Student Research: Infrastructure Development as Key to Overcoming the Resource Curse in Mineral-rich Countries

In his MCP thesis, "Beyond the Resource Curse: Mineral Resources and Development in Guinea-Conakry," Thierno Amadou Diallo (MCP 2015) explored the relationships between mineral resources and socioeconomic development and examined the role of strategic infrastructure development in overcoming the so-called "resource curse" in resource-rich countries, through a case study of Guinea-Conakry.

White House Water Summit

As part of UN World Water Day, MIT CAU’s project on stormwater constructed wetlands was featured in the White House Water Summit’s Fact Sheet, which profiles important commitments made by stakeholders around the country to push forward water security.

How does food aid get from a farmer’s field to the communities who need it most?

Every year, emergency food aid is provided to millions of people worldwide, but the process of getting food from a farmer’s field to the communities that need it can be challenging.  Food aid often becomes infested or spoiled during transit due to hot and humid climates, long transit times, and poor warehousing.  To address this challenge, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up with the US Agency for International Development’s Food for Peace program to evaluate and improve the current food aid supply chain. This winter, MIT graduate students Prithvi Sundar

The Death of the Traffic Light

Researchers at DUSP, the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETHZ), and the Italian National Research Council (CNR) have developed slot-based intersections that could replace traditional traffic lights, significantly reducing queues and delays. This idea is based on a scenario where sensor-laden vehicles pass through intersections by communicating and remaining at a safe distance from each other, rather than grinding to a halt at traffic lights.

Exhibit: Future of Suburbia

A new exhibit on display in the Okawa Lobby of the MIT Media Lab explores "The Future of Suburbia."  Major goals of the work are to expose the nuance and complexity of the suburban condition, visually document suburbanization around the world, and produce four design frameworks for future suburban conditions. The four frameworks describe a future of suburbia that is heterogeneous, experimental, autonomous, and productive.

DUSP in the Field: Classes around the Globe

This Spring semester students and faculty at DUSP are hard at work around the world in studio and practicum classes.  Below is a quick summary of some of the places we are working, and the challenges we are tackling:

Malaysia Sustainable Cities Practicum: