How does a planner understand and then motivate an individual's transportation choices?

Can the lessons of transportation behavior nudges be extrapolated to our understanding of concepts such as the built environment or climate change? What unique pathways and advantageous can DUSP and Transportation offer MIT and the larger world?

Discover the answers to these questions and more in the newest DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Assistant Professor, Jinhua Zhao.

What is a resilient city?

What can planners offer cities recovering from disasters? How should we define recovery? Are responses to a disaster geographically and categorically specific? How is resilience, and the resilient city, defined in an urban and planner lexicon? How do politics and power interact with the common understanding of resilience?

What can shift a city away from being 'smart' and allow it to be both 'smart' and 'senseable' simultaneously?

What is a sensible city? What advantages do emerging nations have in deploying senseable solutions to pressing issues such as food insecurity, the ability of a government to project power, housing stock, etc.?

Find out more in a question and answer in DevEx, featuring DUSP's Carlo Ratti

DUSP Faculty Spotlight

Watch our first series of faculty videos featuring Gabriella Carolini's Reflections on International Development and Urban Planning, Brent Ryan on Shrinking Cities, Mariana Arcaya describing the Relationships Between Planning and Public Health,  Janelle Knox-Hayes on Understanding U.S.

Four DUSP Students Awarded Rappaport Public Policy Fellowships

Four DUSP Master of City Planning students have been selected for the 2017 Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Public Policy Fellowships. 

What is the future of affordable housing on Martha's Vineyard?

In cooperation with Harvard University, Island Food Products, and Island Housing Trust, DUSP students are exploring innovative methods for increasing access to affordable housing on Martha's Vineyard.
To read more about this exciting project be sure to read the full article on MVTimes here.

Connecting theory and research with application in the field

The Infrastructure, Smart Cities and Transportation Workshop, co-hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Parsons, was held on March 8, 2017. Many of the speakers and participants were DUSP students and faculty, seeking ways to marry their innovative research with direct, actionable, application in the real world.

What are the causes and consequences of continued segregation in our communities and urban landscape?

What can students learn from bringing scholars, policy makers, community organizers, and activists together to discuss a subject on a transparent and open forum? How does a personal theory and philosophy of justice engage with the field of planning?

In this DUSP Faculty Video, Assistant Professor Justin Steil discusses these topics in relation to his work with the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy with Ingrid Gould Ellen and his pedagogy for weaving justice into his courses at MIT.