities done? What do residents want? What does the city please? This project will not be driven developer. It Might help That we are outsiders, "Ouyang Said. "We can say it as we see it."

Ouyang has created what I calls the Global Urban Development Program as an interdisciplinary approach to urban development. I calls it an international, project-based course of learning. In the class description, I writes That "Stockton, California, is looking for strategic solutions to redevelop and revitalize ITS District 6 neighborhood in the midst of political, economic and social challenges."

With His eyes wide open, the grad student from Stanford is About to step into the middle of Stockton Decades of neglect, decline and misuse.

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April 6, 2013

Študentska poslovna konferenca " Najboljše naloge ponujajo rešitve gospodarstvo za "