Communicating climate change: Focus on solutions

MIT discussion highlights causes for optimism and the importance of emphasizing positive steps.

DUSP Student Named Lowell Richards Fellow for Leadership and Public Service

DUSP student Callahan Seltzer (MCP 2015) was recently selected as the winner of the Lowell Richards Fellowship for Leadership and Public Service. As part of the fellowship, Callie will intern at the Massachusetts Port Authority, planning and executing real estate projects on Massport-owned land in South Boston, East Boston, and Charlestown, with a focus on enhancing economic development opportunities and creating great places.

Data-Driven Storytelling

DATA-DRIVEN STORYTELLING is the journalistic wave of the future. At websites like the New York Times’s Upshot and Nate Silver’sFiveThirtyEight, writers are transforming numbers into visual narratives that illuminate modern life. MIT Assistant Professor Sarah Williams, director of the Civic Data Design Lab, is at the forefront of the movement.


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 15, 2015.

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:

Alan Berger at World Economic Forum

Professor Alan Berger recently attended the World Economic Forum, where he presented his ideas on the holistic city.  In the video below, Berger explains that we need to start thinking differently about urban growth, and design innovative cities that use ecological processes to clean and reuse waste water, so we can grow more food for the future.

[credit: World Economic Forum]

CAU discusses "Future of Suburbia"

On 13-14th March, the CAU hosted a “think tank” design charrette on The Future of Suburbia – the Center’s biennial theme. The workshop marks the half-way point in the biennial theme, which will culminate in spring 2016 with a major conference, exhibition, and publication. A number of lectures, courses, design charrettes and other events are also being held through the spring of 2016 in support of the theme.

"Olympian struggles for affordable housing"

Drawing on examples from Atlanta and Rio de Janeiro, a recent article in Places by DUSP Professor Larry Vale and (now-former) MCP student Annemarie Gray discusses the "design politics" of urban planning and development in Olympic host-cities, noting