Category: Enrique Silva

MET’s Enrique Silva Helps Organize BU Pardee Event

April 29th, 2014 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Discussions, Enrique Silva, Featured News Post, MET News

14-7687-LONGERRAN-107-e1397754845809Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Latin American Studies Program, and Initiative on Cities co-sponsored the event “Latin American Urban Experiences: Crisis, Creativity, and Renewal.” Held on April 19, 2014, and organized by Pardee Faculty Fellows Susan Eckstein and Enrique Silva—who is also assistant professor of city planning and urban affairs at MET—the event featured faculty and student panel presentations on life in Latin American cities. Using highway development in Chile as an example, Silva spoke about the ways strategic city planning impacts life in large urban areas. The event concluded with comments from former Boston mayor Thomas Menino, who now serves as co-director of BU’s Initiative on Cities.

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MET Professors Coauthor BU Today Article

April 28th, 2014 in BU Today Features, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Eugene Benson, Faculty News, Featured News Post, MET News


In “POV: Memo to Boston’s Mayor on How to Fight Inequality,” two Metropolitan College faculty members examine how Mayor Marty Walsh can keep his promises to fight inequality in Boston. Enrique R. Silva, assistant professor city planning and urban affairs, and Eugene B. Benson, adjunct professor of city planning and urban affairs at MET and adjunct clinical assistant professor of environmental health at BU’s School of Public Health, examine the mayor’s policies: “There is a lot riding on Marty Walsh’s first term as mayor of Boston…As we look to him for leadership on this dark cloud hanging over an otherwise shining city, the question that needs to be asked is whether the new mayor has the power to reduce inequities in Boston.”

Read the entire article on BU Today.

City Planning and Urban Affairs Students Plan a Sustainable Future

February 4th, 2014 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News

Enrique SilvaAssistant Professor of City Planning and Urban Affairs Enrique Silva led a graduate-level seminar called the Boston Urban Symposium in the spring of 2012. This course included collecting and analyzing background and demographic research, site feasibility and design, and writing grant and financing proposals—but the main objective of the course was to make a real difference in an economically distressed local neighborhood.

Partnering with the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC), the Symposium put forth a proposal for a future site that focused heavily on the use and benefits of urban agriculture. By the end of the spring 2012 semester, this proposal included a new community-friendly space, raised gardening beds, a tot lot, and a building to house classrooms and demonstration kitchens.

Concrete action has already taken place—on January 18th, the CSNDC along with Fairmount Indigo Corridor Collaborative, hosted the “Design Charette for the Oasis on Ballou Avenue,” in which several elements of the Symposium proposal were discussed.

Read the whole story at BostInno

Enrique Silva Quoted on WBZ News Radio

November 19th, 2013 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News

silvaAssistant Professor of Urban Affairs and City Planning Enrique Silva was quoted in “Going No where in Boston Traffic: Winding Streets and the Big Dig,” on WBZ News Radio 1030,
November 18.  Read more

MET’s Enrique Silva quoted in BU Today on Menino’s new post

November 14th, 2013 in Alumni News, BU Today Features, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News, Programs


As reported in BU Today, outgoing Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino (Hon.’01) will join BU in February as codirector of the University’s new Initiative on Cities (IoC). MET Assistant Professor of City Planning and Urban Affairs Enrique Silva was quoted in the article, referring to the IoC as a “very bold and sophisticated” initiative.

Read more: BU Today

Building Sustainable, Energy-Conservative Housing

November 6th, 2013 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News

silvaMET Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and City Planning Enrique Silva was featured in BU Today for his role in the Boston University Madison Park Housing Energy Efficiency project in Roxbury, Mass. Funded by grants from IBM and Wells Fargo, Silva joined Robert Kaufmann, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of earth and environment, Michael Gevelber, a College of Engineering associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Nalin Kulatilaka, the School of Management Wing Tat Lee Family Professor in Management, to research energy consumption among the buildings in Madison Park. The project’s objective is to provide better research findings in order to reduce the cost of energy.

