Street-Level Air Quality: Exploring the Feasibility of a Cyclist-Led, Crowdsourced Map in Singapore and Mexico

Jul 21, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

In her thesis, Amalia R. Holub (MCP '14) explores the feasibility of creating a street-level air quality map, whereby cyclists gather data through a participatory sensing process as they ride around the city. Two primary areas were studied: the state of the technology for portable air quality monitors, and the likelihood of cyclist participation in gathering data. Amalia conducted experiments in Singapore and Mexico City to determine whether a small, relatively inexpensive monitor can gauge variation in concentrations according to distance from traffic and route choice.

Transportation Data As Disruptive Innovation in Mexico City

Jul 17, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

Emily Eros (MCP '14) studied the growing ubiquity of affordable mobile phones and internet-capable devices and how some developing cities are collecting and compiling this data. Her thesis uses a 2013 data collection project to explore the potential impacts of transportation information on microbus regulators, owners/operators, and users. Her findings suggest that increased static information may increase government power with respect to microbus operators, particularly during franchising negotiations, but that it may offer limited benefits to users.

New SPURS Newsletter

Jun 28, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

DUSP's Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) has issued the 2014 edition of their group newsletter, including updates from the Director, coverage of the Abdulaziz Alkhedheiri Leadership Seminar and SPURS's collaboration with Roxbury Community College, an artlcle on Mobility Management in China, and more.  Click the link in the sidebar to download.

A Planning Paradigm for Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case Study of Tanzania

Jun 26, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

Sarah Dimson (MCP '14) investigated electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa, where a lack of clean electricity generation sources, poor electricity access and low levels of electricity consumption are profoundly stifling sustainable development.  This thesis presents a specialized investigation, in context of Tanzania, of the primary paradigmatic approaches to electrification – centralized, large-scale grid systems conceived through least-cost-planning; and decentralized, small-scale off-grid systems administered through entrepreneurial pilots.

Redefining the Typology of Land Use In the Age of Big Data

Jun 26, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

Liqun Chen (MCP '14) thesis concludes that land use classification is important as a standard for land use description and management.  However, current land use classification systems are problematic. Labels such as “residential use” and “commercial use” do not fully reveal how the land use is used in terms of function, mix use and changes over time. As a result, land use planning is often a natural prompt of segregation; Land use is poorly connected with other fields of urban studies such as transportation and energy consumption.

e4Dev Featured in World Bank Publication

May 02, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In 2013, with the support of the MIT Energy Initiative, DUSP students Yael Borofsky and Sarah Dimson launched "Energy for Human Development" (e4Dev), a platform for students, faculty, and practitioners to collaborate across disciplines around energy and human development issues in developing countries.

UrbanAfrica Launches New Website

Apr 21, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

UrbanAfrica, a student organization in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, has launched a new website, accessible here. The purpose of UrbanAfrica is to explore the complexity of urban development in African cities and discuss strategies for engagement. Thr group is constituted as a space to explore research and practice-based interests, generate academic discussion, and elevate the analysis of African cities within DUSP and MIT more broadly. 

Professor Rajagopal on "Humanity denied"

Mar 12, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Indian Express features an editorial by DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal entitled "Humanity Denied," on the topic of the country's 2013 manual scavenging law.  In summary, the law "does not go far enough."

SPURS/Humphrey Profile: Sandra Gutierrez Poizat

Feb 08, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

Interview with Sandra Gutierrez Poizat, 2013-2014 Humphrey Fellow, El Salvador

SPURS/Humphrey Profile: Latha Chhetri

Dec 18, 2013. Posted by Phil Sunde

Interview with Latha Chhetri, 2013-2014 Humphrey Fellow, Bhutan

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