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Aug 02, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In her MCP thesis, "Fluid Dynamics: Politics and Social Struggle in São Paulo's Water Crisis (2014–2015)," Isadora Araujo Cruxen (MCP 2016) used social movement theory to make sense of -- and learn from -- the 2013 drought and ensuing water crisis in Brazil's largest city, São Paulo.

Aug 01, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In order to effectively adapt to climate change, public officials and other stakeholders need to rapidly enhance their understanding of local risks and their ability to collaboratively and adaptively respond to them.

Jul 27, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

We are saddened to report the news that Professor Emerita Judith Tendler passed away on July 25, 2016.

Judith Tendler was a development economist with an institutional bent. Starting in 1984, she served as Professor of Political Economy in the International Development Group of the Department of Urban Studies & Planning at MIT.

Jul 27, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

New class offers urban planners tools to explore the intersection of city planning and public health.

Jul 20, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

This past semester, Dr. Max Woodworth visited DUSP's STL Lab to deliver a lecture entitled “Ghost Cities: the Role of Citizens and the Government.”

Jul 19, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab), in conjunction with the Center for Real Estate (CRE) and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), has announced its second round of faculty research grants, awarding $1.1 million to nine MIT researchers and their teams.

Named after alumnus and global real estate developer Samuel Tak Lee ’62, SM ’64, the STL Lab promotes social responsibility among entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the real estate profession worldwide, with a particular focus on China.

Jul 15, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

This winter, China released its 13th “Five-Year Plan,” a socioeconomic blueprint for designing the country’s future. Alongside measures to improve per capita income, life expectancy, air and water quality, innovation, and other initiatives to build a healthier and more prosperous society, the plan also calls for “new-type urbanization.”

Jul 14, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Art has always been a tool for self-expression, but what if it could unlock people’s ambitions and their vision of how they can better themselves and their communities?

A new project by SPURS Fellow Eirik Trondsen call Affirmative Art explores this question.  The effort is profiled in a story -- and video -- on the Alumni Association's Slice of MIT page.

Jul 14, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Oxford University Press has published a new book by DUSP Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes, entitled The Cultures of Markets: The Political Economy of Climate Governance.  From the publisher's description:

Jul 14, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

New book by Senseable City Lab researchers presents vision of data-driven urban design.

Cities can be confusing, messy places. Traffic jams make it hard to get around. Public transit can be puzzling. Trash piles up. So what can make cities function better?

Jun 21, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) seeks outstanding faculty candidates for multiple positions. We are looking for individuals who can enhance our efforts to improve the quality of life in and resilience of the world’s urban regions through planning, design, and policymaking. We are especially interested in candidates who have expertise in the study of countries and regions of the Global South.

Jun 16, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In her MCP thesis, "Learning through Competition: Resilience on the Jersey Shore after Rebuild By Design," Catherine Ferrara (MCP 2016) examined the effects of design competitions on efforts to rebuild the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy.

Jun 13, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Imagine your city as it might be in the not-so-distant future.

Transportation in this city is various, pleasant, and low-impact. There are safe and efficient bike lanes, and anyone can order a cheap ride from an autonomous, minimal-emissions vehicle. Because fewer people drive, and almost no one idles in traffic, air quality is high. There are plenty of parks and open spaces because cars are less prevalent. Life in your city is happy, healthy, and sustainable. Your city is, above all, a smart city.

Jun 09, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

An essay by DUSP Professor Larry Vale and PhD Student Nick Kelly kicks off the latest debate in NYU's "The Dream Revisited" series.  The article, entitled "From Public Housing to Vouchers: No Easy Pathway out of Poverty," discusses the history of research and practice aimed at ending persistent poverty.

Jun 08, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In her MCP thesis, "The Shape of Segregation: The Role of Urban Form in Immigrant Assimilation," Arianna Salazar Miranda (MCP 2016) dug down to examine and analyze the dynamics of residential segregation in immigrant communities.

Jun 07, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Hot off the (virtual) presses: the latest issue of Projections, the MIT Journal of Planning.  Volume 12 focuses on a renewed engagement between Law and Planning:

Jun 07, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

DUSP Professor Sarah Williams was recently interviewed for a profile on MIT's ILP Insider.  In the post she discusses how her work use crowd-sourcing to produces real-time information on human behavior.

