State of Place to start an Urban Data Geeks Lab in Switzerland

We are looking for academic partners in Switzerland, who'd like to integrate the State of Place Platform into their urban research and classrooms (lectures, practice, thesis projects). We offer State of Place - a robust, objective measure of built environment quality - to further connect the research and practice communities, as well as open access to our growing micro-scale built environment database (over 7000+ blocks across 5 countries and 93 cities!).

About State of Place

State of Place was developed (in 2010) to address the lack of a comprehensive framework by which to analyze the widely-used Irvine Minnesota Inventory. To date, a variety of academic and think tanks, including the Brookings Institution, USC, UCI, UC Berkeley, ASU, Lancaster University, Preservation Green Lab, the Conservation Law Foundation, and others have used State of Place to investigate the links between urban design and health, physical activity, economic development, sense of community, attachment, well-being, and other quality of life factors. It has also been used by urban planning students at NYU, VT, PSU, GWU, GMU, UIC, University of Michigan, and East China Normal University in Shanghai.

Interested in integrating State of Place into urban research and classrooms? Contact us via this form:

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I know many of my academic colleagues are studying how the built environment impacts a number of factors, and would greatly benefit from a ready-made, standardizable, easy-to-analyze, “independent variable” (or mediator, moderator, control, as it were). Additionally, I know many professors are looking to provide “real-world” experiences to their students; and access to a cutting-edge, predictive analytics software tool that brings evidence-based, data-driven planning to the fore would certainly enhance their learning experience. Finally, we have a robust internship program and are always looking for passionate, dedicated urbanists who want to learn more about predictive data analytics and the emerging world of urbantech - particularly with respect to algorithm optimization, visual machine learning, and big data! And we have LOTs of data to mine. We’ve wanted to do this for some time, but now that State of Place has been converted into a software, we are able to process data instantaneously, and would like to ramp up its adoption and implementation both as a research and teaching tool by offering it at little-to-no cost to the academic community.
— The Founder of State of Place, Dr. Mariela Alfonzo (NYU)

more about State of place

We are excited to learn more about your urban-related research and courses, and we would love to help you further enhance your amazing work! Please fill out the contact form above and we'll get back to you!