Mar 14, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

As tuition expenses rise across the nation, graduates of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning bear the burden of increasing student loans in order to make meaningful and lasting contributions to society through their chosen professions. The Excellence in Public Service Awards recognize outstanding public service achievements by DUSP graduates. These awards aim to encourage and inspire the pursuit of public service careers, providing a financial award of up to $10,000 to offset debt incurred by pursuing their graduate degree at MIT.

Mar 12, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

MIT CoLab has been building partnerships with the objective of identifying strategies to build equity into models of climate change mitigation and sustainable development in post-conflict Colombia. Partners includes the Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible (Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Mar 12, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

The American Institute of Certified Planners has awarded a team of 16 graduate students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) an AICP Student Project Award. The annual awards recognize outstanding class projects or papers that advance the field of planning. Winners will be recognized at the 2018 National Planning Convention in New Orleans.

Mar 08, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Anne Whiston Spirn, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, is exploring the interplay between the intangible - ideas and feelings - and the manifestation of physical form in her new multimedia website, Marnas: A Journey through Space, Time, and Ideas. Marnas is a garden in Sweden designed by Sven-Ingvar Andersson, a landscape architect who designed Amsterdam’s Museumplein and Vienna’s Karlsplatz.

Feb 28, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

On February 27, 2018 MIT launched a Task Force on the Work of the Future. The Institute-wide effort is aimed at understanding and sculpting the evolution of employment and work during an age of innovation.

Feb 22, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Please join us in congratulating Professor J. Phillip Thompson, who has been appointed as Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives for New York City.

Speaking at the appointment, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Phillip is one of the foremost experts on how to better serve and lift up low-income neighborhoods, and has spent decades fighting in the trenches for progressive causes. He will make sure our agencies are working together to make New York City the fairest big city in the nation. As New Yorkers, we’re all very lucky he decided to come home."

Feb 22, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

What happens when we expand our definition of real estate - beyond the built environment and physical space - to include the human relationships forming and occurring within spaces?

Feb 21, 2018. Posted by Ezra Haber Glenn

[Note: updated 2/21/2018 to include memorial event details: see below.]

Martin Rein, professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1970 until his retirement in 2011, died Oct. 15 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Rein was 89.

Feb 16, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

MIT senior Yazmin Guzman, while completing dual bachelor degrees and the MCP program at DUSP, is deeply immersed in an array of community and education outreach programs.

Feb 14, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Please join us for the opening of a new DUSP exhibit, This Garden is a Town, in the Keller Gallery, Room 7-408.

Feb 14, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Please join us in congratulating Allison Albericci (MCP '12 and S.M. Arch '12) on being named a recipient of the The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2018 Young Architects Award!

The Young Architects Award honors individuals who have been licensed 10 years (or fewer), who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers. To read more about her accomplishments, visit the award announcement here.

Feb 12, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Lawrence Bacow ’72, professor emeritus in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), has been named the next president of Harvard University.

Feb 12, 2018. Posted by Sonny Oram

We have an exciting array of lectures this semester, ranging on topics including pollution, immigration, transportation, sustainability, and more. For more information about these events, visit our events calendar.


DUSP 2018 Spring Lecture Series Poster

Poster design by Sonny Oram

Feb 09, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Speaking at MIT, prominent philosopher Cornel West advocated for greater examination and careful monitoring of the propensity to conform to dominant beliefs at institutions of higher education.

West’s talk, titled “Speaking Truth to Power! A Discussion on Institutional Provincialism,” warned of the dangers at leading universities to 'fetishize' intelligence rather than embracing humility for ones abilities. West was introduced by MIT Department of Architecture graduate student, Ty Austin, and concluded his talk with a panel of MIT faculty members including DUSP's Ceasar McDowell.

Feb 08, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

How did a shift in rental property ownership allow for the proliferation of the same tactics that caused the financial meltdown proceeding the Great Recession?

Feb 07, 2018. Posted by Ezra Haber Glenn

Projections: 14: New Uses for Old Rivers: Rediscovering Urban Waterways

MIT Press / Call for Papers

Editors: Andrea Beck and Isadora Cruxen

Feb 07, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Dr. Patricia McCarney (DUSP PHD '87), president of CEO of World Council on City Data as well as the director of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, is championing open access to local data from cities across the world. The World Council on City Data showcases over 1.2 million combinations of data relationships, across 17 themes, and 100 indicators - helping cities to provide local answers to global questions.

Feb 02, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

How does the introduction of disruptive technologies and big data impact urban real estate markets?

Jan 29, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

What happens when the tactics of fact-checking and reason appear to be ineffectual at balancing the power, agendas, and stories of the elite and powerful?

During IAP 2018, DUSP Alumni Lawrence Barriner (MCP '14) and Grant Williams (MCP '17) lead a three day workshop aimed at linking the everyday innovation occurring across MIT with the limitless scope of speculative fiction.

Jan 25, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

David Hsu, Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning is the new chair of the Energy Minor Oversight Committee, responsible for shaping curriculum development and the creation of educational programs associated with the Energy Studies Minor.

The Energy Studies Minor, housed within the MIT Energy Initiative, is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate course of study that enables students from different schools and departments within MIT to explore energy issues across a wide range of fields.

Jan 16, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Please join us in congratulating Chrystal Kornegay (MCP '97) who will become the first woman and the first person of color to lead MassHousing.

In Adrian Walker's Boston Globe piece, Kornegay says, 'I don’t think of myself as the typical kind of person to do this job, because I grew up black and poor, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps, but I had to make my boot and my straps. Even if you look at people of color in these roles, it’s not the black woman in dreads from Bed-Stuy.’

Jan 12, 2018. Posted by Ezra Haber Glenn

In an op-ed for The Globe Post, DUSP Professor Erica Caple James calls out President Trump for his recent insulting comments about Haiti, calling special attention to the history and context of disasters that have affected that country:

Trump’s Insults Pour Salt in Wounds of Haitians Healing After Succession of Disaster

Jan 12, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

At this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), MIT community members from across the institute joined delegates from around the world to share ideas and strategies to accelerate progress toward the goal of a 2015 Paris Agreement.

Jan 12, 2018. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

"Records, by their nature, are not meant to be set annually. And yet that’s what is happening. The costliest year for natural disasters in the United States was 2017."

In a New York Times op-ed, Dr. Leah Stokes (PHD '15) names climate change as the underlying cause for increasing and intensifying natural disasters. Read her full piece, here.

Jan 11, 2018. Posted by Sonny Oram

Many people in California were saddened to learn that the state's recent wildfire devastation took the lives of firefighters defending Californians' lives, land, and homes. But what they might not have known — and what they may and found even more distressing — is that two of these firefighters were incarcerated people working in a prison labor program, earning no more than $2 an hour.