IDG Student Alum Profile: Julia Tierney

In the third edition of the IDG student profile series, we meet Julia Tierney, a recent graduate of the Master in City Planning program. 


1. What were you doing before you came to DUSP?

I was working on urban upgrading (specifically water and sanitation) projects with the World Bank in Brazil.

2. Why did you choose to come to DUSP?

Departmental Calendar

Below is a Google Calendar showing departmental events, primarily intended for internal communication between students, faculty, staff, and the DUSP community.  For additional descriptions and listings of other Events, be sure to check the News and Events page (from the menu above) and the official MIT Events Calendar.

(Students and faculty wishing to add to/edit this calendar, see Plaza.)

IDG Student Profile: Sarah Dimson

In the second of a series of IDG student profiles, we meet Sarah Dimson, a first-year Master in City Planning student. 

1. What were you doing before you came to DUSP?

Tweeting the City: A Series of Real-Time Interactive Forums on Urban Issues

On the third Thursday of every month from May through November of this year, a live online Twitter discussion on various topics related to cities has been conducted by SA+P’s Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), under the hash tag #citychat.

Systemic Design© Can Change the World

Systemic Design© Can Change the World calls attention to the larger scale forces in the built and natural environment. When these forces are revealed and understood, it radically affects the way planners and designers conceive and define projects and thus avoid superficial cosmetics or post-rationalized form. Systemic Design seeks to reveal interactions between environmental, economic, and programmatic stresses across larger territories beyond the project site, rather than restricting focus to isolated locations and strict building envelopes.

Students Attend Geneva Global Mercuty Negotiations

A group of MIT students and faculty, including Leah Stokes and Danya Rumore (both DUSP PhD candidates in Environmental Policy and Planning)are attending the negotiations for a global treaty on mercury, which are taking place in Geneva from 13-18 January, 2013. Their goal is to help present the latest scientific results for the information of negotiators. You can follow their progress on their blog and twitter.

Event Recap: Regional Economic and Development Planning in East Africa

On Wednesday, November 7, DUSP, urbanAfrica and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITei) hosted a panel discussion called “Regional Economic & Development Planning in East Africa: Natural Gas – Fueling Tanzania Forward." The panel, moderated by MITei Associate Director Rob Stoner, included Joseph Simbakalia (Mtwara Regional Commissioner). Professor Calestous Juma (Harvard Kennedy School), Professor Donald Lessard (Sloan International Management) and DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal.

DUSP Seeks Lecturer in Urban Design (part-time position)

Position: Part-time two-year non-tenure track position as Lecturer for the period September 2013 through May 2015. This is a nine-month academic year position from September to May of each year.


This paper describes the urban design of the digital city called AlphaWorld. AlphaWorld is a digital community created in 1995 and accessed daily through the internet by thousands of users. Unlike other digital communities, AlphaWorld’s users may also settle land and construct objects within the world. The design and content of these constructions are determined autonomously, and the cumulative result of this settlement is an organically evolved digital city.

Morphological Change Through Residential Redevelopment

This study examines the morphological changes that occur when residential redevelopment takes place in severely deteriorated inner-city areas. Six large redevelopments completed between 1990 and 2000 in Detroit, Michigan, USA are examined. Seven morphological characteristics of the new housing are compared with those of the housing that existed in 1951.