The DUSP Fund for Excellence in Public Service

As tuition expenses rise across the nation, graduates of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning bear the burden of increasing student loans in order to make meaningful and lasting contributions to society through their chosen professions. The Excellence in Public Service Awards recognize outstanding public service achievements by DUSP graduates. These awards aim to encourage and inspire the pursuit of public service careers, providing a financial award of up to $10,000 to offset debt incurred by pursuing their graduate degree at MIT.

A new Collaboration forms for Equity and Sustainable Development in Post-conflict Colombia

MIT CoLab has been building partnerships with the objective of identifying strategies to build equity into models of climate change mitigation and sustainable development in post-conflict Colombia. Partners includes the Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible (Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Leibniz Universität Hannover.

DUSP graduate students honored by American Institute of Certified Planners

The American Institute of Certified Planners has awarded a team of 16 graduate students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) an AICP Student Project Award. The annual awards recognize outstanding class projects or papers that advance the field of planning. Winners will be recognized at the 2018 National Planning Convention in New Orleans.

Gardens as Ideas Creating Form

Anne Whiston Spirn, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, is exploring the interplay between the intangible - ideas and feelings - and the manifestation of physical form in her new multimedia website, Marnas: A Journey through Space, Time, and Ideas. Marnas is a garden in Sweden designed by Sven-Ingvar Andersson, a landscape architect who designed Amsterdam’s Museumplein and Vienna’s Karlsplatz.

MIT launches Task Force on the Work of the Future

On February 27, 2018 MIT launched a Task Force on the Work of the Future. The Institute-wide effort is aimed at understanding and sculpting the evolution of employment and work during an age of innovation.

New Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives

Please join us in congratulating Professor J. Phillip Thompson, who has been appointed as Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives for New York City.

Speaking at the appointment, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Phillip is one of the foremost experts on how to better serve and lift up low-income neighborhoods, and has spent decades fighting in the trenches for progressive causes. He will make sure our agencies are working together to make New York City the fairest big city in the nation. As New Yorkers, we’re all very lucky he decided to come home."