Data-Driven Storytelling

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...

Excellence in Public Service Awards: Call for Applications

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:

Spectrum: "Lessons from the MIT Water Club"

The latest issue of Spectrum profiles Isadora Araujo Cruxen, DUSP MCP student and lecture series chair for the MIT Water Club:

Alan Berger at World Economic Forum

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]

CAU discusses "Future of Suburbia"

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.

"Olympian struggles for affordable housing"

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

"Photographing Places” at MIT Museum

“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.

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