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Sep 26, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Grad student Billy Ndengeyingoma helps improve affordable-housing design in Africa.

Billy Ndengeyingoma’s time at MIT has been marked by transitions. He has moved from one continent to another, from an undergraduate program to a master’s, and from a civil engineering specialty to urban planning.

Yet no matter what is happening in his life, he has learned to always make time for self-reflection. This practice has helped him discover a great deal about himself, and has pushed him to think deeply about the impact he wants to have on the world.  

Sep 22, 2016 - 5:00 PM
MIT Ray and Maria Stat...  
Sep 20, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

We are celebrating Ray Stata, Founder of Analog Devices, Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 5pm 

Sep 20, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Samuel Tak Lee Building filled with light and life after summer renovations.

Last year, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and the Center for Real Estate (CRE) gathered to give Building 9 a new name: the Samuel Tak Lee Building. This week, they came together again to celebrate the extensive summer renovations that have given the building a new look and rejuvenated spaces.

Sep 19, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

MIT, AMS Institute will collaborate to solve complex urban problems for Amsterdam with the development of autonomous "roboats."

MIT has signed an agreement to engage in research collaborations with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) in the Netherlands. The collaboration’s flagship project, led by researchers from multiple departments at MIT, will be to develop a fleet of autonomous boats for the city’s canals.

Sep 19, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Professor of urban design and public policy Brent Ryan believes good architecture can help revive cities.

Most of us have looked at an ugly building and thought: I could do better than that. Brent Ryan turned that idea into a career.

Sep 16, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

Sarah Williams, Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at DUSP will present “City Digits:Local Lotto” at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from Sept. 30 through Feb. 26, 2017.

Sep 29, 2016 - 4:30 PM
4-270 Maclaurin Buildi...  
Sep 15, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

As part of the Focus On Russia lecture series and the Architecture at the End of the Earth exhibition series, this will explore the geopolitical implications of the thawing Arctic. The speakers will discuss what is at stake as trade routes and mineral deposits open up due to Climate Change. The changing landscape in the Arctic opens up tremendous potential, but also the possibility of geopolitical conflict among the littoral states.

Sep 14, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

The DUSP PhD Program and the SPURS/Humphrey Fellows Program are sponsoring five faculty debates lead by Professor Larry Vale. Each debate covers a different topic about planning ideas. They will be held on alternate Wednesdays in Room 9-255 (City Arena) at 12:30 pm starting on Sep 14, 2016. Lunch will be served. The topics are as follows:

Sep 14, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

What happens when we look at housing discrimination from the perspective of the home seeker instead of the home seller or landlord? Lee Fennell, from the University of Chicago Law School and Bill Fischel, from the Dartmouth College Economics Department, explored this idea in the first event in DUSP’s series on Fair Housing and recent developments in planning, law and civil rights.

Sep 14, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

For anyone considering an entrepreneurial venture, either as a founder, innovation team member or investor, mastering the unique challenges of entrepreneurial negotiation is crucial. Both inventors and investors can end up with nothing if they fail to negotiate effectively. DUSP Professor Larry Susskind is one of the founders and Vice-Chair of the inter university Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He has created the only online negotiation instruction course designed specifically for entrepreneurs.

Nov 09, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Room 9-255 (City Arena...  
Sep 12, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

How Can DUSP Make Planning Ideas Matter to the Next U.S. President?

The fifth of five faculty debates sponsored by DUSP PhD Program and the SPURS/Humphrey Fellows Program. 

Moderator:
Jinhua Zhao

Oct 26, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Room 9-255 (City Arena...  
Sep 12, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

Historic Preservation: Does It Contribute to Economic Democracy and Sustainability?

The fourth of five five faculty debates sponsored by DUSP PhD Program and the SPURS/Humphrey Fellows Program. 

Moderator:
Larry Vale

Oct 12, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Room 9-255 (City Arena...  
Sep 12, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

Is Smart Mobility also Smart Ethics? The Social Dilemma of Autonomous Vehicles

The third of five five faculty debates sponsored by DUSP PhD Program and the SPURS/Humphrey Fellows Program.

Moderator:
Jinhua Zhao

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Room 9-255 (City Arena...  
Sep 12, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

Tactical Urbanism: It is an Alternative to Neoliberal Urbanism?

The second of five five faculty debates sponsored by DUSP PhD Program and the SPURS/Humphrey Fellows Program.

Moderator:
Larry Vale

Sep 14, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Room 9-255 (City Arena...  
Sep 12, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

Spatial Justice: Derivative But Causal of Social Injustice

The first of five five faculty debates sponsored by DUSP PhD Program and the SPURS/Humphrey Fellows Program. 

Moderator:
Larry Vale

Nov 15, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-450B  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

The final lunch in a four-part, lunch discussion aimed at generating “good ideas” about how to ensure that TA assignments and graduate instructorships prepare doctoral students effectively for their teaching careers. What teaching responsibilities should DUSP PHD students be expected to assume? What preparation and teaching instruction do they need? How can the Department and doctoral advisors ensure that DUSP PHDs build their teaching repertoires effectively? How can doctoral students use their teaching assignments to deepen their knowledge of specific planning and public policy topics?

Nov 08, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-450B  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

The third session in a four-part, lunch discussion aimed at generating “good ideas” about how to ensure that TA assignments and graduate instructorships prepare doctoral students effectively for their teaching careers. What teaching responsibilities should DUSP PHD students be expected to assume? What preparation and teaching instruction do they need? How can the Department and doctoral advisors ensure that DUSP PHDs build their teaching repertoires effectively? How can doctoral students use their teaching assignments to deepen their knowledge of specific planning and public policy topics?

Nov 02, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-450B  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

The second session of a four-part, lunch discussion aimed at generating “good ideas” about how to ensure that TA assignments and graduate instructorships prepare doctoral students effectively for their teaching careers. What teaching responsibilities should DUSP PHD students be expected to assume? What preparation and teaching instruction do they need? How can the Department and doctoral advisors ensure that DUSP PHDs build their teaching repertoires effectively?

Oct 19, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-450B  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

The first of a four-part, lunch discussion aimed at generating “good ideas” about how to ensure that TA assignments and graduate instructorships prepare doctoral students effectively for their teaching careers. What teaching responsibilities should DUSP PHD students be expected to assume? What preparation and teaching instruction do they need? How can the Department and doctoral advisors ensure that DUSP PHDs build their teaching repertoires effectively? How can doctoral students use their teaching assignments to deepen their knowledge of specific planning and public policy topics?

Oct 18, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-255  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

Phil Tegeler, President and Executive Director, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, Discussant: Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development

Oct 04, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-255  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

Vicki Been, Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Discussant: Janine Anzalota, Director of Fair Housing and Equity, City of Boston

Sep 08, 2016 - 3:48 PM
9-255  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

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Sep 20, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-255  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

Ed Goetz, University of Minnesota, Discussant: David Harris, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, Harvard University

Sep 16, 2016 - 12:30 PM
7-429 and 7-338  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

Raphael Bostic, USC Price School of Public Policy and Former HUD Assistant Secretary, Discussant: Jeff Lubell, Abt Associates

Sep 12, 2016 - 12:30 PM
CDD Group, 10-485  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

Meet the department over a Festive Fall Pizza Party! This is DUSP-only event. Feel free to message us if you have any questions about your eligibility for this event.

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Oct 27, 2016 - 9:00 AM
105 Massachusetts Ave...  
Sep 08, 2016. Posted by Sonny Oram

This event is a fantastic opportunity to learn why DUSP is ranked as one of the best planning programs in the country.  The day's main event is a lunch introducing you to the Department and its degree programs.  You'll also have the opportunity to meet current students and faculty.  Before and after lunch, you are welcome to visit classes.  The day will conclude with an alumni panel presented by the DUSP Career Development Office.  

Register today, space is limited. Detailed schedule will be emailed to attendees one week before event. 

Sep 07, 2016 - 7:00 PM
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Aug 31, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie "Fingers" Coyle in an adaptation of George V. Higgins's acclaimed novel, directed by by Peter Yates (BULLITT, BREAKING AWAY). World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he's forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free.

Aug 29, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Lily Bui draws upon science, art, and public advocacy to enrich urban design.

“It’s the community engagement that’s most important,” says Lily Bui, a recent graduate of MIT's Comparative Media Studies program and a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She has long been interested in how to engage people in technology-driven change.

Sep 13, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-255  
Aug 29, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

The past several years have witnessed the most dramatic shifts in planning, law and civil rights in decades. Both the Supreme Court's upholding of key aspects of the Fair Housing Act and HUD’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule provide an unprecedented opportunity for the country to live up to goals of the Fair Housing Act enacted nearly a half century ago. Despite excitement among fair housing advocates and outrage from conservative opponents, however, much uncertainty currently exists about how meaningful the Court’s decision and HUD’s rule will actually be on the ground.

Aug 24, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

A four-part, lunch discussion aimed at generating “good ideas” about how to ensure that TA assignments and graduate instructorships prepare doctoral students effectively for their teaching careers. What teaching responsibilities should DUSP PHD students be expected to assume? What preparation and teaching instruction do they need? How can the Department and doctoral advisors ensure that DUSP PHDs build their teaching repertoires effectively? How can doctoral students use their teaching assignments to deepen their knowledge of specific planning and public policy topics?

Aug 24, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Study of water test kits used in Gujarat, India, assesses suitability, scalability, and sustainability.

How do you know your water is clean and safe to drink? Whether you live in Flint, Michigan, or a half a world away in northwest India, many families don’t have a good answer to this question.

Sep 27, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Sala De Puerto Rico, S...  
Aug 09, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The first use of anesthesia. The first phone call. The first venture capital firm. Massachusetts is home to more world changing innovations than almost anywhere else on the planet. Why has Boston been the key center of social and technological innovations? Can it maintain this momentum? What can community, business leaders and local governments do to nurture the factors that promote innovation? Local innovators, investors and influencers share their insights and perspectives on the history and future of innovation in this region.

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:00 AM
MIT Building 10-250  
May 24, 2016. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Driverless cars are coming, ready or not. Please join us for a free forum about this transformative technology and its likely impacts. The forum will feature an expert panel that will bring together government and the private sector, and the topics will include driverless car technology, likely timeframe for implementation, how driverless cars might change the role of driving and transit in our communities, and the role of government in the process.

Monday, June 13, 2016

MIT Building 10

May 06, 2016 - 3:00 PM
Building 43 Parking Lo...  
May 05, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

You are invited to help launch the Affirmative Art Tour!

Affirmative Art is a powerful tool to identify what's in our heart and empower our purpose in life.

Join us to learn more about the concept and help paint the Dream Machine that will bring us across 21 cities in the US to engage as many people as possible to empower dreams.

May 06, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Apr 29, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Great changes have taken place in China's housing market in the last three years. The housing market has shifted from being undersupplied, to having equilibrium of supply and demand with regional oversupply. From a mid- to long-term perspective, the housing market in developed countries reveals important differences and insights as development stages shift. According to trends in the housing market of typical economies, China's housing market is entering a new era and will face many new challenges.

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-450B  
Apr 20, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Please join us for the next EPP lunch on Tuesday, April 26, at 12:30-1:30pm (9-450B). Doctoral student, Andrea Beck ,will lead a discussion on the emerging U.S. affordable water movement. Possible questions for discussion include: What role has the affordable water movement played in addressing water crises in places such as Detroit and Flint? How can public health, environmental justice or human rights perspectives help us make sense of this movement?

Apr 25, 2016 - 12:30 PM
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Apr 19, 2016. Posted by Selene Victor

Chelina Odbert is Co-founder and Executive Director of Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI), a non-profit design practice that partners with low income communities to improve physical, economic, and social quality of life through low-cost, high-impact design interventions. Since 2006, she has worked with community members in the slum of Kibera, Nairobi to design and implement a network of "Productive Public Spaces" — transformed waste spaces that link physical upgrading to micro-enterprise and community development.

May 10, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-450: Samuel Tak Lee...  
Apr 15, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Joel Ngugi is currently Judge in the High Court of Kenya. His research interests include the role of law in economic development, the role of governments in market regulation and wealth allocation, and legal reforms in transition and developing economies. Professor Ngugi practiced law with the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag, LLP, as a corporate and international litigation associate. At Harvard University, he was one of two recipients of the John Gallup Laylin Prize in International Law in 2002. Material from his webpage at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Apr 27, 2016 - 6:00 PM
Stella Room, 7-338  
Apr 05, 2016. Posted by Carlos Sainz Caccia

Hear from DUSP alumnae/i from the Environmental Policy + Planning group about their career paths and DUSP experience, and enjoy dinner and informal conversation

Apr 27, 2016 - 12:30 PM
9-451  
Apr 05, 2016. Posted by Carlos Sainz Caccia
Apr 26, 2016 - 6:00 PM
Stella Room, 7-338  
Apr 05, 2016. Posted by Carlos Sainz Caccia
May 06, 2016 - 9:30 AM
 
Apr 04, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

Hosted by the Displacement Research and Action Network the Workshop will bring together academics, international NGO and community group representatives as well as representatives of international institutions such as World Bank to discuss the State of Hydropower Projects Today.

Apr 04, 2016 - 12:30 PM
10-485  
Mar 28, 2016. Posted by Site Admin

About the talk: Our recent experience of urban and social transformation (achieved and ongoing) that has taken place in Medellin Colombia in the last years has allowed us not only to experiment within the different disciplinary core of urbanism, architecture and landscape, but also as a way to create practical tools and scopes to deal with urban and social affairs within politics. Most of this operation has taken place in marginalized neighborhoods, with the objective of making viable a more sustainable mode of performance from a social and physical-environmental perspective.

May 02, 2016 - 12:30 PM
the Stella Room  
Mar 18, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

The Shale Dilemma: Political, Economic, and Scientific Issues Behind the Global Fracking Debate

An EPP Lunch Series with Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran 2nd May 2016 12:30-2pm

May 10, 2016 - 12:30 PM
 
Feb 22, 2016. Posted by Phil Sunde

 Joel Ngugi is currently Judge in the High Court of Kenya. His research interests include the role of law in economic development, the role of governments in market regulation and wealth allocation, and legal reforms in transition and developing economies. Professor Ngugi practiced law with the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag, LLP, as a corporate and international litigation associate. At Harvard University, he was one of two recipients of the John Gallup Laylin Prize in International Law in 2002. Material from his webpage at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:30 PM
Long Lounge  
Feb 11, 2016. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Frans Evers will lead this special EPP lunch series talk: how to organize civil society involvement in the implementation process of the sustainable development goals.