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Redlining 101: how D and C zones happened and how they still matter, with guest Wenfei Xu

Fri, Oct 2, 2020    1pm

A conversation on redlining with guest Wenfei Xu, Ph.D candidate at GSAPP and facilitated by Juan Sebastian Moreno, ‘21 MSUP Candidate at GSAPP and a Graduate Research Assistant Fall '20 at the Housing Lab

Wenfei Xu’s research uses data-driven methods to understand the geographies of urban inequality. Her latest work looks at the impact of redlining and residential segregation on American cities. She has worked in mapping, data, and design organizations including CARTO, the Civic Data Design Lab, Stamen Design and Senseable Cities Lab at MIT. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP. Wenfei’s previous projects address housing vacancy in China using crowd-sourced data, informal commerce and cultural identities in ethnic communities in Los Angeles, citizen-driven pollution documentation in China, and informal transit in Nairobi. Wenfei’s work has appeared in Wired, the Economist, NPR, Audi Urban Future Initiative, The Guardian, Atlantic Cities, as well as in the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and the Istanbul Biennale.

Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Juan Sebastián Moreno is an urban historian with a master’s degree in geography. His professional interests gravitate around urban informality, affordable housing, and mitigation of the climate emergency in Global South cities. Before moving to New York, Juan worked for two-and-a-half years in the Bogotá City Council as an advisor for land use, environmental policy, transportation, and urban security; he also directed a research group on transportation and mobility that produced a novel study on the taxi industry in the Colombian capital. Since January 2020, Juan has been working as a research assistant for GSAPP’s Housing Lab.

This event is part of a series organized by the student team at GSAPP’s Housing Lab of informal interdisciplinary conversations on housing, race, racism, and whiteness during the fall 2020 semester, on Fridays between 1–2PM. Each session focuses on a specific theme, often with a guest expert practitioner or researcher on hand as a co-facilitator along with members of the Housing Lab student team. The series is part of the Housing Lab’s project to explicitly integrate an anti-racist agenda into its current engagements and methods of working.


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