News + Events

Nov 13, 2014 - 12:00 PM
MIT Campus  
Sep 15, 2014. Posted by Kirsten Greco

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 or sign up for one-on-one meetings with faculty members.  The day will conclude with an alumni panel presented by the DUSP Career Development Office.  We look forward to meeting you!  

Oct 03, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

According to the latest edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, DUSP/MIT is the top planning program in North America.  Since 2007, Planetizen's Guide has included rankings, and DUSP has consistently been listed as #1.  This year, the University of California--Berkeley and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign round out the top three.

Oct 11, 2014. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

Congratulations to DUSP and Harvard GSD students (and by now alumni) : Edward Becker; Will Cohen; Annemarie Gray; Jelani Karamoko; Kevin McDonald; Dara Yaskil; Maggie Tishman; Simon Willett, and MIT faculty advisor Peter Roth are the receipent of the 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects Honor student award for their project: The Edgerly: The Next Generation of a Community Anchor.

see: http://www.asla.org/2014studentawards/164G.html

Oct 02, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Calestous Juma, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT, received a LAAP Prize (Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize) for his leadership in socio-economic development in Africa. The award will be presented to Juma in Nigeria on October 10, 2014, by the Millennium Excellence Foundation.

Oct 01, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Books written by DUSP faculty have won two different awards from the International Planning History Society.

Oct 01, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Play the LA River is the launch project of Project 51, a collective of artists, designers, urban planners, writers, and educators (including DUSP MCP ’10 and current PhD student, John Arroyo, who is one of six co-founders).

Oct 08, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) is a one-year non-degree program designed for mid-career professionals from developing and newly industrializing countries. SPURS was founded in 1967 as part of DUSP, and hosted in the last 47 years, 658 individuals from 115 countries all around the world.

For 2014-2015, we have welcomed 17 Fellows from Argentina, Central African Republic, China, Ethiopia, Georgia, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Peru, Poland, South Korea, and Turkey (link to their bios).

Sep 23, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

A new article on the MIT News site asks DUSP Visiting Professor Calestous Juma three questions about economic growth in Africa.  Click here to see what he had to say.

Sep 17, 2014. Posted by Christina Ruhfel

Two MIT CoLab Mel King Community Fellows (MKCF), Ai-Jen Poo (2013-2014) and Rick Lowe (2014) have been selected as 2014 MacArthur Fellows.  Ai-Jen Poo is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, her MKCFs cohort has been focused on labor/community partnerships and innovative approaches to organizing worker power.  Rick Lowe is Founder of Project Row Houses, his MKCFs cohort is focused on how the field of urban planning can be animated with the creativity and criticality of artist's perspectives.

Sep 17, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of companies that provide similar services with licensed taxi cabs have sprung up.
What if the taxi-service app on your cellphone had a button on it that let you indicate that you were willing to share a ride with another passenger? How drastically could cab-sharing reduce traffic, fares, and carbon dioxide emissions?

Aug 14, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Carey Anne Nadeau (MCP, Feb ‘15) has been selected after a competitive proposal process, as the recipient of a $10,000 research stipend by the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues.  Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration of the U.S.

Aug 14, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Congratulations to DUSP Professor Brent Ryan, who was recently awarded a "Committed to Caring” honor from the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.  The program recognizes MIT faculty members who "go above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of graduate students." Two new faculty members are recognized each month through a broad campus poster and web campaign.  Honorees are determined by a selection committee made up of MIT graduate students and staff.

In granting the award, the office noted,

Jul 28, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

In her thesis Fizzah Sajjad (MCP '14) asks how opportunities emerge for states in the Global South to undertake large-scale spending on public transport, particularly in cases where they have previously withdrawn from its provision. In recent years, such opportunities have emerged in the form of mass transit mega-projects, particularly Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) mega-projects.

Aug 01, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

In his dissertation, Onesimo Flores Dewey studied how the governments of cities limited by scarce fiscal resources and weak institutions enhance their transportation planning and regulatory capacities to provide the public with cleaner, safer, efficient, and reliable public transit alternatives. Such aims are particularly challenging for cities of the developing world, in part because a quasi-informal network of privately owned transport operators has been historically responsible for satisfying the public’s mobility needs with minimal state intervention.

Aug 01, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

DUSP PhD student John Arroyo is featured today on a front-page story on the MIT homepage.  See below for an excerpt, or click here for the whole story by MIT News correspondent Zach Wener-Fligner.

Jul 21, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

Francisco Humeres (MCP ’14) focused on Power Centrality as a method for measuring a particular feedback property: How well connected are places to other well connected places. In this research Power Centrality is used to assess a recent model of Urban Structure; The Splintering Urbanism Theory of Graham and Marvin (2001). This theory posits that the contemporary city is a fragmented agglomeration of isolated urban pieces where distant but valuable fragments are highly connected between them, bypassing their less valuable surroundings.

Jul 29, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

Yunke Xiang (MCP ’14) focused on how cities are trying a range of transportation policy and investment alternatives to reduce car-induced externalities. He explored why, without a solid understanding of how people behave within the constraints from transportation policies, it is hard to tell which of these policies are really doing the job and which may be inducing unintended problems. The focus of this paper is the determinants of vehicle ownership in the motorized city-state context of Singapore.

Jul 28, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

Lillian K. Steponaitis (MCP ’14) examined community-based organizations, in which success is based not only on the services they offer, but also their more intangible networks of trust, robust local relationships, and on-the-ground knowledge of community needs.  As local organizations grow and seek to replicate themselves, the question of local trust and participation, the very basis of their legitimacy, is sometimes challenged.

Jul 25, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

Laura Andreae Martin (MCP '14) focuses on cooperation projects rooted in cultural ties which are receiving unprecedented attention from the international development community. When and how culture practically matters to development has not been thoroughly explored within urban planning. Her thesis examines whether, when, and how cultural affinities matter for the successful design, management, and implementation of urban planning projects in the global South with international partnerships.

Jul 22, 2014. Posted by Harriette Crawford

This past spring semester Professor Amy Glasmeier taught her new course Geography of the Global Economy Systems in Transition: Russia, China and the U.S. The course is part of the newly launched Skoltech curriculum which is a collaboration with Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.

Jul 18, 2014. Posted by Harriette Crawford

Dayna Cunningham, Executive Director of the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), recently wrote an article for The Architectural League of New York titled, Five Thousand Pound Democracy: Citizenship and Governance for a Five Thousand Pound Life.