Graduate Student Teams Among Winners of 18th Annual Affordable Housing Development Competition

The Affordable Housing Development Competition, organized by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, annually brings together teams of graduate students in architecture, planning, finance, and policy with affordable-housing organizations to develop comprehensive proposals to address the needs of the organizations and local communities. Two interdisciplinary student teams received prizes for their projects that respect local interests and propose comprehensive design and development strategies. 

DUSP Alumni Lead 2018 Sunnyside Yard Master Planning

Please join us in congratulating the many DUSP alumni who are involved in the summer of 2018 master planning of Sunnyside Yard. 

May Issue of Franknews Focuses on Planning

Franknews, an online publication dedicated to the continuous examination of the institutions shaping our everyday experiences, is devoting the current May 2018 issue to urban planning.

Faculty Members Honored with Committed to Caring Awards

Please join us in congratulating Gabriella Carolini, Susan Murcott, Justin Steil, and Jinhua Zhao, who have been awarded 2017-2018 Committed to Caring Awards. Carolini, Steil, and Zhao are DUSP faculty members, Murcott, a D-Lab faculty member, has taught and mentored many DUSP graduate students at MIT - all are valued members of the DUSP community.

DUSP Alumna Named Undersecretary Housing and Community Development

Please join us in congratulating DUSP alumna Janelle Chan (MCP '07) on being named undersecretary for housing and community development for Massachusetts’s executive office of housing and economic development.

Chan succeeds another DUSP alumna Chrystal Kornegay (MCP '97). Kornegay is the director of MassHousing, for coverage of Kornegay's appointment read the DUSP News Story here.

Improving implementation of the Fair Housing Act to better meet its ideals

Many urban areas in the United States remain highly segregated by race, limiting socio-economic mobility for a region's residents. In their new op-ed for the Bay State Banner, DUSP's Nicholas Kelly (doctoral candidate) and Justin Steil (Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning) delve into the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) implementation of the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, which requires municipalities receiving HUD funding to engage their communities in order to reduce place based disparities in access to opportunity.

Big Data and Understanding Mobility in a City

The proliferation of fitness tracking technologies - in our watches, bracelets, phones and other devices - has exploded, as people eagerly monitor and record their daily activities. The MIT Senseable City Lab, in collaboration with Liberty Mutual Insurance, have analyzed and anonymized this data to better understand activity patterns in cities, presenting their findings through CityWays. CityWays is an interactive data visualization project, that allows users to easily map modes of transportation, weather, routes, frequency, age, and gender to urban locations.

Two Doctoral Candidates Awarded Martin Family Fellowships

Please join us in congratulating doctoral candidates Elise Harrington and Daniel Gallagher, recipients of the 2018 Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability.

The Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability is a diverse community of MIT doctoral students, selected across the entire institute, who are pursuing sustainability research in a wide array of fields and topics.