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Apr 30, 2015 - 5:00 PM
Wolk Gallery  
Apr 22, 2015. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

This exhibtion explores the ways in which women policymakers and social entrepreneurs are contributing to sustainable development in Malaysia.

Why Malaysia?

Malaysia, a country of 30 million people, is much farther along in crafting sustainable development policies than many other countries It is in the process of transforming itself from a developing to a developed nation. At the same time, it is trying to find ways to balance environmental protection, social well-being and economic growth.

Women's Roles

Apr 28, 2015 - 12:30 PM
9-450A  
Apr 22, 2015. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Mr. Silvers will discuss how the labor movement--and specifically the AFL-CIO--might participate in efforts to address climate change at the national level. What are the challenges posed by a labor-environmentalist coalition, and what strategies are likely to enable these (and other major interests) to join forces?

Damon A. Silvers is the Director of Policy and Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO. He joined the AFL-CIO as Associate General Counsel in 1997.

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:30 AM
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Apr 22, 2015. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara
Apr 19, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Students in DUSP's "Revitalizing Urban Main Streets Practicum" presented at a community meeting in Boston's Brighton neighborhood, as covered by the Allston/Brighton Wicked Local:

Twelve graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Urban Studies and Planning department presented the initial results of their three month study of the Brighton Main Streets district at the Presentation School Community Center in Oak Square last Thursday.

Apr 15, 2015. Posted by Jordan Pettis

4/27 Jeff Shumaker, Chief Urban Designer for the NYC Department of City Planning

Apr 14, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

During the last week of April, the MIT community is invited to gather for several events focused on MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in active service two years ago.

Apr 12, 2015. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

In a recent article DUSP alum James Rojas describes how community art and urban planning can change neighborhoods.

http://qz.com/379568/urban-planners-need-to-work-with-artists-to-empower...

 

Apr 09, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

On April 23, 2015, MIT's Office of the Dean of Graduate Education (ODGE) will celebrate a group of graduate women at MIT nominated by their peers, faculty, and staff, and selected for recognition based on their leadership and service contributions at the Institute, their dedication to mentoring, and their drive to make changes to improve student experience.  At the celebration, held at the Microsoft NERD Center, honorees presented posters to help attendees learn about their accomplishments, celebrate their work, and discovere the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.  Included among

Apr 08, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Corporation member helped create Boston’s urban revival and was a noted contributor to MIT.

Norman B. Leventhal ’38 — a visionary developer and philanthropist at the center of Boston’s postwar revival, and a conscience of its civic life — died Sunday at age 97. Leventhal was a life member emeritus of the MIT Corporation, and a vital member of the Institute community throughout his decades as an alumnus.

Apr 07, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In March, DUSP Professor Phil Clay participated in a panel on “Business, Higher Education and Graduate Employability” at the African Higher Education Summit in Dakar.  His remarks were quoted in a story in the University World News:

Apr 11, 2015 - 9:00 AM
9-450  
Apr 07, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

The Metro Lab is an MIT-affiliated initiative promoted by Fellows from the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) and students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) interested in metropolitan issues. Our first conference explores a range of "metropolitan gaps" in both theory and practice. The conference will bring together practitioners and scholars to discuss metropolitan challenges.

Apr 07, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The latest issue of Thresholds, the annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the MIT Department of Architecture, is now available. Congratulations to our sister department on a job well-done!

Thresholds 43: Scandalous

Editors: Nathan Friedman + Ann Lui

Gasp! What provokes this reflex that leaves one short of breath? More than just a sudden turn of events, for discourse to move from gossip to scandal there have to be stakes. Reputations, profits, and history-by-the-winners are on the line.

Apr 07, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture invited DUSP Lecturer Fadi Masoud to participate in an exhibition titled "Emerging Landscape." The exhibition is IIT College of Architecture’s primary curatorial effort for the spring of 2015, and is a collaboration between the office of the Dean and the program faculty and students. The selected work on display is recognized by an academic jury and the curators as being the most influential in defining emerging trends in landscape architectural research, design, and practice. 

