When do developers shift from optimizing opportunity to exploitation and opportunism?

What does it mean to be a twice cleared community? How have these communities been shaped by socially constructed narratives of who has the right of access to physical space in the urban environment?

Answers to these questions and more in the latest DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Lawrence Vale. Now available via the DUSP YouTube Channel here

Two DUSP PhD Candidates Selected as Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability

Please join us in congratulating Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) PhD candidates Parrish Bergquist and Hannah Teicher who have been named 2017-2018 Martin Family Fellows.

DUSP Alumni, will lead the Design School at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Jason Schupbach, Master of City Planning (MCP) Alumni, will lead the Design School at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Jason's 2003 MCP thesis, Artists Downtown: Capitalizing on Art Districts in New England, focused on legitimizing and codifying the practice of professional urban planners working with arts districts to achieve economic and community revitalization through urban regeneration without loosing local culture.

Could a more inclusive narrative remedy the global, systemic risks created by a world indoctrinated by the Neoliberal economic narrative?

In the final panel of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Sandra Waddock, Professor of Management and the Galligan Chair of Strategy in the Carroll School of Corporate Responsibility at Boston College, as well as Karen Lai, Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore delve into the outcomes of the neoliberal shaping of our economic narrative and metrics. What alternative emerging paradigms might encompass economy, society, and nature?

Series of events apply MIT know-how to civic engagement with political, economic, and social challenges facing the U.S.

A broad network of faculty, students, and staff at MIT are hosting a Day of Action, today, April 18, in response to the political, economic, and social challenges currently confronting society. The Day of Action is free and open to the public and will continue until 9pm.

How should we define materiality in the context of a city?

In the third panel of the final day of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Robert Eccles, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard University and Aniket Shah, Program Leader of Financing for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, explore the application of integrated reporting's codified capitals and evaluation process to promote more sustainable cities.

DUSP Alumna Appointed to Citizen Committee for Homeless Initiatives for Los Angeles

Tunua Thrash, a DUSP Masters of City Planning alumna, former Executive Director of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, and the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC), has been named as one of three citizen's who will help oversee the Proposition HHH controlled $1.2 billion for homeless initiatives in Los Angeles.

DUSP doctoral candidate Aditi Mehta awarded 2017 Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service

Please join us in celebrating DUSP doctoral candidate, Aditi Mehta's 2017 Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service.

The Priscilla King Gray Awards for Public Service recognizes both MIT graduate and undergraduate students who demonstrated outstanding dedication to social change through prolonged and deep involvement in public service aimed at strengthening the MIT community.

What can we do about an inefficient and self-destructive financial system created by raging banking?

In the second panel of the final day of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Gerald Epstein, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Sabine Döerry, Senior Research Fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Luxembourg, discuss the shift in the practice of banking that allowed for the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the calculated costs of this modern style of banking, and possible methods for curtailing the extremes and mitigating the risks it creates.

Three DUSP Students Awarded Kuehn Fellowships

Please join us in congratulating Amarillys Rodriguez, Rachel Belanger, and Will Monson on their recently announced 2016 Kuehn Fellowships.

The Kuehn Fellowship is designed to enable promising students to work with embed organizations to further access and capacity for Massachusetts affordable housing. Fellows share and assimilate knowledge through networks of mentors, practitioners, and government officials.