News + Events

Oct 02, 2014 - 6:00 PM
MIT Room 3-133  
Sep 30, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut, and they have made legendary use of it. Yet few have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 to 1989. As Neil Barsky’s KOCH recounts, Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated. Elected in the 1970s during the city’s fiscal crisis, he was a new Democrat for the dawning Reagan era—fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

Oct 08, 2014 - 4:30 PM
Tufts University Cabot...  
Oct 01, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Four Massachusetts Planning Schools (4P) and the Massachusetts American Planning Association (MassAPA) Annual Conference has been alternately hosted by MIT, Harvard, Tufts, and UMass for the last six years, and will be held this year at Tufts. This year’s conference theme, “Securing Affordable Housing in Hot Market Areas”, will honor Professor Rachel Bratt’s longstanding contribution to both theory and practice in these topical areas.  The event will kick off with introductions from each of the planning schools.

Oct 09, 2014 - 6:00 PM
MIT Room 3-133  
Sep 30, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Independent filmmaker Marc Singer explores the underground world inhabited by residents of New York's underground tunnels. Music by DJ  Shadow.

Part of the Urban Planning Film Series a semi-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues.  Free.

Oct 27, 2014 - 4:00 PM
MIT Media Lab, Sixth F...  
Jul 03, 2014. Posted by Sandra Elliott

In a time of dramatic shifts in the manufacturing sector -- from large industrial-scale production and design to small-scale distributed systems; from polluting and consumptive production to a clean and sustainable process; from a demand of unskilled labor to a growing need for a more educated and specialized workforce--cities will see new investment and increased employment opportunities. Yet, to reap these benefits will require a shift in our thinking about city physical planning and its design and development. What might the future relationships between city and industry look like?

Nov 13, 2014 - 9:00 AM
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!  

Dec 05, 2014 - 1:00 PM
MIT Media Lab, Bartos...  
Sep 22, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Carmin Symposium on Urban Climate Adaptation
In Memoriam of JoAnn Carmin (1957-2014)

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).

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.