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.

The future of urban housing in Brazil

The School of Architecture and Planning and the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU) at MIT have established a long-term initiative to rethink the future of affordable housing in Brazil, which faces an estimated shortage of 7 million units.

Autonomous boats providing environmental monitoring, transportation, and dynamic urban infrastructure - science fiction or scientific collaboration?

Imagine a future where autonomous boats provide transportation for goods and people while dynamically providing floating real-time, on demand infrastructure. This is the concept behind the Roboat program, a collaborative effort between MIT and the Netherland's AMS Institute (Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions).

Participants include DUSP professors Carlo Ratti and Dennis Frenchman.

How is Iceland dealing with imminent risks in its food system? Would you be surprised to know that it is no contingency plan to deal with potential food supply and distribution problems?

When we think of effects of climate change, food security is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, in the case of Iceland the issue is actually quite urgent. Holly Jacobson (MCP’16 ) investigates the challenges Iceland faces. She examines the direct and indirect effects of climate change on the food system, going well beyond economic concerns. What she learns ought to influence resilience planning more generally.

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