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State of Place is starting an Urban Data Geeks Lab!

We're excited to announce the launch of the State of Place Urban Data Geeks Lab! Our goal is to use State of Place - a robust, objective measure of built environment quality - to further connect the research and practice communities, as well as offer up access to our growing micro-scale built environment database (over 7000+ blocks, across 5 countries, 21 states, 93 cities, and 176 neighborhoods, and counting).

To kick off this initiative, we're holding to a 45-min webinar on Thursday, June 15th at 3:30 PM EST, to give the research community an opportunity to learn more about how to integrate State of Place into urban research and classrooms.

*The original 1:30pm webinar is now full

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More about State of Place/Webinar Agenda Below

As you may know, 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.

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, and while we're at it, start a little urban data geeks army (ahem, lab!)!

During the webinar we will discuss:

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! We hope you’ll join us for this 45-minute demo and Q&A session!