New Book: Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities

Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities: Strategies for Engagement, Readiness and Adaptation

Lawrence Susskind (MIT | MCP 1970, PhD 1973), Danya Rumore (MIT | Phd 2015), Carri Hulet (MIT | MCP 2013) and Patrick Field (MIT | MCP 1994),Anthem Publishers, 2015

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.

LA Metro Names DUSP Alum Joshua Schank (MCP 1999) as Chief Innovation Officer

Congratulations to Joshua L. Schank (MCP 1999), who was just named the first-even "Chief Innovation Officer" for LA Metro. 

See http://www.masstransitmag.com/press_release/12119639/la-metro-announces-... for more.

Student Research: Historic Maritime Cities as New Places for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

In her PhD dissertation "Historic Maritime Cities as New Places for Entrepreneurs and Innovators:  Lessons from Venice, Amsterdam and Boston," Laurie Zapalac (PhD 2015) explored ways that historically diverse urban environments are still relevant to entrepreneurs today, because they possess a set of particular qualities that makes them knowledge-intensive and provide conditions in which entrepreneurs can "self-optimize."

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