Apr 06, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is launching a collaboration with Banco Palmas, the first community development bank in the history of Brazil, and a leader in discussions around the solidarity economy.

Apr 06, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Political parties find that their fortunes improve when they put more women on the ballot, according to a study co-authored by DUSP Professor Albert Saiz.

Apr 03, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

A recent story in the Boston Globe describes the construction boom threatening Boston's Chinatown neighborhood.  DUSP's own Professor Emeritus Tunney Lee is quoted in the article:

Apr 01, 2015. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

Urban planning student Isadora Araujo Cruxen is a leader in MIT's Water Club, a forum for discussion and teaching about water technology, policy, and science.

Mar 31, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

MIT is already a powerhouse of environmentally oriented research and innovation. The Environmental Solutions Initiative is building on this vibrant foundation using Seed Grants to encourage new, cross-disciplinary research partnerships that advance progress and solutions on issues of environmental significance to humanity. A total of 59 teams of faculty, research staff and students responded to the first call for proposals, from which nine winners were announced on March 13, 2015, including two teams from DUSP:

Mar 31, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

MIT discussion highlights causes for optimism and the importance of emphasizing positive steps.

Mar 31, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

DUSP student Callahan Seltzer (MCP 2015) was recently selected as the winner of the Lowell Richards Fellowship for Leadership and Public Service. As part of the fellowship, Callie will intern at the Massachusetts Port Authority, planning and executing real estate projects on Massport-owned land in South Boston, East Boston, and Charlestown, with a focus on enhancing economic development opportunities and creating great places.

Apr 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM
McDermott Court  
Mar 30, 2015. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

The MIT Sustainability Summit is a student-led event that is organized every year during Earth Week on the MIT campus, drawing more than 350 attendees ranging from professionals, academics, and students. The Summit has emerged as a premier issue-driven event, showcasing featured discussions with thought leaders and expert practitioners like Jeremy Grantham (GMO), Jim Hanna (Starbucks), Jeffrey Hollender (Seventh Generation), James Balog (Chasing Ice), Rick Ridgeway (VP Patagonia) and many more.

Apr 06, 2015 - 12:30 PM
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Mar 26, 2015. Posted by Christina Ruhfel

Come to an information session with artist and Mel King Community Fellow, Rick Lowe, to learn more about this exciting opportunity in the Summer 2015.  Lunch will be provided.  The event flyer is available for download here. To RSVP or for more information please contact Allegra Williams at <allegraw@mit.edu>.

Mar 25, 2015. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

DATA-DRIVEN STORYTELLING is the journalistic wave of the future. At websites like the New York Times’s Upshot and Nate Silver’sFiveThirtyEight, writers are transforming numbers into visual narratives that illuminate modern life. MIT Assistant Professor Sarah Williams, director of the Civic Data Design Lab, is at the forefront of the movement.

See: http://spectrum.mit.edu/articles/mobile-technologies-to-visualize-the-ci...

Mar 25, 2015. 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 15, 2015.

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:

Mar 24, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Professor Alan Berger recently attended the World Economic Forum, where he presented his ideas on the holistic city.  In the video below, Berger explains that we need to start thinking differently about urban growth, and design innovative cities that use ecological processes to clean and reuse waste water, so we can grow more food for the future.

[credit: World Economic Forum]

Mar 24, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

On 13-14th March, the CAU hosted a “think tank” design charrette on The Future of Suburbia – the Center’s biennial theme. The workshop marks the half-way point in the biennial theme, which will culminate in spring 2016 with a major conference, exhibition, and publication. A number of lectures, courses, design charrettes and other events are also being held through the spring of 2016 in support of the theme.

Mar 31, 2015 - 6:00 PM
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Mar 20, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

What: Transportation Alumni/ae Career Forum
When: Tuesday, 3/31, 6-8pm (Tuesday after you return from break)
Where: Stella Room
RSVP: by March 30 for dinner: http://goo.gl/forms/TrGgIQRS1Q

Mar 20, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Drawing on examples from Atlanta and Rio de Janeiro, a recent article in Places by DUSP Professor Larry Vale and (now-former) MCP student Annemarie Gray discusses the "design politics" of urban planning and development in Olympic host-cities, noting

Mar 18, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

“Photographing Places,” a new show at the MIT Museum, is a comprehensive exhibition of photography that appeared in the environmental design journal Places from 1987-2009. Contemporary photographic practice was presented in Places through an innovative series of picture portfolios. The twenty-one American and European photographers whose work appears in this exhibition consider a wide variety of topics related to how place is created, perceived and experienced.

Apr 16, 2015 - 6:00 PM
TBD  
Mar 12, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

DUSP students are welcome at a dinner to hear from DUSP Alumni/ae from the EPP program group about their career experiences and choices

Mar 07, 2015. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

Miho Mazereeuw is the founder of the Urban Risk Lab. She designs buildings and cities in anticipation of disasters. “Working in a field that has traditionally been the domain of emergency managers and engineers, we bring preemptive design and community engagement into the risk-reduction equation,” she says.

An architect, landscape architect, and assistant professor of architecture and urbanism, Mazereeuw’s lab has a rapidly growing list of projects across the globe. Current projects take her to Haiti, India, Peru, and Japan — all sites vulnerable to earthquakes and floods. 

Mar 06, 2015. Posted by Christina Ruhfel

Learn more about the work and activities of the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) its most recent annual report.   CoLab, a center for planning and development within DUSP, supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth.

Mar 09, 2015 - 7:00 PM
9-450-A and B  
Mar 05, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian game, dance, and martial art. Engaging body and mind, this workshop will include basic movement instruction for the purpose of self and community care. All levels and abilities welcome!

Sponsored by SCC

Mar 04, 2015. Posted by Jordan Pettis

Philip Enquist is the leader of SOM's Global City Design Practice, the world’s most highly awarded urban planning group. Enquist and his studios have improved the quality and efficiency of city living on five continents by creating location-unique strategic designs that integrate nature and urban density within a framework of future-focused public infrastructure.

Mar 04, 2015. Posted by Jordan Pettis

Philip Enquist is the leader of SOM's Global City Design Practice, the world’s most highly awarded urban planning group. Enquist and his studios have improved the quality and efficiency of city living on five continents by creating location-unique strategic designs that integrate nature and urban density within a framework of future-focused public infrastructure.

Mar 02, 2015. Posted by Phil Sunde

The Minister in charge of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage (Sri Lanka), Rauff Hakeem has recently appointed Ranjit Fernando as the new chairman of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) and Nayana Mawilmada as its Director General.

Feb 28, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Recipients Will Work in Bangalore, Tanzania, Spain and Mexico

Of nine MIT students and alumni awarded US Student Fulbright grants for 2014, five were from DUSP:

Mitchell Cook, a PhD candidate in planning from Arkansas, will travel to India to study urban finance reform in Bangalore, part of his research into the causes of social and economic inequalities in cities.

Feb 28, 2015. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

DUSP CoLab’s Empathetic Aesthetics Program invited the 2014-2016 Mel King Community Fellow to engage a group of urban planning, architecture, and art students and practitioners in a conversation about the role of experimental and participatory art in urban transformation. 

Feb 27, 2015. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

Phil Clay and Susan Silberberg present at TEDxBeaconStreet

Mar 10, 2015 - 6:00 PM
9-450B  
Feb 27, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

A chance to enjoy dinner and hear DUSP graduates in the City Design and Development Group speak about their career choices and experiences. Sponsored by the DUSP Careers Office

RSVP by 3/9 at http://goo.gl/forms/t1OuSvOnPU

Mar 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM
7-337  
Feb 27, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

Dr. Deborah Kolb (GM PhD '81), addresses the pressing issues facing women as they strive to advance their careers and succeed at the highest levels. Co-sponsored by the DUSPCareers Office and DUSPWomen.

Feb 24, 2015. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

From BusinessWire:

For the first time, MIT Professional Education, in collaboration with the MIT Center for Real Estate, will offer a Professional Certificate in real estate.

Feb 27, 2015 - 6:30 PM
9-450  
Feb 23, 2015. Posted by Shan Jiang

Speaker: Prof. Degao Zheng, Director of the Shanghai Branch of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Shanghai, China

Mar 03, 2015 - 6:30 PM
10-401  
Feb 20, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

A chance to enjoy dinner and hear DUSP graduates in the International Development Group speak about their career choices and experiences. Sponsored by the DUSP Careers Office and moderated by Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal, IDG Group Head.

RSVP by 3/1 at http://goo.gl/forms/vNULGnGPp1

Feb 20, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Danya Sherman (MCP class of 2015) recently contributed an article to Next City on "What Long-Distance Trains Teach Us About Public Space in America.," noting:

Feb 19, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

CJRES SPECIAL ISSUE: In Memory of Professor Alice Amsden
Editors: Susan Christopherson, Judith Clifton, Amy Glasmeier and Alpen Suresh Sheth

Overview

Feb 26, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Gallery at BRIC House,...  
Feb 12, 2015. Posted by Phil Sunde

Sarah Williams is one of the artists at the Mapping Brooklyn exhibition, at the Gallery at BRIC House in Brooklyn. Opening February 25th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, this exhibition "will juxtapose the work of contemporary artists working with historic maps, with examples of maps themselves, suggesting the myriad ways that maps can represent on the one hand, such practical matters as way finding, property ownership, population shifts, and war strategy, and on other, the terrain of the metaphorical, psychological, and personal." 

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:00 PM
9-450  
Feb 12, 2015. Posted by Site Admin

The Metro Lab is an MIT-affiliated initiative promoted by SPURS fellows and DUSP students focusing on metropolitan governance. Our mission is to connect MIT??????s innovative people, ideas, and technologies to leaders and practitioners of global metro areas.

Welcome Notes:
- Prof. Bish Sanyal, Director, SPURS, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

Speakers:
- Prof. Gabriella Carolini, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
- Prof. Lawrence Susskind, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

Feb 06, 2015. Posted by Jordan Pettis

Rick Lowe is an artist whose unconventional approach to community revitalization has transformed a long-neglected neighborhood in Houston into a visionary public art project that continues to evolve, two decades since its inception. Originally trained as a painter, Lowe shifted the focus of his artistic practice in the early 1990s in order to address more directly the pressing social, economic, and cultural needs of his community.

Feb 06, 2015. Posted by Jordan Pettis

Join the CIty Design and Development Program as current practitioners explore the changing field of urban design and its' place in community building and place in the private, non-profit, and public sectors of life.

Jan 20, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

First report of Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation offers new framework for assessment.

When a person lives on less than $2 a day — as some 2.7 billion people around the world do — there isn’t room for a product like a solar lantern or a water filter to fail.

It’s a challenge development agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and consumers themselves face every day: With so many products on the market, how do you choose the right one?

Feb 03, 2015 - 6:00 PM
MIT Stella Room (7-338...  
Jan 20, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Now in its fifteenth year, the Competition matches graduate students with
affordable housing development professionals and provides students with the
opportunity to combine classroom experience with real-world practice in
affordable-housing development. The competition integrates a wide range of
academic subjects and innovative ideas to spark new interest in the housing
issues affecting Greater Boston. Students learn the multilevel process of
design and production and the value of partnering with housing

Jan 16, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

DUSP Alum Roberto Guerrero Compeán (PhD 2014) has been awarded the Banamex Economics Award from the Banco Nacional de Mexico for his dissertation on "Vulnerability, livelihoods, and global warming in Mexico: the impact of climatic shocks in global welfare."

Jan 08, 2015. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab to include focus on China.