Measuring the energy consumption of China’s domestic investment from 1992 to 2007

Submitted by Selene Victor on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 11:29am

In this study, we first define the energy consumption of domestic investment as the investment-driven
energy consumption (IDEC). Then, we build an energy input–output model to identify quantitatively
the amounts of China’s IDEC from 1992 to 2007. We also use the model to analyze the sector distributions
of the IDEC for the same time period. The key findings derived from this study improve the understanding
of the effects of China’s domestic investment on its energy consumption expansion and reflect the fact

What Works for Green Cities

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 4:38pm

In cities across the country, bike-sharing plans, tree-planting initiatives, and other programs aimed at enhancing urban sustainability are becoming increasingly popular. As mayors consider how to design and implement their own programs, they can turn for guidance to a series of MIT assessments of what kinds of programs have worked — and not worked — in other cities and why. The MIT director of the assessment project is now developing a systematic, user-friendly method of presenting this information as well as a protocol that will permit easy or even automatic updating of the content.

Designing The Reclaimed Landscape

Submitted by Alan Berger on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 10:03am

The first practical yet in-depth exploration of how to reclaim the post-industrial landscape, this volume includes excellent case studies by practitioners and policy makers from around the US, giving first rate practical examples.

The book addresses new thinking about landscape, which applies new techniques to the task of transforming outdated and disused post-extraction landscapes through design. In the USA alone, there are nearly 500,000 abandoned mines in need of reclamation and this book provides the first in-depth guidance on this real and pressing issue.

Drosscape: Wasting Land In Urban America

Submitted by Alan Berger on Sun, 11/25/2012 - 8:38pm

Do you really know what is under that new house you just bought? How about what lies beneath the neighborhood playground? Was that "big box" retailer down your street built over a toxic site? These are just a few of the worrisome scenarios facing us all as our cities begin to redevelop old toxic waste sites--places Alan Berger has coined "drosscapes." Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America is your guide to this vast, hitherto largely ignored field of waste landscapes.

$25M to Establish New USAID program

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 11/08/2012 - 5:12pm

MIT will receive up to $25 million in funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of a new five-year project intended to fight poverty by developing and evaluating useful technologies for communities around the globe.

“People here really care about doing something for the world’s poor,” says Bish Sanyal, the Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning in DUSP, who is one of the leaders of the Institute’s participation in the project.

Playing Games with the Budget: ideas for emphasizing the legislative elements of budget-making through an online multiplayer toy

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 11:24am

Since the late 1980s, planners and researchers have explored---and generally touted---the use of participatory budget processes to educate and engage stakeholders; participatory budgeting has been celebrated for its potential to improve participation and the legitimacy of government decisions, and may even hold promise to deliver the "collective intelligence" benefits of "crowdsourcing." In a related vein, recent public, media, and educational projects have built on an established tradition of planning and policy games and "serious play"---including role-playing games, scenario planning exe