More than survival, how can we map a path towards more resilient and just cities after natural disasters?

In the wake of the hurricanes in the Gulf and Florida, as well as the massive wildfires raging through the West Coast, Americans will be dealing with the aftermath, both economically and socially, of these natural disasters for decades to come. In a new article on Five Thirty Eight, Maggie Koerth-Baker, highlights the work of DUSP’s Mariana Arcaya, to emphasize that the health impacts of major natural disasters persist beyond the immediate event, sometimes for decades to come.

How does big data analysis and the innovative technique of ground-truthing translate into an exhibition?

By Chaewon Ahn

The Ghost Cities project is introduced at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism as part of the “Commoning Cities” exhibition. The exhibition opened in September 2nd at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul, and will continue until November 5th.

What layers of understanding are revealed when we expand, rather than simplify, the discussion of sharing economies?

In a new article entitled ‘Sharing Economies: Moving beyond Binaries in a Digital Age’ in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Janelle Knox-Hayes, Anna Davies (Trinity College), Betsy Donald (Queen’s University), and Mia Gray (University of Cambridge) explore the benefits of building a lexicon for describing and understanding diverse sharing economies.

How do urban studies and computer science intersect to protect critical urban infrastructure?

As we continue to invest and rely upon interconnected, smart devices (the Internet of Things), are we providing gateways to disable or attack entire smart cities of the future?

3 Questions: Brent Ryan on Hurricane Harvey

Flying through Texas last weekend on his way to a workshop in Mexico, Brent Ryan found himself stranded at a hotel near Houston’s Bush International Airport as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic flooding. An associate professor of urban design and planning at MIT, Ryan and two of his graduate students watched the waters rise and considered the implications of the disaster unfolding around them.

Do we have an accurate map of the relationship between cities, coastlines, resiliency, and land reclamation?

DUSP's Brent Ryan, Fadi Masoud (University of Toronto), and the MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism are seeking to explore this relationship via an innovative approach to traditional case study models.

Has China's investment in industrial parks dispersed diverse economic benefit to proximate areas?

In a new place-based study, DUSP's Siqi Zheng, Weizeng Sun (Jinan University), Jianfeng Wu (Fudan University), and Mathew Kahn (USC Economics Department), measure and analyze the spillover effects of 110 industrial parks built near eight major cities in China, focusing on the changes in productivity, wages, and localized employment in the urban areas.

To learn more about the study, read the MIT News article here:

Pages