The Ethical Dimensions of Climate Negotiation

At this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), MIT community members from across the institute joined delegates from around the world to share ideas and strategies to accelerate progress toward the goal of a 2015 Paris Agreement.

Climate Change and Intensifying Natural Disasters

"Records, by their nature, are not meant to be set annually. And yet that’s what is happening. The costliest year for natural disasters in the United States was 2017."

In a New York Times op-ed, Dr. Leah Stokes (PHD '15) names climate change as the underlying cause for increasing and intensifying natural disasters. Read her full piece, here.

Student Research: Labor Representation of Unionized and Incarcerated Firefighters in California’s Wildlands

Many people in California were saddened to learn that the state's recent wildfire devastation took the lives of firefighters defending Californians' lives, land, and homes. But what they might not have known — and what they may and found even more distressing — is that two of these firefighters were incarcerated people working in a prison labor program, earning no more than $2 an hour.

Transit design impacting the culture and function of the heart of a city

by Chris Zegras

On Friday, 8 December, 2017, the Honorable Enrique Alfaro, Mayor of México’s second largest city, Guadalajara, visited MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). The Mayor and members of his team came to participate in students’ final presentation from the graduate class, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Guadalajara, which identified TOD strategies around the city’s new light rail line.

What are the cultural issues behind climate policy?

Why do we have such a range of climate plans - including over 60 different greenhouse gas emissions pricing systems - when we are trying to collectively reduce climate impact from the burning of fossil fuels - a global concern?

This is a fundamental question for Janelle Knox-Hayes, Lister Brothers Associate Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, who continues to research and publish examinations of how location and culture affect the shaping and efficacy of emissions markets.

Crowdsourcing Collaborative Public Transport Planning

CoAXs, Collaborative Accessibility-Based Stakeholder Engagement for Public Transportation Planning, is an interactive planning tool that aims to enhance participation, accessibility, and creative problem-solving for planning public transportation systems.

The Largest Art

How do we reconcile the incremental nature of urban design with the perception of the process being a scaled-up architectural endeavor?

In The Largest Art: A Measured Manifesto for a Plural Urbanism (MIT Press), DUSP's Brent Ryan, posits that urban design transcends the architectural scale, outlining a foundational theory that allows urban design to evolve independently through the lens of pluralism, exploring urban design projects' plurality of scales, time, form, and ownership.

Environmental Problem-Solving

Environmental Problem-Solving - A Video-Enhanced Self-Instructional e-Book from MIT provides a new medium for increasing access to the materials and teaching of MIT.