2015 STL Faculty Seed Fund Interim Reporting Session



On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab) Faculty Seed Fund interim reporting seminar was hosted in the Stella Room at MIT. This two-hour meeting brought together 12 researchers and their teams to present the projects they have been diligently working on for the last year, since the first year of grants were announced in September 2015. Mr. Phil Hardie and Mr. Ron Gray, members of the STL Lab’s Advisory Board, were also in attendance. 

Each Principle Investigator (PI) had six minutes to present their research methodology and findings, followed by three minutes of question and answer with other attendees. Although one-year projects are nearing their final stages, others are only halfway through the two-year funding cycle.  Overall, it was a very successful meeting and a celebration of researcher’s accomplishments.  Further, it provided an opportunity to build the STL Lab’s interdisciplinary academic community, engage with future collaborators, and build knowledge about social responsibility in real estate, planning, and development.

2:10-2:19 – Mining Big Data to Link Affordable Housing Policy with Traffic Congestion Mitigation in Beijing, China (PI: Marta Gonzalez)

2:20-2:29 – Cities That Talk Back: Using Social Media and Crowdsourcing to Analyze the Chinese City (PI: Sarah Williams)

2:30-2:39 – Real Estate Industry, Financial Markets, and Economic Development (PI: Robert M. Townsend)

2:40-2:49 – Affordable Housing and the Resilient Chinese City: the Role of Shenzhen’s Urban Villages in Enhancing the Livelihood, Environment, Governance, and Security of the Poor (PI: Lawrence J. Vale)

2:50-2:59 – A New Model for the Urban-Rural Fringe in Jiansu Province (PI: Adele Naude Santos) 

3:00-3:09 – Implementing TOD in China: A Supply Side Investigation (PI: P. Christopher Zegras)

3:10-3:19 – Mega Regionalization and Urban Reconfiguration: The Spatial and Wider Economic Impacts of China’s High-Speed Rail System (PI: Jinhua Zhao)

3:20-3:29 – The Supply of Housing and Real Estate in China: Land Allocations and Building Densities (PIs: Albert Saiz, Thies Lindenthal, Siqi Zhang)

3:30-3:39 – Exploring the Relationship among Location, Productivity, and Environmental Impact of Industrial Firms in China’s Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region (PI: Valerie Karplus)

3:40-3:49 – Dynamics of Real Estate Development in China: Theory and Education (PIs: David Geltner, Richard de Neufville)

3:50-3:59 – New Entrepreneurship and SMEs within Urban Cores: Barriers to Entry? (PI: Adrindam Dutta)

4:00-4:09 – Developing the Littoral Gradient (PI: Brent D. Ryan, Fadi Masoud)