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:

Student Research: Supply-Side Water Management

In her MCP thesis, "Pipe Dream: Why Utah’s Water Managers Continue to Prioritize Supply-side Solutions," Chloe Schaefer (MCP 2015) dug down to analyze the politics and policy of water resources management in Utah.

Excellence in Public Service Awards: Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline: May 2, 2016.

Purpose.  In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes: