Norman B. Leventhal ’38, visionary developer and philanthropist, dies at 97

Corporation member helped create Boston’s urban revival and was a noted contributor to MIT.

Norman B. Leventhal ’38 — a visionary developer and philanthropist at the center of Boston’s postwar revival, and a conscience of its civic life — died Sunday at age 97. Leventhal was a life member emeritus of the MIT Corporation, and a vital member of the Institute community throughout his decades as an alumnus.

Phil Clay on Talent in Africa

In March, DUSP Professor Phil Clay participated in a panel on “Business, Higher Education and Graduate Employability” at the African Higher Education Summit in Dakar.  His remarks were quoted in a story in the University World News:

Thresholds 43: Scandalous

The latest issue of Thresholds, the annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the MIT Department of Architecture, is now available. Congratulations to our sister department on a job well-done!

Thresholds 43: Scandalous

Editors: Nathan Friedman + Ann Lui

Gasp! What provokes this reflex that leaves one short of breath? More than just a sudden turn of events, for discourse to move from gossip to scandal there have to be stakes. Reputations, profits, and history-by-the-winners are on the line.

Fadi Masoud: "A Vision for Integrated Agrarian Urbanism"

The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture invited DUSP Lecturer Fadi Masoud to participate in an exhibition titled "Emerging Landscape." The exhibition is IIT College of Architecture’s primary curatorial effort for the spring of 2015, and is a collaboration between the office of the Dean and the program faculty and students. The selected work on display is recognized by an academic jury and the curators as being the most influential in defining emerging trends in landscape architectural research, design, and practice. 

CoLab launches partnership with Banco Palmas

The MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is launching a collaboration with Banco Palmas, the first community development bank in the history of Brazil, and a leader in discussions around the solidarity economy.

Saiz: more female candidates helps political parties gain votes

Political parties find that their fortunes improve when they put more women on the ballot, according to a study co-authored by DUSP Professor Albert Saiz.

In the news: Tunney Lee on Chinatown

A recent story in the Boston Globe describes the construction boom threatening Boston's Chinatown neighborhood.  DUSP's own Professor Emeritus Tunney Lee is quoted in the article: