Making cities smarter

Imagine your city as it might be in the not-so-distant future.

Transportation in this city is various, pleasant, and low-impact. There are safe and efficient bike lanes, and anyone can order a cheap ride from an autonomous, minimal-emissions vehicle. Because fewer people drive, and almost no one idles in traffic, air quality is high. There are plenty of parks and open spaces because cars are less prevalent. Life in your city is happy, healthy, and sustainable. Your city is, above all, a smart city.

Housing Debate: "No Easy Pathway out of Poverty"

An essay by DUSP Professor Larry Vale and PhD Student Nick Kelly kicks off the latest debate in NYU's "The Dream Revisited" series.  The article, entitled "From Public Housing to Vouchers: No Easy Pathway out of Poverty," discusses the history of research and practice aimed at ending persistent poverty.

Student Research: The Shape of Segregation

In her MCP thesis, "The Shape of Segregation: The Role of Urban Form in Immigrant Assimilation," Arianna Salazar Miranda (MCP 2016) dug down to examine and analyze the dynamics of residential segregation in immigrant communities.

Projections 12: New Approaches to Law and Planning

Hot off the (virtual) presses: the latest issue of Projections, the MIT Journal of Planning.  Volume 12 focuses on a renewed engagement between Law and Planning:

Putting a Face on Data

DUSP Professor Sarah Williams was recently interviewed for a profile on MIT's ILP Insider.  In the post she discusses how her work use crowd-sourcing to produces real-time information on human behavior.

DUSP Alum Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Delivers Keynote Address at Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala MCP ’78, PhD ’81 encourages graduates to tackle pressing issues.

DUSP alumna and former Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (MCP ’78, PhD ’81) urged MIT’s newly minted doctoral graduates to solve “the world’s toughest challenges,” in a keynote speech at the Institute’s 2016 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods on Thursday.

Congratulations, DUSP 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016

At the Departmental Commencement Lunch on June 2, 2016, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Sara Newman (MCP 1992) as our Commencement Speaker.  Sara is the Director of the Office of Public Health at the National Park Service.

In addition to hearing from Sara, the following year-end awards were announced at the lunch.

Departmental Awards

DUSPx: San Francisco Connections

In January, 2016, the department held a "DUSPx: San Francisco Connections" event, bringing together alumni/ae from the Bay Area to share their work and to renew and update connections with their classmates and colleagues.

The evening was the third in a series of "DUSPx" events established to promote the exchange of ideas and to foster connections among DUSP alumni/ae and with current faculty and students. It followed similar events in New York and Los Angeles.

DUSP + MCI Norfolk team up for joint course

A seminar explores inequality through conversations in Massachusetts’ largest prison.

Each Friday morning this semester, the 24 students in MIT course 11.469 (Urban Sociology) have traveled one of two routes to class.

Half of them gather at 6:50 a.m Cambridge, Massachusetts, clamber into a rented van for an hour-long drive, and then make their way through a lengthy security screening. The other 12 take a short walk — from their cells.

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