Academia and Disaster Planning

Jul 15, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

DUSP Lecturers Mary Anne Ocampo and Stephen Gray have written a new story on the Sasaki blog describing their recent class on disaster planning and alternative futures for south shore Long Island.  The class challenged graduate students to imagine new designs for the Massapequas, a community southeast of Levittown, New York, that is characterized by dense single-family suburban development, asking students to consider the site not only as a physical location, but also as a dynamic construct influenced by natural, cultur

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Establishing New Real Estate Development Frameworks for the Land Optioning and Assembly Process in Singapore

Jun 30, 2014. Posted by Jordan Pettis

Development projects ultimately create places in the built environment. As such, the developer should be concerned with the quality of spaces they create for those in the community to interact within. For this reason, a structural framework should be established to allow developers to understand the needs of the various communities in which they develop. The focus of Lawrence Bernard's (MCP'14) thesis is not upon traditional notions of community engagement, which is primarily focused on short-term decisions and development implications.

Playing in Place: What Planners can Learn from Play

Jun 30, 2014. Posted by Jordan Pettis

Gary Chan's (MCP '14) thesis examines play in the context of planning and place, arguing for play as a component of public participation practice. Public participation, though an integral part of Western contemporary planning practice, is largely viewed as lacking by academics, planning practitioners, and the public at large.

New Urban Manufacturing: Neo-Industrial Design in Louisville, Kentucky

Jun 30, 2014. Posted by Sandra Elliott

Christopher Rhie's (MCP/MSRED '14) thesis found that American manufacturing is experiencing a modest renaissance. U.S. firms are choosing to re-shore manufacturing jobs not out of their sense of patriotism, but because it makes good business sense. The costs of transportation and overseas labor are increasing, opening the door for domestic production. Political leaders are embracing the prospects for skilled, living wage jobs: President Obama has made manufacturing one of the central tenets of his economic recovery plan.

Planning for Simultaneous Transience and Stability: Neighborhood Transformations in Nabaa, Beirut

Jun 28, 2014. Posted by Jordan Pettis

Nabaa is one of the most marginalized neighborhoods of Beirut; it is abandoned by the public authorities and therefore lacks basic service provision. Due to its own history and to larger sociopolitical events impacting it, Nabaa has become home to a nationally, ethnically and religiously mixed population. The purpose of Tania El Alam's (MCP'14) thesis is to conceptualize urban planning in the context of population transience. It uncovers how communities negotiate their differences and diversities in their everyday life.

Chinese Gated Community: degree of openness and the social impacts

Jun 27, 2014. Posted by Jordan Pettis

Rong Chen's (MCP '14) thesis looks at the rise of contemporary gated communities in China- only gaining prominence over the past two decades, since the Housing Reform and market economy. Research on this field mainly criticizes Chinese gated community on their negative social impacts by directly borrowing arguments from the studies of Western gated communities, especially from the US counterparts. However, the socioeconomic connotation attached to gated communities in the US is not necessarily applicable to gating in the Chinese cases.

Boston’s Urban Wilds: The Persistence of an Idea Over Time

Jun 27, 2014. Posted by Jordan Pettis

Many city natural areas programs are constricted due to limited resources for the acquisition and management of land. Boston’s urban wilds offer an alternative model for the protection of urban open space that focuses on decentralized advocacy and activism rather than on a centralized city program. Caroline Bird's (MCP '14) thesis analyzed the forty-year history of the urban wilds, investigating how the idea first captured people’s attention and how advocates have kept it relevant over time in the face of political, economic, and social changes.

Designing Indian Streets as Social Public Spaces - Contextual design and planning in Bangalore

Jun 26, 2014. Posted by Sandra Elliott

Sneha Mandhan's (MCP '14) thesis explored how streets in India have traditionally been the public spaces around which social life has revolved. They constitute the urban public realm where people congregate, celebrate and interact. The hypothesis that forms the basis of this thesis is that there is a need to understand and design these urban streets as living corridors through which one perceives and understands the city, and the places where one has daily social encounters.

Innovating the City: Challenges and Opportunities in Establishing Incubators and Districts in Paris and Boston

Jun 26, 2014. Posted by Sandra Elliott

Karen Johnson's (MCP '14) thesis discovered that all over the world, local leaders are leveraging high-tech industry in their economic development strategies. Cities are encouraging the clustering of industries in specific sectors such as manufacturing, innovation, technology, and advanced services. In this effort to leverage distinctive strengths there has been a movement in cities to seed entrepreneurship as part of broader innovation and industial strategies.

"Places in the Making" to be used for NeighborWorks America training curriculum

Jun 20, 2014. Posted by Jordan Pettis

Lead author Susan Silberberg is pleased to announce that the DUSP whitepaper “Places in the Making: How placemaking builds places and communities” is to be included in training materials for community development professionals and activists. The NeighborWorks America Training Institute provides training to thousands of community development professionals and activists every year.