What is a 'Semi-topia'?

How do planners balance the desire to design utopias with inherent human imperfection? Why do so many traditional planners come from the field of architecture, and is that a good thing? What does a focus on the physical form of a city exclude from a comprehensive plan?

Learn the answers to these questions and more in the most recent DUSP Faculty video, featuring Associate Professor Brent Ryan.

How do you decide where to live? Do the most important factors stay constant throughout your life?

Many of us relocate to enhance our quality of lives. Tatjana Trebic, MCP’ 16 decided to examine these questions in the context of young low-income women transitioning to adulthood after Hurricane Katrina. She tried to understand why some of these young women decided to stay or return to high poverty neighborhoods. As planners, it is important to understand and support the choices these young people make.

Professor Eran Ben-Joseph joins Professor Christine Ortiz as co-director of MISTI Israel

Professor Eran Ben-Joseph, also Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, is a native of Israel and spent time as a visiting lecturer at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The move to co-director comes after sustained involvement with the MISTI Israel Program since its formal launch in 2007. To read more about Eran's involvement with MISTI please visit the MIT News article here.

The Fight Over Foreigners

The United States has long held in tension its identity as a nation of immigrants with a desire to craft a particular composition of the nation by excluding categories of migrants on the basis of education, income, race, ethnicity, or religion. The rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election and the recent executive orders have again highlighted this tension. What are roots of the current administration’s immigration policies? To what extent are recent shifts in immigration policies unique and to what extent do they echo earlier periods of U.S. migration?

Did the European Union actually meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations?

Bioenergy has entered the renewable energy strategy for addressing climate change. It contributes the largest fraction of renewable energy world wide, and is 60% of the renewable portfolio in the European Union. Can we actually claim bioenergy is carbon neutral? If not, what are the actual costs behind the normative accounting of bioenergy emissions and who is accountable for the added greenhouse gases?

What is the City Design and Development group (CDD)?

What is the group's function within DUSP and the greater MIT community? Join us for the next DUSP Faculty Video as Associate Professor, Brent D. Ryan, Head of CDD, situates CDD and exposes the networks it shares across MIT and out into external clients and projects.

Sharing the fares

A newly published study co-authored by MIT researchers suggests that urban ride-sharing is feasible in a wide variety of cities around the globe — and indeed that the potential “shareability” of autos in those places is more similar, from place to place, than previously expected.

In an active democracy, like the United States, can we separate politicized value connotations attached to climate change?

In a new DUSP Faculty Video, Associate Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes discusses the nature and the limitations of markets when examined in at the local level. For example, how do different countries frame their climate change policy? Is their understanding rooted in a narrative of economic incentives, issues of morality, or perhaps as a security issue? How do differing and diverse perceptions affect their interactions with market apparatus aimed at controlling climate change?

How do technocratic institutions and governments approach complex issues such as emission trading and more broadly climate change policy?

Is the rationality of economic logic culturally specific?

In our third DUSP Faculty Video, Associate Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes delves into these questions and more. After you finish the video if you are even more curious about the topics discussed, be sure to check out Janelle's new book, the Cultures of Markets: the Political Economy of Climate Governance, Oxford Press, where she expatiates upon these concepts.