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Olivia Edwards

The Problem with Resiliency: How Resilience Planning Can Marginalize Vulnerable Populations

Resilience planning has become the rallying cry of city planners, architects, engineers, conservationists, NGOs, policy makers, and other diverse stakeholders in cities around the world. Much has been said for our communities’ need to develop resilience strategies in the face of an ever-growing host of climate, economic, and terror-induced threats. What has been overlooked are…

The Food for Peace Modernization Act: How Policy Reform Can Alleviate Food Insecurity in Yemen

A recent proposal to modernize the Food for Peace program could bring much-needed and long-overdue reform to U.S. policy on international food aid. The proposal comes at a dire time for the state of food security around the world. The UN declared in February 2017 that four countries–Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen–are experiencing famine,…

Critically Assessing the “Smart City”

The phrase “smart city” is on the lips of urban planners and policy makers everywhere in recent months. Cities from London and Barcelona to Hangzhou and Rio de Janeiro are being hailed as “smart,” “wired,” and “networked” with their expansive grids of sensors, intelligent lighting, adaptive traffic signals, and closed-circuit cameras. The impetus for intelligent…

Securing an Olympic Legacy

Pyeongchang, a rural county in one of the poorest regions in South Korea, recently hosted 60,000 security forces, alongside an influx of security infrastructure that included such state-of-the-art military technology as interceptor drones, aircraft equipped with facial recognition scanners, and sensor systems that detect various chemical warfare agents and explosive threats. Meanwhile, South Korean police…

Proliferating Bollards: Managing the Risk of Terrorism Through Protective Design

On the afternoon of October 31, 2017, a man drove a pickup onto a protected bike lane along New York City’s Westside Highway, killing eight and injuring another twelve. It was the latest in a string of “low-tech” terror attacks in which automobiles are used as weapons of terror against crowds in congested urban areas.…

The Problem with Resiliency: How Resilience Planning Can Marginalize Vulnerable Populations

Resilience planning has become the rallying cry of city planners, architects, engineers, conservationists, NGOs, policy makers, and other diverse stakeholders in cities around the world. Much has been said for our communities’ need to develop resilience strategies in the face of an ever-growing host of climate, economic, and terror-induced threats. What has been overlooked are…

The Food for Peace Modernization Act: How Policy Reform Can Alleviate Food Insecurity in Yemen

A recent proposal to modernize the Food for Peace program could bring much-needed and long-overdue reform to U.S. policy on international food aid. The proposal comes at a dire time for the state of food security around the world. The UN declared in February 2017 that four countries–Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen–are experiencing famine,…

Critically Assessing the “Smart City”

The phrase “smart city” is on the lips of urban planners and policy makers everywhere in recent months. Cities from London and Barcelona to Hangzhou and Rio de Janeiro are being hailed as “smart,” “wired,” and “networked” with their expansive grids of sensors, intelligent lighting, adaptive traffic signals, and closed-circuit cameras. The impetus for intelligent…

Securing an Olympic Legacy

Pyeongchang, a rural county in one of the poorest regions in South Korea, recently hosted 60,000 security forces, alongside an influx of security infrastructure that included such state-of-the-art military technology as interceptor drones, aircraft equipped with facial recognition scanners, and sensor systems that detect various chemical warfare agents and explosive threats. Meanwhile, South Korean police…

Proliferating Bollards: Managing the Risk of Terrorism Through Protective Design

On the afternoon of October 31, 2017, a man drove a pickup onto a protected bike lane along New York City’s Westside Highway, killing eight and injuring another twelve. It was the latest in a string of “low-tech” terror attacks in which automobiles are used as weapons of terror against crowds in congested urban areas.…