Jun 03, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala MCP ’78, PhD ’81 encourages graduates to tackle pressing issues.

DUSP alumna and former Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (MCP ’78, PhD ’81) urged MIT’s newly minted doctoral graduates to solve “the world’s toughest challenges,” in a keynote speech at the Institute’s 2016 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods on Thursday.

Jun 02, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

At the Departmental Commencement Lunch on June 2, 2016, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Sara Newman (MCP 1992) as our Commencement Speaker.  Sara is the Director of the Office of Public Health at the National Park Service.

In addition to hearing from Sara, the following year-end awards were announced at the lunch.

Departmental Awards

Jun 01, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In January, 2016, the department held a "DUSPx: San Francisco Connections" event, bringing together alumni/ae from the Bay Area to share their work and to renew and update connections with their classmates and colleagues.

The evening was the third in a series of "DUSPx" events established to promote the exchange of ideas and to foster connections among DUSP alumni/ae and with current faculty and students. It followed similar events in New York and Los Angeles.

May 31, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

A seminar explores inequality through conversations in Massachusetts’ largest prison.

Each Friday morning this semester, the 24 students in MIT course 11.469 (Urban Sociology) have traveled one of two routes to class.

Half of them gather at 6:50 a.m Cambridge, Massachusetts, clamber into a rented van for an hour-long drive, and then make their way through a lengthy security screening. The other 12 take a short walk — from their cells.

May 29, 2016. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

The Boston Chinatown Atlas, a 15-year effort by Prof Tunney Lee, documents the origins of the Chinese in Boston and how they built Chinatown. Formerly displayed as banners, the maps, photos and elevation renderings it is now part of an interactive new website.

Lee’s research team included architect Randall Imai, CHSNE member David Chang, MIT students and many others.

The Chinatown Atlas can be viewed at http://chinatownatlas.mit.edu/.

May 24, 2016. Posted by Linda Shi

In a new research article published in May 2016 by the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER), eight current and former DUSP researchers present the results of a large empirical study examining the equity impacts of land use planning for urban climate adaptation in the Global North and South.

May 24, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

The Spring 2016 issue of DUSP's Environmental Policy and Planning Newsletter is now available.

May 19, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Second annual conference looks at MIT’s progress toward sustainability goals, and what remains to be done

SustainabilityConnect 2016, the second annual conference sponsored by MIT’s Office of Sustainability, embraced the local and the global in equal measure. Held on May 9 in the newly renovated Building E52, the conference drew faculty, students, and staff from across the Institute and addressed issues ranging from rising sea levels to greenhouse gas emissions, from green labs to an MIT roof study.

May 18, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

 Well-functioning markets thrive on risk and deciding how to value it, but to assess risk, markets rely on knowing what they don’t know. Uncertainty, or not knowing how much risk is present, is a market killer.

One tool markets use to help quantify uncertainty and turn unknowns into risks is the index, a method of measuring the value of a defined section of a market. Long a staple of stock markets — think of the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the S&P 500 — indices enable markets to better value risk and, therefore, to make better decisions.

May 17, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Larry Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, was recognized for his many contributions to lives of his students and advisees. He received the Graduate Teaching Award, presented at the 2016 MIT Awards Convocation. Professor Susskind's nomination included 25 letters of support from graduate advisees in 2015 and 2016. Students praised his devotion to his students' academic, personal, and long-term success.

May 11, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

DUSP Professor Larry Vale was a special guest on NPR's "Planet Money," exploring the fascinating (and distressing) question, "Why Does Random Chance Decide Who Gets Housing Subsidies?"

LARRY VALE: The costs of expanding housing vouchers or finding other ways of deeply subsidizing housing are not so astronomical. So this is a deliberate choice to stop short of trying to meet that need.

May 04, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

New app from MIT researchers gathers rider feedback to improve Boston bus service.

Crowdsourced data may soon improve commutes for Boston residents who ride the Silver Line bus.

