MIT named No. 1 university worldwide for architecture, No. 2 for art and design

For the second year in a row, MIT has been named the top university in the world for architecture/built environment in the latest subject rankings from QS World University Rankings. In art and design, the Institute ranked No. 2 globally, a jump from fourth position in 2015. Ten other subject areas at MIT were ranked number one.

3 from DUSP win IDEAS Global Challenge awards

3 of 12 teams who won awards at the 2016 IDEAS Global Challenge are from DUSP and SPURS:

  • Sera Tolgay and Sezen Genc, "Muhit" (Turkey):  Digitizing Turkey's muhtar system to allow for collaboration with citizens in city-making.
  • Rebecca Hui, "Roots Studio" (India):  Connecting rural artists to consumers by uploading their art for licensing into an online repository.
  • David Chin-Fei Wang, "Bamboo Bicycles Beijing" (China): Combating motorization in China by empowering youth to design their own mobility solutions. 


DUSP Student Corinna Li selected as 2016 Eno Fellow

Corinna Li has been selected as one the nation’s top graduate students in transportation as part of the 2016 Eno Future Leaders Development Conference.

Student Research: Infrastructure Development as Key to Overcoming the Resource Curse in Mineral-rich Countries

In his MCP thesis, "Beyond the Resource Curse: Mineral Resources and Development in Guinea-Conakry," Thierno Amadou Diallo (MCP 2015) explored the relationships between mineral resources and socioeconomic development and examined the role of strategic infrastructure development in overcoming the so-called "resource curse" in resource-rich countries, through a case study of Guinea-Conakry.

White House Water Summit

As part of UN World Water Day, MIT CAU’s project on stormwater constructed wetlands was featured in the White House Water Summit’s Fact Sheet, which profiles important commitments made by stakeholders around the country to push forward water security.

How does food aid get from a farmer’s field to the communities who need it most?

Every year, emergency food aid is provided to millions of people worldwide, but the process of getting food from a farmer’s field to the communities that need it can be challenging.  Food aid often becomes infested or spoiled during transit due to hot and humid climates, long transit times, and poor warehousing.  To address this challenge, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up with the US Agency for International Development’s Food for Peace program to evaluate and improve the current food aid supply chain. This winter, MIT graduate students Prithvi Sundar

The Death of the Traffic Light

Researchers at DUSP, the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETHZ), and the Italian National Research Council (CNR) have developed slot-based intersections that could replace traditional traffic lights, significantly reducing queues and delays. This idea is based on a scenario where sensor-laden vehicles pass through intersections by communicating and remaining at a safe distance from each other, rather than grinding to a halt at traffic lights.