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The Nightflowers Clockfigures
Emily Tatro (2024-05-22)
This document compiles poems, stories, images, and a statement relating to Emily Tatro's April 2024 thesis exhibition, The Nightflower's Clockfigures. The poems express the psychological and imaginal ground from which the works emerge, and contextualize the works as creative and expressive rather than critical. The statement is a more linear expression of the show's themes and concepts. It explicates notions of circular or spiral time, earthly life cycles, decay and growth. It relates to psychological experiences, the multiplicity of selves, and relationship between self, culture, and the more-than-human world.
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EXPERIENCING DISPLACEMENT: THE GOVERNANCE OF “CHAIQIAN” IN JIAXIAOYING COMMUNITY IN HEFEI, CHINA
ZHANG,CHI (2024-05-22)
This paper examines the micro-politics and interactions between the state and grassroots actors in the context of urban village redevelopment in Jiaxiaoying Village, Hefei, China. The study explores the complex dynamics and conflicting interests among homeowners, tenants, and the elder generation during the demolition and relocation (Chaiqian) process. Through ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, the article reveals how the state's top-down urban renewal agenda is translated and negotiated at the grassroots level, leading to divided interests and unequal power relations. The paper argues that the state employs an agent model of governance, relying on neighborhood committees and clan networks to penetrate and control the grassroots society. The case study sheds light on the scalar politics and the encounter between state power and local resistance in China's urban transformation, contributing to the understanding of state-led spatial production and urban governance in the Global South.
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MRP Defense
Ketaki Ghodke (2024-05-22)
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Economic Resilience to Hurricanes in U.S. Counties
Yu, Qianchen (2024)
The study examines the economic resilience of U.S. counties under the impact of hurricanes, particularly through different socioeconomic indicators and spatial dependencies that enhance regional resilience and toughness. The main research questions include: 1) How do different demographic and industrial structures affect regional economic performance and its response to hurricanes? 2) How do spatial distributional characteristics of economic resilience and geographic proximity effects affect interregional economic interactions? Analyzed by spatial lag models, spatial error models, and generalized additivity models (GAM), the results show that, relative to no intervention strategies, post-disaster economic intervention strategies can significantly raise per capita income in the short term but have limited impacts on GDP and varying employment impacts. In addition, the results of the spatial analysis emphasize the importance of considering geographic proximity effects. These findings provide policymakers with data support to optimize disaster management strategies and improve long-term regional sustainability.
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OPTIMIZING COMMUNITY PLANNING IN TROY, NY: THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION MODEL
Oertel, Lauren (2024-05-20)
Community Development Corporations have been a critical asset to disinvested communities nationwide since the 1960’s. Among many American rustbelt cities, Troy, New York residents face socioeconomic injustices because of the urban renewal regime and continued deteriorating infrastructure. For the Troy community to combat these inequities, it is critical to identify existing services, initiatives, and needs of residents and visitors. This study assesses how an adopted community development corporation model could effectively translate and address these needs. Exploring this topic requires a comprehensive examination of the challenges and opportunities that an organization may encounter, particularly in terms of organizational capacity and financial and political relationships.