DesignX selects first cohort

Eight student-led teams hoping to launch ventures ranging from real estate development, to urban diagnostics, to novel design solutions for schoolchildren have been selected as the inaugural cohort for DesignX, the new entrepreneurship accelerator from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P).

How do we prepare the planners of tomorrow to interpret human relationships with energy?

Discover Assistant Professor David Hsu's take on the human relationship with energy and how that relationship affects urban studies and planning issues such as climate change in the faculty focus piece in the current issue of Energy Futures.

How are international treaties shaping conservation efforts in Southeast Asia? How are different national approaches to managing protected areas and preserving marine resources working?

Kelly Heber-Dunning (PhD '16) analyzes the way in which Malaysia and Indonesia are attempting to implement the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), particularly with regard to the protection of coral reefs. Both nations are committed to safeguarding ecosystems and ensuring a fair distribution of benefits within their societies, but they are taking very different approaches to achieving these goals.

How will Just Cause Eviction affect the health of Boston Renters?

In a new Rapid Health Impact Assessment (RHIA), Professor Mariana Arcaya, together with DUSP students, Jennifer Hiser (MCP '16), Ellen Morris (MCP '16), Hannah Payne (MCP '16), Amy Plovnick (MCP '16), and Ayesha Shahid (MCP '17) explore how the proposed Just Cause Eviction Ordinance, could affect the health of renters in the City of Boston. The proposed ordinance, now titled the “Jim Brooks Stabilization Act of 2016,” would limit evictions by non-owner-occupant landlords to those with a “Just Cause,” which includes any violation of the lease terms.

People’s Climate March: Frontlines of Crisis, Forefront of Change

Do you remember the People’s Climate March (PCM) in 2014? Who led it, and why did it make history? Did you know that there was a deep divide between two streams of the movement?

Dennis Frenchman Interview on MIT News: The rise of innovation districts in Cambridge and beyond

DUSP professor explains how “productive neighborhoods” can remake cities.

Jonathan Mingle | School of Architecture and Planning 
November 28, 2016

Cities around the world are redeveloping industrial areas, downtown districts, and exurban office parks with a mix of retail, housing, and the anchors of the new digital economy: startup incubators and co-working spaces. But beyond these basic ingredients, what makes a 21st-century urban neighborhood both a productive and an enriching place to live and work?

Big Data Visualization and Society Exhibition Opens

An exhibition showcasing student work from the Civic Data Design Lab’s Spring 2016 “Big Data, Visualization and Society” course opened November 17 at MIT’s Keller Gallery. The exhibition, “Riyadh: Big Data Visualization and Society” includes a touch screen display for visitors to interact with the six projects.

Ezra Glenn Shares the Truth About Finding The Best Small Cities

DUSP Lecturer Ezra Glenn recently shared his research on small cities with WalletHub, including the most important factors to consider when deciding where to live. Glenn notes that to the surprise of most economists, financial factors are not the most important factors to most people in choosing a place to live. People of all incomes choose to live in places where they relate to culture, weather, history, and family before considering cost.

Call for Papers: Projections 13, "Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism"

Aria Finkelstein and Hannah Teicher, student editors for the next issue of MIT's PROJECTIONS journal, have issued a call for papers on the topic of "Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism." 

Paper submission deadline: January 16, 2017

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