Full article: BU Today

Silva published on the political tensions caused by public-private public works projects in Chile, 1990–2005

September 16th, 2013 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News

Enrique SilvaAssistant Professor of Urban Affairs and City Planning, Enrique Silva has authored “Managing the citizen: privatized public works and the bureaucratic management of citizenship in post-authoritarian Chile, 1990–2005” published by Taylor Francis, a leader in international academic works. Silva’s treatise focuses on the state bureaucracy charged with the daily management of large, urban infrastructure projects and the political tensions they generated, illustrating the messy, unpredictable translation of macro-state policies into micro-strategies of social management and definition of rights. Read the abstract at Taylor Francis Online

Madison Park Housing Energy Efficiency research project marked completion of the summer phase August 20, 2013

September 16th, 2013 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News

silvaThe Boston University Madison Park Housing Energy Efficiency project joined industry partners and the Madison Park Village community in Roxbury, MA, on August 20th to celebrate the end of the summer research phase. This initial stage consisted of base-line research to understand behavior patterns related to energy consumption in the community. The group’s ultimate objective is to provide improved information and incentives for both landlord and tenants in order to reduce the cost of energy and increase efficiency. MET was represented at the event by Enrique Silva—Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and City Planning, and one of four faculty members making up the BU team. Read more at BU’s Clean Energy & Environmental Sustainability Initiative

Patricia W. Chadwick Fund for Professional Development

March 20th, 2013 in Alumni News, Enrique Silva, Faculty News

Established by alumna Patricia W. Chadwick (MET’75) in 2010, the Patricia W. Chadwick Fund for Professional Development celebrates the dedication of Metropolitan College’s faculty and staff members. The permanently endowed fund provides annual grants for professional development opportunities to one faculty and one staff member who exemplify a high level of service and commitment to MET and its students.

This fellowship recognizes the members of Metropolitan College’s faculty and staff who often serve as “angels” to students seeking advice and counsel, and honors the memory of Ms. Chadwick’s own angel, Annie Martindale, an academic counselor at the College.

Hear from previous Chadwick Fellowship winners:
Rob Haley
Barbara Rotger
Danielle Rousseau
Rich Maloney
Elena Garafoli

Chadwick Fellows 2015–2016

Recipients of the 2015–2016 Chadwick Fellowship are:

Faculty: Lecturer in Gastronomy Karen Metheny (GRS’02)

The award will fund work on Dr. Metheny’s project, “The Cultural ‘Other’ in Colonial New England: The Duality of Maize.” This multidisciplinary study of maize and its significance to New England colonists will challenge its portrayal as a famine food or poor substitute for wheat. The Chadwick Fellowship will allow Metheny to conduct archival research at a number of New England historical societies and will enhance teaching materials for a number of Gastronomy classes.

Staff: Distance Education Senior Media Producer Ed Wozniak (COM’06)

The award will fund Wozniak’s exploration of “Best Practices and Relationship Building in Media Production,” with the specific purpose of developing the expertise needed to establish a more accessible online environment in distance learning programs. Wozniak will spend a week “shadowing” the director of media services at the University of Wisconsin–Extension, while also attending the University’s Distance Teaching and Learning Conference.

Chadwick Fellows 2014–2015

garafoli-rousseau Recipients of the 2014–2015 Chadwick Fellowship are:

Faculty: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Danielle Rousseau

The award will fund two qualitative research trips to Haiti to evaluate the cultural translation, adaptation, and implementation of a Trauma-Informed Mind-Body (TIMBo) program developed in response to gender-based violence following the 2010 earthquake. Read more about Rousseau’s ongoing efforts in Haiti in Metropolitan’s Commencement 2013 issue.

Staff: Distance Education Senior Instructional Designer Elena Garofoli (SED’78)

The award will fund purchase of Google Glass technology and travel costs to New York for a product fitting at Glass Base Camp. Garafoli will investigate how the wearable technology—which overlays one’s field of vision with relevant data projected directly onto the retina via tiny camera and prism—can be utilized for innovative online courses.

Chadwick Fellows 2013–2014

Faculty member Richard Maloney (MET’00), assistant professor and assistant director of arts administration, participated in a two-week residency at Goldsmiths College (University of London), in order to conduct research and present on the cultural revitalization efforts of two London suburbs. The resulting case studies will complement existing research on new economic development strategies aimed at reinvigorating municipal tax bases—in addition, the project served to strengthen the relationship between the arts administration programs at Boston University and Goldsmiths College.

