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:

Water Club

Urban planning student Isadora Araujo Cruxen is a leader in MIT's Water Club, a forum for discussion and teaching about water technology, policy, and science.

MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative Seed Grant Winners Announced

MIT is already a powerhouse of environmentally oriented research and innovation. The Environmental Solutions Initiative is building on this vibrant foundation using Seed Grants to encourage new, cross-disciplinary research partnerships that advance progress and solutions on issues of environmental significance to humanity. A total of 59 teams of faculty, research staff and students responded to the first call for proposals, from which nine winners were announced on March 13, 2015, including two teams from DUSP: