From engineer to urban planner

Grad student Billy Ndengeyingoma helps improve affordable-housing design in Africa.

Billy Ndengeyingoma’s time at MIT has been marked by transitions. He has moved from one continent to another, from an undergraduate program to a master’s, and from a civil engineering specialty to urban planning.

Yet no matter what is happening in his life, he has learned to always make time for self-reflection. This practice has helped him discover a great deal about himself, and has pushed him to think deeply about the impact he wants to have on the world.  

STL9 Building: Now Open

Samuel Tak Lee Building filled with light and life after summer renovations.

Last year, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and the Center for Real Estate (CRE) gathered to give Building 9 a new name: the Samuel Tak Lee Building. This week, they came together again to celebrate the extensive summer renovations that have given the building a new look and rejuvenated spaces.

An autonomous fleet for Amsterdam

MIT, AMS Institute will collaborate to solve complex urban problems for Amsterdam with the development of autonomous "roboats."

MIT has signed an agreement to engage in research collaborations with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) in the Netherlands. The collaboration’s flagship project, led by researchers from multiple departments at MIT, will be to develop a fleet of autonomous boats for the city’s canals.

Brent Ryan: Blueprints for renewal

Professor of urban design and public policy Brent Ryan believes good architecture can help revive cities.

Most of us have looked at an ugly building and thought: I could do better than that. Brent Ryan turned that idea into a career.

Sarah Williams’ “City Digits:Local Lotto” Project On Display at Cooper Hewitt Museum, Sep 30th

Sarah Williams, Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at DUSP will present “City Digits:Local Lotto” at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from Sept. 30 through Feb. 26, 2017.

Planning Ideas that Matter: 5 Faculty Debates

The DUSP PhD Program and the SPURS/Humphrey Fellows Program are sponsoring five faculty debates lead by Professor Larry Vale. Each debate covers a different topic about planning ideas. They will be held on alternate Wednesdays in Room 9-255 (City Arena) at 12:30 pm starting on Sep 14, 2016. Lunch will be served. The topics are as follows:

To reduce discrimination, do law and policy have a role in shaping best practices for the search processes?

What happens when we look at housing discrimination from the perspective of the home seeker instead of the home seller or landlord? Lee Fennell, from the University of Chicago Law School and Bill Fischel, from the Dartmouth College Economics Department, explored this idea in the first event in DUSP’s series on Fair Housing and recent developments in planning, law and civil rights.