Congratulations

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

At the Departmental Commencement Breakfast at the MIT Media Lab on June 5, 2014, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Kairos Shen (MArch 1991) as our Commencement Speaker.  Kairos is the Director of Planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority --- a position he has held since 2002 --- and is responsible for all aspects of community planning, urban design, zoning, waterfront planning, and infrastructure planning in the city. 

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

DUSP/CAU Team Wins HUD "Rebuild By Design" Competition

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has announcedthat six design proposals -- including one by MIT/DUSP's Center for Advanced Urbanism, with partners ZUS + Urbanisten -- have been selected as winners of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition. The MIT team’s winning design proposal "New Meadowlands” protects a unique area of approximately thirty square miles in the NY/NJ Metropolitan Region, against future flood events.

Global survey: Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning

An increasing number of cities around the world now include preparations for climate change in their basic urban planning — but only a small portion of them have been able to make such plans part of their economic development priorities, according to a unique global survey of cities released today.

Best Poster Award for the 2014 Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Preparedness Conference

A team of DUSP graduate students and faculty won the Best Poster Award at the 2014 Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Preparedness Conference for their poster on the New England Climate Adaptation Project. The Local Solutions Conference, which was hosted by Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, brought together planners, educators, and decision makers from around the U.S.

Danya Rumore named a 2014-2015 Martin Family Fellow for Sustainability

DUSP EPP PhD Cannidate Danya Rumore, nominated by Professor Susskind for her work in sustainable development and the use of role-play simulations to communicate the scientific information needed for lay audiences to effectively participate in collaborative risk management efforts, has been named a 2014-2015 Martin Family Fellow. The Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, established at MIT in 1996 through the generous support of the Martin Fam

DUSP Alum Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala -"100 Influential People"

DUSP Alum Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (PhD 1981) has been named one of Time Magazine's "100 Influential People." Ngozi is currently Finance Minister of Nigeria -- "one of the toughest jobs on the planet," according to Time.   In naming her to this   prestigious group, the magazine notes that she "has made corruption her enemy and stability her goal."

To read the magazine's profile of Ngozi and her work -- written by U2's Bono -- see http://time.com/70846/ngozi-okonjo-iweala-2014-time-100/.

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