Laxmi Ramasubramanian: Governance in the Age of Big Data: Spatial Citizenship and the Future of Planning

Spring 2014 International Studies in Planning Lecture Series

Laxmi Ramasubramanian is an architect and urban planner by training and is an associate professor of urban planning and design at Hunter College, CUNY. She is a member of the doctoral faculties in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She serves as Deputy Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities. Ramasubramanian directs the newly created Urban Sustainability Extension Service (USES), a community-university partnership program focused on solving contemporary problems using evidence-based research. USES emphasize participatory planning, low cost interventions, and highly customized solutions that are carefully aligned to address stakeholders’ needs and interests. It is a program focused on engaging a variety of community stakeholders in solving complex problems. She is currently working on a federally funded project about visualizing travel behavior and mobility barriers of low income people. She received her B.Arch. from the University of Madras, an M.Arch. from Anna University, India, an M.C.P. from MIT; and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.