James Rojas: A Planning Primer

DUSP Alum James Rojas (SM/MCP 1991) is featured in a recent exclusive feature on Planetizen, entitled "A Planning Primer: Validating the Lived Experiences of Immigrants," in which he argues that a few key considerations, implemented during a public engagement process, can ensure active and engaged participation from commonly marginalized groups and individuals.   

Two New DUSP Students Win APA Scholarship

Two members of the newest class of DUSP MCP students have been awarded the 2015 Judith McManus Price Scholarship from the American Planning Association:

DUSP Welcomes Four New Faculty

This fall DUSP welcomes four new faculty to its ranks. Combining the tools of urban planning and design with expertise in complementary disciplines, the group adds considerable strength to the department in areas such as public health and healthcare, environmental policy and planning, energy and other infrastructure systems, and the intersection of property, land use, and civil rights law.

The four new professors are:

Looking Back: DUSP and New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

By the time Katrina was through with New Orleans in August 2005, 80% of the city was flooded, 1800 people had died and more than 217,000 homes had been damaged or destroyed, displacing 30,000 senior residents and 17,000 low-income families. Three-quarters of the population had been evacuated, thousands of buildings were unsafe to occupy and thousands more lay condemned.

Displacement and Return in New Orleans

Starting in 2003—before the hurricane occurred—1,019 low-income parents from New Orleans enrolled in a study of community college students and answered questions about their economic status, social ties, and mental and physical health. Hurricane Katrina disrupted the study in August of 2005, and provided an extremely rare opportunity to study the consequences of a disaster for the lives of vulnerable individuals and their families.

In the News: Digital Matatus in WIRED

Wired Magazine recently profiled MIT's Digital Matatus, a project of DUSP Professor Sarah Williams and the MIT Civic Data Design Lab.  To read the story, see http://www.wired.com/2015/08/nairobi-got-ad-hoc-bus-system-google-maps/ ; to learn more about the project, see http://dusp.mit.edu/cdd/project/digital-matatus and the MIT News.