SENSEable City: Ride-sharing for Efficiency

Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of companies that provide similar services with licensed taxi cabs have sprung up.
What if the taxi-service app on your cellphone had a button on it that let you indicate that you were willing to share a ride with another passenger? How drastically could cab-sharing reduce traffic, fares, and carbon dioxide emissions?

Two MIT CoLab Mel King Community Fellows Selected as MacArthur Fellows

Two MIT CoLab Mel King Community Fellows (MKCF), Ai-Jen Poo (2013-2014) and Rick Lowe (2014) have been selected as 2014 MacArthur Fellows.  Ai-Jen Poo is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, her MKCFs cohort has been focused on labor/community partnerships and innovative approaches to organizing worker power.  Rick Lowe is Founder of Project Row Houses, his MKCFs cohort is focused on how the field of urban planning can be animated with the creativity and criticality of artist's perspectives.

Call for Abstracts: Projections 12

"Rethinking the Role of Law in Urban Planning, Policy and Development"

Projections (Vol. 12)

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

Due date for abstracts: 30th of October 2014

Calestous Juma on the Africa Ebola Outbreak: How do we prevent it?

DUSP MLK Visiting Professor Calestous Juma has written an opinion piece for Aljazeera on  "The Africa Ebola outbreak: How do we prevent it?"  The article argues that outbreak has exposed Africa's poor infrastructure, limited health research and inadequate scientific adviceee; see http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/08/africa-ebola-outbreak-h... to read more.

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