Future Housing: A Co-live Scenario

How can we redesign and rethink housing to better integrate the arrival of immigrants to their new city?

Recently I finished a one-year fellowship with Urban Design Forum investigating escalating housing issues in New York City. My teammates and I presented a co-live scenario as  Arrival House for future housing.

This project proposes a co-live scenario with integrated services for the early transition of new arrivals to New York City. It empowers new immigrants to achieve a sustained, enriched, and quality living experience.  We introduce the concept of co-living, regarding its historical precedents, current market, and potential opportunities for immigrant housing in NYC.


We prototype CO-LIVE as a new housing typology at the unit, building, and neighborhood scales with design principles and planning strategies. Finally, we validate this prototype by working collaboratively with a local housing advocacy organization for a proposed site in Richmond Hill, Queens.


For more information, please visit Urban Design Forum: Arrival House.

Bloomberg D4GX 2017 Immersion Day

In this September, I was awarded as an Immersion Fellow by Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange (D4GX) 2017. Every year, Bloomberg’s D4GX Immersion Day fellowship program explores how data science research in New York City’s universities can be used to impact the public sector.

This year’s focus was on governance and community-driven missions in major cities, including NYC, Philadelphia, Paris, and Bogotá, Colombia.

In this program, I worked with Grand Central Partnership (GCP), one of the largest business improvement districts in the world. As a data scientist, I explored the data generated from GCP’s daily operation and identified key insights and analytical routine for a better data-driven management.

Video Sources: Inside Bloomberg’s Youtube Channel


Foregin Policy Colloquium, Washington DC

Recently I was invited to attend Foreign Policy Colloquium (FPC) from May 30 to June 2 in Washington D.C. at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. FPC is an exclusive four-day program inviting 75 Chinese students and scholars from all top U.S. universities focusing on international cooperation and bilateral relations between U.S. and China.

FPC is held by National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR), who is the one of highest ranked organization on U.S.-China relations. The organization initiated the ‘Ping Pong Diplomacy’ during Nixon’s Administration and started the formal relation between U.S. and China. Till now NCUSCR has been playing a key role connecting two countries’ cooperation and communication from foreign policy to business.

Through this great even I had a chance to interact with key players in the American foreign policy arena, including current and former Administration officials and members of Congress. The speakers include well-known figures from academia, think tanks, media, business, lobbying groups, and the military, among others. We had a great opportunity to discuss current hot issues including global security, regional conflicts, policy, trade and finance, economic development, and technology innovation.

I also had the honor to attend a reception hosted by the China Embassy and met with Ambassador Cui Tiankai, who is a famous diplomat and current the Chinese Ambassador to the United States.



Through this event, I’ve also met great talented peers from other universities. Their majors include International Relation, Global Affairs, Law, Business, Public Policy, Economics, Finance, and Public Administration. I’ve had wonderful conversations and made many new friends based in New York City, Boston, Washington D.C. and California. With the common interest in U.S.-China cooperation, we hope to continue our conversation even after this event!

Forefront Fellow: Urban Design Forum

I’m glad to announce that I’m named to be one of Forefront Fellows by Urban Design Forum.

“Forefront is an annual program led by the Urban Design Forum dedicated to cultivating emerging leaders in urban design, development and policy.

Kate Larsen - 2017 Urban Design Forum Forefron Fellows

Each year, the Forum invites 20 individuals under the age of 40 to become Forefront Fellows. Fellows meet monthly to investigate critical issues facing New York City, develop design projects and policy papers, and receive feedback from their peers and established leaders in the field.

The theme for this year is Design for Arrival, which explores how urban design, development and technology can strengthen historic and emerging immigrant communities in New York City.”


We are selected by NYU C3 Program!

We got an official letter from NYU Campus Coding Collaborative (C3 Program)! We are the one of two projects selected by C3 among all the winning teams in HackNYU 2016.

The Campus Coding Collaborative (C3) cultivates opportunities for students by providing tools and guidance to create new technologies to enhance the University. It serves as an university R&D, allowing students, faculty, and administrators to collaboratively develop and test new solutions to university problems.

Project 100NYU is a online platform interacting with students to explore school activities. The project enhances student engagement with the university, and celebrates unique integration of NYU campus life with city life of NYC.