May 02, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Professor Brent Ryan was recently interviewed for a profile feature in the ILP Insider.  In the article, he envisions revitalized industrial cities with a focus on practicality and resilience.

Apr 29, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

MIT has named its Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) in honor of Norman B. Leventhal '38, a visionary developer and philanthropist at the center of Boston’s postwar revival. A life member emeritus of the MIT Corporation who died last year, Mr. Leventhal was a vital member of the MIT community for three-quarters of a century.

The center was officially named the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism today at a signing ceremony attended by Alan and Sherry Leventhal and other members of Norman Leventhal’s extended family.

Apr 28, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Engineers are master problem solvers; however, many struggle to navigate the complicated, interpersonal dilemmas presented by high-stakes negotiations.

Apr 27, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

On the global stage, cities may be where the spotlight often falls — but the suburbs are where the action is.

That somewhat counterintuitive reality was the subject of a two-day conference entitled “The Future of Suburbia,” hosted recently by the Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU). The event brought together scholars and practitioners from a range of institutions and disciplines to share perspectives on trends in suburban city forms, while considering how designers and planners could help make them more productive, equitable, and ecologically sound in the decades to come.

Apr 27, 2016. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

DUSP alumna Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will be the guest speaker at the June 2 ceremony.

Apr 23, 2016 - 11:00 AM
 
Apr 13, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

"MIT2016: Celebrating a century in Cambridge" commemorates the Institute’s 1916 move from Boston’s Back Bay as it honors MIT’s special relationship with the City of Cambridge and looks toward the frontiers of the future. We invite community members and friends to join us this spring for academic and celebratory programming from February 29 to June 4. On Saturday, April 23, the entire campus will be open for a day-long participatory Open House, including the following special activities sponsored by DUSP and the School of Architecture and Planning: 

Apr 11, 2016. Posted by Nseabasi Esema

What do you know about banking? Do you know what your bank does with your money? The recent financial crisis highlighted some of the most fundamental issues with the mainstream banking system.

This online Edx course looks into banks that operate differently, namely, “just banks" that use capital and finance as a tool to address social and ecological challenges.

It is for anyone who wants to understand the unique role banks play as intermediaries in our economy and how they can leverage that position to produce positive social, environmental, and economic change.

Apr 20, 2016 - 6:30 PM
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Apr 07, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In the early 1990s, the Central Park 5 case divided the nation across racial and class lines. Five young men, four Black and one Latino, were held up as symbols of the inherent brutality and criminality of black and brown skin. Although they were guilty of no crime, they were tried and convicted in the court of law and public opinion of the brutal rape of a white investment banker. Their exoneration received little press coverage.

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Apr 06, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Mr. Zhao Yanjing graduated from Chongqing University and obtained his doctorate from the Planning and Geography School at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. He became the Director of Xiamen Planning Bureau in 2004. Since 1984, Mr. Zhao served at the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design and has acted as the Director of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design Xiamen and as Vice Chief Planner of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design.

Apr 08, 2016 - 9:00 AM
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Apr 05, 2016. Posted by Carlos Sainz Caccia

Spring 2016 Real Estate Career Day is a joint effort between MIT and Harvard. This opportunity, exclusive to graduate students of these two institutions, offers students the chance to engage with industry leaders through networking, panel presentations, and roundtable discussions.

Apr 20, 2016 - 6:00 PM
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Apr 04, 2016. Posted by Carlos Sainz Caccia

Hear from DUSP alumnae/i from the City Design and Development group about their career paths and DUSP experience, and enjoy dinner and informal conversation

Apr 04, 2016. Posted by Darren Bennett

For the second year in a row, MIT has been named the top university in the world for architecture/built environment in the latest subject rankings from QS World University Rankings. In art and design, the Institute ranked No. 2 globally, a jump from fourth position in 2015. Ten other subject areas at MIT were ranked number one.

Apr 04, 2016. Posted by Selene Victor

3 of 12 teams who won awards at the 2016 IDEAS Global Challenge are from DUSP and SPURS:

  • Sera Tolgay and Sezen Genc, "Muhit" (Turkey):  Digitizing Turkey's muhtar system to allow for collaboration with citizens in city-making.
  • Rebecca Hui, "Roots Studio" (India):  Connecting rural artists to consumers by uploading their art for licensing into an online repository.
  • David Chin-Fei Wang, "Bamboo Bicycles Beijing" (China): Combating motorization in China by empowering youth to design their own mobility solutions. 

 

Apr 01, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Corinna Li has been selected as one the nation’s top graduate students in transportation as part of the 2016 Eno Future Leaders Development Conference.

Mar 31, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In his MCP thesis, "Beyond the Resource Curse: Mineral Resources and Development in Guinea-Conakry," Thierno Amadou Diallo (MCP 2015) explored the relationships between mineral resources and socioeconomic development and examined the role of strategic infrastructure development in overcoming the so-called "resource curse" in resource-rich countries, through a case study of Guinea-Conakry.

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:00 AM
 
Mar 31, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

CityDays is a series of one-day volunteer opportunities for all members of the MIT community, run by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. On April 19, CityDays: MIT2016 will mobilize 500 MIT community members to engage with the Cambridge and Greater Boston community by volunteering with neighborhood agencies.

Apr 04, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Mar 28, 2016. Posted by Selene Victor

Join us for the 3rd in the City Design and Development Forum Spring semester series will take place on Monday, April 4 at 12:30 PM in room 10-485.

Mar 28, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

As part of UN World Water Day, MIT CAU’s project on stormwater constructed wetlands was featured in the White House Water Summit’s Fact Sheet, which profiles important commitments made by stakeholders around the country to push forward water security.

Mar 29, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-450: Samuel Tak Lee...  
Mar 23, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Sai Balakrishnan "is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor in International Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, and served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Columbia Law School's Center on Global Legal Transformations." from her webpage at http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/people/sai-balakrishnan.html

Mar 18, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Every year, emergency food aid is provided to millions of people worldwide, but the process of getting food from a farmer’s field to the communities that need it can be challenging.  Food aid often becomes infested or spoiled during transit due to hot and humid climates, long transit times, and poor warehousing.  To address this challenge, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up with the US Agency for International Development’s Food for Peace program to evaluate and improve the current food aid supply chain. This winter, MIT graduate students Prithvi Sundar

Mar 17, 2016. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

Researchers at DUSP, the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETHZ), and the Italian National Research Council (CNR) have developed slot-based intersections that could replace traditional traffic lights, significantly reducing queues and delays. This idea is based on a scenario where sensor-laden vehicles pass through intersections by communicating and remaining at a safe distance from each other, rather than grinding to a halt at traffic lights.

Mar 30, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Mar 16, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Dr. WANG Shifu is a Fulbright scholar at MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He is professor and chair of the Urban Planning Department at South China University of Technology. His research and teaching areas include urbanization studies and urban design, with a primary focus on theories and methods of planning practice. He authored the book "Implementation Oriented Urban Design" (2005). Dr. Wang works as an urban planner and city designer on projects, including different scales of strategy and/or physical planning.

Mar 10, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

A new exhibit on display in the Okawa Lobby of the MIT Media Lab explores "The Future of Suburbia."  Major goals of the work are to expose the nuance and complexity of the suburban condition, visually document suburbanization around the world, and produce four design frameworks for future suburban conditions. The four frameworks describe a future of suburbia that is heterogeneous, experimental, autonomous, and productive.

Mar 30, 2016 - 12:00 PM
Kresge Auditorium  
Mar 10, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Designing Places for Inventing the Future:

The Campus—Then, Now, Next

Leaders in campus design and innovation will share ideas on the past, present, and future, as well as MIT’s role as an innovative campus.  See http://mit2016.mit.edu/symposia/campus for more info.

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-450: Samuel Tak Lee...  
Mar 10, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Richard Thompson Ford "An expert on civil rights and anti-discrimination law, Richard Thompson Ford has distinguished himself as an insightful voice and compelling writer on questions of race and multiculturalism. His scholarship combines social criticism and legal analysis and he writes for both popular readers and for academic and legal specialists." from his webpage http://richardtford.law.stanford.edu/bio/

Mar 04, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

This Spring semester students and faculty at DUSP are hard at work around the world in studio and practicum classes.  Below is a quick summary of some of the places we are working, and the challenges we are tackling:

Malaysia Sustainable Cities Practicum:

Mar 04, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In her MCP thesis, "Pipe Dream: Why Utah’s Water Managers Continue to Prioritize Supply-side Solutions," Chloe Schaefer (MCP 2015) dug down to analyze the politics and policy of water resources management in Utah.

Mar 08, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Mar 03, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Speaker: Luis Eslava "works in the areas of International Law, International Legal Theory and History, Anthropology of International Law, Public Law, Law and Development, Theory of Property, and Urban Law and Politics." from his webpage at the Kent Law School, University of Kent. His talk is titled "Global Ordering and City-Making: International Legality and Illegality in Bogota."

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:30 PM
 
Feb 26, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde

Cancelled - Richard Thompson Ford will not be able to speak due to scheduling issues.  "An expert on civil rights and anti-discrimination law, Richard Thompson Ford has distinguished himself as an insightful voice and compelling writer on questions of race and multiculturalism. His scholarship combines social criticism and legal analysis and he writes for both popular readers and for academic and legal specialists." from his webpage http://richardtford.law.stanford.edu/bio/ We hope to invite him to a future event.

Mar 15, 2016 - 12:30 PM
 
Feb 26, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde

Speaker: D. Asher Ghertner "I am an interdisciplinary geographer interested in the technologies and tactics through which mass displacement is conceived, justified and enacted. My research uses the contemporary politics of urban renewal in India to challenge conventional theories of economic transition, city planning, and political rule." from his webpage at http://geography.rutgers.edu/people/faculty-core/44-people/faculty/85-fa...

Mar 09, 2016 - 1:00 PM
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Feb 25, 2016. Posted by Sue Delaney
Apr 05, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Feb 22, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde

Mariana Valverde: "Currently, my main research interests are: urban law and governance (historically and in the present), and, at the theoretical level, Foucault, sexuality studies, theories of spatiotemporality, and actor-network theory. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 2006, I am the author of six sole-authored books, six co-edited collections, about 50 refereed journal articles, and various research reports and popular publications. I have twice won the Law and Society Association's Jacob award, its main book prize. .

Mar 29, 2016 - 12:30 PM
 
Feb 22, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde

Sai Balakrishnan "is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor in International Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, and served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Columbia Law School's Center on Global Legal Transformations." from her webpage at http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/people/sai-balakrishnan.html

Mar 17, 2016 - 12:30 PM
 
Feb 22, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde

Speaker: Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. "Her research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions.

Apr 12, 2016 - 12:30 PM
 
Feb 22, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde

Prof. Oren Yiftachel teaches political geography, urban planning and public policy at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Yiftachel is one of the main critical geographers and social scientists working in Israel.

May 03, 2016 - 12:30 PM
 
Feb 22, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde

"Sheila R. Foster is University Professor and the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law at Fordham University. She is also the faculty co-director of the Fordham Urban Law Center. . . . Professor Foster is the author of numerous publications on land use, environmental law, and antidiscrimination law.

Feb 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM
 
Feb 22, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde
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Feb 22, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde
Feb 22, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline: May 2, 2016.

Purpose.  In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes:

Feb 12, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In her MCP thesis, "Governance at the Margins," Smita Rawoot (MCP 2015) analyzed the challenge of implementing slum housing policy in Maharashtra, India.

Feb 12, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

This spring, during the months of February and March, the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program 2015-2015 Scholars will present their research conducted in Malaysia during the fall of 2015. Dates for the presentations include:

Monday, February 22nd

Wednesday, February 24th

Monday, February 29th

Mar 16, 2016 - 5:30 PM
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Feb 10, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

In the final MSCP Scholar Speaker Series, Dr. Yin Soriya, a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and 2015-2015 MSCP Scholar will present his findings of his research on sustainable urban tourism in the state of Johor, in a presentation entitled, Sustainable City Tourism in Developing Countries the Case from Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Mar 09, 2016 - 5:30 PM
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Feb 10, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

For the first March MSCP Scholar Speaker Series, Dr. Norsidah Ujang, an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Universiti Putra, Malaysia and 2015-2015 MSCP Scholar will present her research studying the social implications of the proposed redevelopment of the Kampong Bharu neighborhood in Kuala Lumpur, in a presentation entitled, Implications of Proposed Redevelopment on Local Identity The Case of Kampong Bharu, Kuala Lumpur.

Feb 29, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Long Lounge  
Feb 10, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

In the final February MSCP Scholar Speaker Series, Dr.

Feb 24, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Long Lounge  
Feb 10, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

In this MSCP Scholar Speaker Series, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Isiaka Adeyemi, a Senior Lecturer, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola, Nigeria, and a 2015-2016 MSCP Scholar, will elaborate on his research on low-carbon initiatives and pathways for new, low CO2 development in Kuala Lumpur in a presentation entitled Pathway for Low Carbon Development in Kuala Lumpur Towards a Sustainable City.

Feb 22, 2016 - 5:30 PM
Long Lounge  
Feb 10, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Dr. Tej Kumar Karki, an Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China and a 2015-2016 MSCP Scholar, will present  his research on flood disaster mitigation and preparedness in Johor state, titled Understanding Barriers to Coping and Adaptive Capacity of People Living in Flood Prone Malaysian Cities.

Mar 08, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Feb 09, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde

Luis Eslava "works in the areas of International Law, International Legal Theory and History, Anthropology of International Law, Public Law, Law and Development, Theory of Property, and Urban Law and Politics." from his webpage at the Kent Law School, University of Kent. His talk is titled: Global Ordering and City-Making: International Legality and Illegality in Bogotá

Feb 23, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Feb 09, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde

‘Land Use’, Planning, and the ‘Difficulty Character of Property’

Prof Nicholas Blomley is a legal geographer with a particular interest in property in land. His previous work has traced the work of property in many conflicts and social relations, including gentrification, urban gardening, the municipal regulation of panhandling and, most recently, indigenous-state treaties. Prof Blomley’s scholarly work brings together philosophical pragmatism and performativity theory to take seriously the enactments of property.

Feb 24, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Feb 09, 2016. Posted by Selene Victor

The 2nd in the City Design and Development Forum Spring semester series will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 12:30 PM in room 10-485.

Bryan Bell will be speaking on the topic of Public Interest Design:

Mar 10, 2016 - 12:30 PM
 
Feb 04, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara
Alnoor Ebrahim, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School
Feb 08, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Feb 03, 2016. Posted by Selene Victor

The first City Design and Development Forum of the Spring semester will take place on Monday, Feb. 8 at 12:30 PM in room 10-485.

The lecture will be on Nina Rappaport's Vertical Urban Factory

About the speaker:
Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. For over sixteen years she has been publications director at Yale School of Architecture, for which she edits the bi-annual magazine Constructs, exhibition catalogs, and the studio books series.

Feb 01, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Nature Climate Change recently published a paper proposing new areas of research on justice in climate adaptation, which emerged from the "Remembering JoAnn Carmin" memorial symposium MIT-DUSP held in December 2014. We are deeply grateful to those of you who participated in the symposium, and to my incredible team of co-authors. We hope you find this effort to honor JoAnn to be a helpful contribution, and look forward to continued discussion and collaboration.

Mar 02, 2016 - 5:00 PM
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Jan 28, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Four School + APA Planning Symposium / "Planning Practice: Projects and Partnerships"

Jan 19, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Researchers have long believed that living in high-poverty neighborhoods makes people more likely to suffer debilitating health problems. Now a newly-published study co-authored by a DUSP professor suggests a corollary: Families that live in high-poverty neighborhoods and whose children have health problems find it harder to move out of poverty, too.

Jan 15, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

At the 2016 meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), a team from MIT -- including DUSP Professor Chris Zegras, Fang Zhao, Francisco Camara, Rudi Ball, Youngsun Kim (SMART FM), Yafei Han (DUSP alum and MIT-CEE PhD Candidate), and CEE Professor Moshe Ben-Akiva -- were recognized with the Pyke Johnson Award for their paper, "Exploratory Analysis of a Smartphone-Based Travel Survey in Singapore":

Jan 15, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Hot off the presses, the latest publication from SA+P Press showcases over ten years worth of MIT/DUSP studios, practica, and workshops.  In these 128-pages you can read about student work around the country and around the globe – from the neighborhoods of Boston to the streets of Beijing, from Maine to Manila, from the Salton Sea to Singapore.er of print copies as well if you need them.)

Jan 15, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The STL Lab has engaged the services of MIT’s Game Lab to create a real estate game as part of the Mission Curriculum.  The prime objective of the educational game is to introduce the concept of socially responsible real estate entrepreneurship to young students between the ages of 16 and 22.  The core message of the game is to demonstrate that the best strategy for maximizing long-term profit from investing in real estate is to invest adequately in public goods.  Following situations in China, our current understanding is that real estate developers are often responsible for constructing p

Jan 15, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Stanford Anderson, professor of history and architecture and a former head of the Department of Architecture died on Jan. 5. He was 81.

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:30 AM
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Jan 14, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Taking action on climate change has become a dominating issue—globally, nationally, locally and even here at MIT. Yet so many questions remain. How much and how quickly will climate change? How will these changes manifest and where? What are the greatest risks posed by a changing climate and how likely are these worst-case outcomes? What is the science behind climate change, and how can basic research inform our efforts to avert, mitigate and adapt to its impacts?

Jan 10, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

In their recent article, Playing ‘serious games,’ adults learn to solve thorny real-world problems, Professor Larry Susskind and PhD Candidate Ella Kim examine the benefits of using serious games to enhance scientific understanding, identify common interests and catalyze collaboration among stakeholders.

Jan 08, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In her MCP thesis, "Cal-Adapt and the Usability of Climate Adaptation Tools," Melissa Deas (MCP 2015) explored the policy implications of how we understand and visualize climate change.

Jan 27, 2016 - 7:00 PM
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Jan 08, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States---he's spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. Herman's House is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell.

Jan 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM
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Jan 06, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

This cinema-verite documentary captures daily life at the Ida B. Wells public housing development in Chicago. The film illustrates some of the experiences of people living in conditions of extreme poverty, including the work of the tenants council, street life, the role of police, job training, drug education, teenage mothers, dysfunctional families, elderly residents, nursery school, and after school teenage programs.

Jan 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM
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Jan 05, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Desperate, broken men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local pastor risks everything to help them. Winner, Special Jury Award for Intuitive Filmmaking: Documentary, 2014 Sundance Film Festival. "Might bring tears to your eyes... a blue-collar meditation on the meaning of community and the imperative of compassion.'' ---Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times.

Jan 13, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Dec 07, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

Please join us for a roundtable discussion with Dr. TING SHAO, a Tomorrow Foundation Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Nov 23, 2015. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

Jennifer Light studies how Cold War military analysis and New Deal resource analysis shaped cities.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office 
November 23, 2015

Nov 18, 2015 - 4:00 PM
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Nov 17, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

Join us for a talk by the SENSEable City Lab about the role and impact of Data Visualization in the Lab???s work.

Nov 20, 2015 - 12:30 PM
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Nov 17, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

Talk on "Colonizing Landscapes"

Nov 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM
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Nov 13, 2015. Posted by Selene Victor
Nov 23, 2015 - 12:30 PM
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Nov 11, 2015. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT has announced its 2016 product evaluations.

The interdisciplinary program will bring together faculty and students from across MIT to evaluate at least three new types of products being used by people in developing countries, including solar water pumps, food aid packaging, and wheelchairs.

Nov 18, 2015 - 3:00 PM
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Nov 06, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

Please join us for the STL Lab Open House!

Drop in any time to see some of the exciting projects supported by the STL Lab, including
Faculty Seed Fund Research
MISTI ??? China Summer Internships
STL Open Entrepreneurship Competition
New multi-media case studies
Real Estate Games
& more!

Bring your friends and come decorate your own cookies/cupcakes, and enjoy ice cream and hot cocoa while learning about the STL Lab.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sep 02, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Student Editor: Karthik Rao-Cavale (krcavale@mit.edu), PhD Candidate, MIT/DUSP

Faculty Advisor: Balakrishnan Rajagopal (braj@mit.edu), Associate Professor of Law and Development, MIT/DUSP