Student Research: Army Installations of the Future

In his MCP thesis, "Army Installations of the Future: Urban + Shrinkage + Landscape," Dwight Howell (MCP 2015) explored ways for the U.S. Army to "plan for shrinkage," including a detailed case study for Fort Belvoir, VA.

New Book: Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities

Drawing on research from the New England Climate Adaptation Project, this book introduces a framework for building local capacity to respond to climate change. It argues that most of the responsibility for responding to climate risks must be taken by local (not state or national) stakeholders. The authors maintain that local climate adaptation efforts require collective rather than individual commitments to risk management.

New interactive platform for the design of bus rapid transit systems

DUSP's Mobility Futures Collaborative and the Changing Places group at the MIT Media Lab have developed new interactive tools aimed to better communicate the possible impacts of new transit systems. The Media Lab and DUSP have partnered with the Barr Foundation to test these tools in a series of community engagement workshops to examine the impacts of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in greater Boston.

Carlo Ratti appointed as advisor to European Commission

Carlo Ratti, a professor of the practice in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has been appointed as a special advisor to the president and commissioners of the European Commission. The appointment runs from March 5, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

Eran Ben-Joseph in CityLab:Preparing for a Rapidly Aging Population

A recent article on the Atlantic's CityLab explored the question, "How Should We Prepare for a Rapidly Aging Global Population?," with extensive quotations from DUSP's own Professor Eran Ben-Joseph.

DUSP Alum Named CEO of ITDP

Congratulations to Clayton Lane (SM Civil Engineering 1999, MCP DUSP 1999), who was recently named CEO of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy.

The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy is proud to welcome Clayton Lane as our new chief executive officer, effective today, October 5. Lane comes to ITDP with two decades of experience in sustainable transport and will bring to the organization a fresh perspective on integrated land use planning, shared mobility and innovative tools to help cities improve performance.

DUSP/CITE evaluates water filters

The United Nations now estimates that 90 percent of the world’s population has access to improved drinking water. But the story of access to safe drinking water is more complex, especially when it comes to the 2.7 billion people who live on less than $2 a day: In developing countries around the world, tens of millions of people rely on water filtration and purification products each year to improve their drinking water in the absence of proper infrastructure providing clean water.

Boston Climate Change Dialogue: Sink or Swim

On Sept. 21, MIT faculty spoke to a packed room of impassioned citizens concerned about the effects of climate change at the Boston Athenaeum’s "Sink or Swim" event. The intriguing title references the challenges and opportunities inherent in protecting the city and surrounding areas as sea levels rise and major storms increase. The topics presented included a closer examination of infrastructure and environmental concerns, as well as social and economic impacts.