Lynne Sagalyn and Gary Hack DUSP Fund

Urban Planning Alums Establish Fund for Doctoral Student Research

A new fund will provide vital financial support to doctoral candidates in DUSP. Established by and named in honor of two of the department's alumni, the “Lynne Sagalyn and Gary Hack DUSP Fund” will provide grants up to $20,000 per student to enable research leading to doctoral dissertations; funds may be used for travel, data acquisition, student stipends, and other research expenses.

Successful Conclusion of the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) 2017 Practicum

In January, led by Professor and MSCP Co-Director Larry Susskind, thirteen Masters of City Planning students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology arrived in Malaysia to join the 2016-2017 MSCP International Visiting Scholars, UTM students, and UTM faculty in the annual MIT-UTM Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP) Practicum. During the Practicum, students and faculty identify emerging sustainable city development questions for future MSCP research, as well as learn from and highlight the successes of Malaysia’s efforts to become a developed nation by 2020.,.

How is progress toward local climate adaptation being measured? Have U.S. cities developed specific indicators to measure their progress in adaptation planning?

Amy Plovnick, (MCP ’16) explores the way U.S. coastal cities are measuring their adaptation planning progress. While some cities have formulated plans to address climate change, implementation of these plans has been slow to follow. Cities need workable indicators they can use to track the implementation and effectiveness of their adaptation planning efforts. This turns out to be difficult. Continue reading about this topic in this week’s EPP blog post.

What can we learn from lottery spending?

“City Digits: Local Lotto” teaches Brooklyn high school students how to work with data by analyzing lottery spending patterns.


What can we learn from where people buy their lottery tickets — and how much they spend?

City Digits: Local Lotto,” a project from the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT and colleagues at two New York institutions, is exploring this question with the help of Brooklyn high school students who live in low-income neighborhoods where lottery spending is significant.

Student Research: Developers as Community Builders

In her MCP thesis, "The Commodification of Community in Residential Real Estate: The Developer as Community-Builder for Generation Y," April Ognibene (MCP 2016) explored the phenomenon of "community-oriented" development in Millennial-friendly NoMA and H Street neighborhoods of our nation's capital.

MIT to redevelop Volpe Center

MIT has signed an agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to redevelop the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, with aims of turning the federally owned 14-acre parcel in Kendall Square into a more vibrant mixed-use site that will benefit MIT’s mission and the Cambridge community.

How can local leaders negotiate more effectively to manage the impacts of climate change?

Negotiation analysis of climate change-related issues traditionally focuses on ways of resolving specific environmental crises or multiparty diplomacy as it relates to international climate agreements. In their recently published article, Mark Williams, Alex Green, and EPP DUSP PhD candidate, Ella Kim, examine how municipal leaders are increasingly negotiating to implement new policies for managing and adapting to the increasing impacts of climate change.

What are the alternatives to adaptive management for the restoration of jeopardized ecosystems?

Natural resource agencies in the United States have traditionally favored adaptive management, a process emphasizing experimental learning to reduce uncertainty, to restore damaged ecosystems. However, empirically, these restoration efforts tend to rarely, truly reduce uncertainty and shift responsibility for implementation failures to agency organizational issues.

How can political, economic, and social values combat climate change?

In her recent publication, "Solutions to Climate Change Embodied in the Cultures of Markets" in the European Financial Review, Associate Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes discusses the possibilities for markets, specifically the markets uniquely defined by geopolitical cultures to address climate change. She argues that only by expanding our definition of climate change beyond the purely technocratic economic model and incorporating political, economic, and social values, will we be able to effectively combat climate change.