"Places in the Making" to be used for NeighborWorks America training curriculum

Lead author Susan Silberberg is pleased to announce that the DUSP whitepaper “Places in the Making: How placemaking builds places and communities” is to be included in training materials for community development professionals and activists. The NeighborWorks America Training Institute provides training to thousands of community development professionals and activists every year.

Places in the Making

Public places play a key role in building community and placemaking can empower local communities to create a sense of "belonging" through place. A new report by a DUSP research team, led by Susan Silberberg, examines the interactions between placemaking, community participation, and the expanding ways communities are collaborating to make great public places.

Kelly Heber A Finalist in Fish Hackathon

Kelly Heber, a DUSP PhD student working with the Science Impact Collaborative, and Iain Dunning, a PhD student in MIT Operations Research were finalists in the State Department’s 2014 Our Ocean Conference fisheries data competition known as the “Fish Hackathon.”

Professor Susskind’s Interview on Arctic policy with Oceans at MIT

Given the rapidly changing status of the Arctic sea ice, which may disappear for entire summers as soon as mid-century, the world is presented with an unprecedented opportunity to access virgin resources and areas. However, this emerging situation is fraught with geo-political, environmental, and indigenous peoples concerns. In an interview with Oceans at MIT, Professor Susskind offers his opinions on the dynamics at play in the evolution of the Arctic situation as well as hopes for future interaction with challenges by MIT students and faculty.

New England Climate Adaptation Project Reports Garner More News Coverage

New risk assessment reports produced by the New England Climate Adaptation Project for the towns of Wells, Cranston, and Barnstable have generated considerable coverage in the press.

Professor Susskind Publishes New Book, Good For You, Great For Me

Thirty years ago, Roger Fisher and Bill Ury wrote the groundbreaking book Getting to Yes.  It established the mutual gains approach to negotiation, or what the popular media likes to call "win-win negotiation." But there are few, if any, negotiating situations in which everyone can get everything they want.  In reality, most people want to win at win-win negotiation.

Congratulations

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

At the Departmental Commencement Breakfast at the MIT Media Lab on June 5, 2014, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Kairos Shen (MArch 1991) as our Commencement Speaker.  Kairos is the Director of Planning at the Boston Redevelopment Authority --- a position he has held since 2002 --- and is responsible for all aspects of community planning, urban design, zoning, waterfront planning, and infrastructure planning in the city. 

In addition to hearing from Kairos, the following year-end awards were announced at the Breakfast.

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