"ReThinking a Lot" Shortlisted for Urban Design Group Publisher Award

At a recent ceremony of at the Royal Overseas League in London, Professor Eran Ben-Joseph's book ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking was nominated for a National Urban Design Award as one of six top books in urban design from 2012.

In their remarks about the book, the judges noted:

Students Win International SEED Award

Stephen Kennedy (MCP’12) and Alice Shay (MCP’12), co-founders of the

Eran Ben-Joseph: DUSP's Newest Department Head

In January, Eran Ben-Joseph took over as the head of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, succeeding Amy Glasmeier who is stepping down after four years in the post to focus on teaching and research.

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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.