Staff member Barbara Rotger (MET’11), administrative coordinator of the MLA in Gastronomy program, attended Digital Humanities 2013, the annual conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, as part of her efforts to expand on a scholarly resource project focused on recipe boxes and recipe scrapbooks she first began as a student in MET’s gastronomy program, and now continues as a staff member. The skills obtained at this conference have enabled her to create a permanent digital database to serve as a valuable resource for future graduate students. She plans to write a grant proposal for further research through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Chadwick Fellows 2012–2013

Faculty member Rachel Black, assistant professor and coordinator of MET’s Gastronomy program, used her funds to attend the Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto. The annual conference gathers educators, planners, social housing advocates, and government agencies, to discuss the latest trends in urban architecture.

Black took advantage of the opportunity to share news of the work being done at Boston University. The open exchange of experiences and ideas continue to inform her teaching and research activities.

Staff member Nancy Ahern, assistant director of MET’s Center for Professional Education, participated in a blended learning program at the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning, which is sponsored by Penn State and The Sloan Consortium.

Ahern applies the skills and knowledge acquired through her studies toward programming for faculty development at MET’s Center for Professional Education. In keeping abreast of current trends in technology, she shares new educational techniques, technologies, and media with CPE faculty, mentoring them in the art of online instruction.

Chadwick Fellows 2011–2012

Faculty member Enrique R. Silva, PhD, assistant professor of city planning and urban affairs, was awarded a fellowship to support his project, “Connecting the Dots: Haiti and the Multiple Sites of Planning Research and Pedagogy.”

Having been engaged in planning and reconstruction efforts in Haiti since the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Silva used his Chadwick funds as a bridge grant for travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as well as Miami and Washington, D.C, toward a larger grant proposal for long-term research and course development on post-disaster planning in Haiti.

Staff member Robert Haley, senior media producer for Distance Education, used his funds to create an “Online Student Video Series,” documenting the lives of four current online students. In separate video essays for each subject, Haley portrays how distance learners manage to balance their studies and their day-to-day responsibilities.

Haley’s project provides valuable feedback to course planners and instructors, about the demands and challenges faced by adult learners. Participants included the communications director for an Illinois state representative, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; the musical director for Cirque de Soleil’s “O” show in Las Vegas, Nevada; an air traffic control officer in the United States Navy, in Norfolk, Virginia; and an IT instructor at a school of business and technology, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. You can watch these video essays below:

MET Professor Enrique Silva Oversees the Mirebalais Planning Initiative in Haiti

March 1st, 2013 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Enrique Silva, Faculty News, MET News


Metropolitan College Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and City Planning Enrique Silva is lead principal investigator on the Mirebalais Planning Initiative (MPI), a project resulting from a partnership between Boston University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the University of the West Indies. The $150,000 project is partially funded by a $75,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation.

Intended to expand community leadership in Mirebalais, Haiti, in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the goal of the MPI is to galvanize local community associations, residents, and municipal authorities around planning, economic and human development projects. Projects focusing on concrete priorities such as solid waste management and the impact  of the Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante Mirebalais Teaching Hospital will demonstrate the possibility of municipal-led planning and innovation in Haiti—and provide the groundwork for continued municipal leadership in the development of the infrastructure and resources of post-quake Haiti.

Silva will be coordinating the partner institutions, and overseeing a series of community workshops intended to expand local institutional capacity and encourage the engagement of citizens in planning and community decision-making. The first workshop will focus on solid waste management and water. The MPI and its workshops will benefit from the participation of BU faculty who can contribute valuable subject matter expertise.

Silva was the first faculty member to receive a fellowship from MET’s Patricia W. Chadwick (MET’75) Fund for Professional Development, for his proposal “Connecting the Dots: Haiti and the Multiple Sites of Planning Research and Pedagogy.” Silva used the award to pursue the financial resources necessary for longer-term engagement in Haiti, securing the funding from the Kellogg Foundation for the MPI collaboration.