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Eric Klinenberg Contributes his Thoughts on the Oklahoma Tornado to the New Yorker

IPK's Director Eric Klinenberg contributed his thoughts on the role of government in disaster preparedness in Moore, Oklahoma in a May 24th post on the New Yorker blog.

Moore, Oklahoma, is not unfamiliar with tornadoes: it gets hit by one about once every five years. But the one that touched down there on Monday seemed especially cruel. The storm laid waste to nearly everything in its seventeen-mile path, destroying thirteen thousand homes, causing approximately two billion dollars in property damage, injuring two hundred and thirty-seven people and killing twenty-four, including nine children, so far. Powerful as it was, this week’s tornado pales in comparison to the one that hit Moore fourteen years ago, which tore up thirty-eight miles of land and killed thirty-six people, and to the one that hit Joplin, Missouri, in 2011, which left behind three billion dollars in damage and a hundred and sixty fatalities. The rebuilding effort in Oklahoma is already under way, but everyone in the state knows that more devastating twisters are coming, perhaps soon.

IPK Named Lead Partner in Rebuild by Design, an International Design Competition to Rebuild Post-Sandy


The Institute for Public Knowledge is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the President's Hurricane Sandy Task Force to organize REBUILD BY DESIGN, a multi-stage regional design competition to promote resilience for the Sandy-affected region.  IPK will serve as Lead Partner for Stage Two, which will provide an analysis of the region through a collaborative process with local communities, regional stakeholders and international experts.
The goal of the competition is two-fold: to promote innovation by developing regionally-scalable but locally-contextual solutions that increase resilience in the region, and to implement selected proposals with both public and private funding dedicated to this effort. The competition also represents a policy innovation by setting aside HUD Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding specifically to incentivize implementation of winning projects and proposals. Examples of design solutions are expected to range in scope and scale – from large-scale green infrastructure to small-scale residential resiliency retrofits. The competition process will also strengthen our understanding of regional interdependencies, fostering coordination and resilience both at the local level and across the US.
For more detail on the competition, including information on how to apply and an initial survey of available data sets, please follow the below links:

The Task Force issued a Request for Qualifications (see page 8 of the Rebuild By Design Brief) on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Responses must be sent to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, July 19, 2013.


HUD Selects Project Opportunities to Advance in Final Phase of Design Competition to Make Sandy-Impacted Region More Resilient

November 14, 2013

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PopTech Presents Video of Talk by IPK Director Eric Klinenberg on "Going Solo"


Sociologist Eric Klinenberg discusses how a dramatic increase in living single is the biggest unnamed modern social trend and he deconstructs old myths about what that might mean.

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Superstorm Research Lab's recently published white paper is now available: A Tale of Two Sandys

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Public Culture a Winner of the 2013 CELJ Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement

Public Culture a Winner of the 2013 CELJ Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement  

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The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) has named Public Culture the 2013 co-winner of its Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement, given to journals that have launched an overall effort of revitalization or transformation within the previous three years. The other co-winner was Translation Reviewpublished by Routledge.

The Award was presented on January 11, 2014, at the Modern Language Association conference in Chicago. In their comments at the ceremony, the CELJ jurors had this to say:

Public Culture was already a respected and pathbreaking journal before its major revamp. Starting from a strong base, the new editor has clearly identified a set of changes with a clear and appropriate rationale which provide development upon existing practice rather than a radical departure from it. These new developments are successfully carried out, with a marked emphasis on accessibility and broader relevance. The interviews involve prominent scholars and reflect the broad, interdisciplinary focus of the journal. The style/design of both the print version and the website are excellent and there is a clear intention to reach out to a new audience. The editors show real passion for their mission. Overall, an impressive journal very clearly pitched towars a broad, interdisciplinary, and topical audience. 

Read more about the award and Public Culture's response here.

IPK Scholar Eyal Press Reports: "A Botched Operation" in the New Yorker

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Steven Brigham’s abortion clinics keep being sanctioned for offering substandard care. Why is he still in business? IPK Scholar, Eyal Press, reports on how the stigma and shame surrounding abortion enable substandard providers to thrive. Read "A Botched Operation" in the New Yorker.





Illustration by Tomer Hanuka.

NY1 Exclusive: Rebuild by Design Presents Ways to Protect City Against Climate Change

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Now on view: Video of our discussion with Thomas Piketty about his new book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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The democratic green city: From above and below

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