Breaking New Ground in the Teaching of Socially Responsible Real Estate Development

Just off the shore of Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Country Gardens Holdings Ltd., one of China’s largest real estate developers, is in the process of building a massive mixed-use project called Forest City. Possible environmental, social, and economic impacts of the project have generated substantial controversy both within Malaysia and internationally.

DUSP Alumni Publications: Mapping a better world

Whether recent or venerable, DUSP Alumni continue to build on the culture of innovation and interdisciplinary knowledge creation – and the democratic dissemination of that knowledge to address the world’s most pressing issues — imbued in their education at MIT and DUSP. As an example of this legacy of commitment to applying advanced analysis and design to understand and solve pressing problems, we are pleased to present a selection of recent publications from DUSP alumni.

Honoring leadership in the Latina/o community

On Friday, October 20th, DUSP doctoral candidate, John Arroyo, gave a keynote speech titled “The Power of Latino Leadership, Contribution, and Culture” at a Hispanic Heritage Month awards ceremony at Breed Middle School in Lynn, Massachusetts. The event was sponsored by the Spanish National Junior Honors Society (Chapter: Rigoberta Menchú Nobel Peace Prize) and AATSP American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Lynn Public Schools, and the Latina Center Maria (League of United Latin American Citizens, LULAC, Massachusetts affiliate).

Innovative MIT projects at the Seoul Biennale

Projects by School of Architecture and Planning faculty, researchers, and alumni explore the exhibition's theme of “Imminent Commons.”

Responding to the theme of “Imminent Commons,” a diverse contingent of MIT faculty, researchers, and alumni from the School of Architecture and Planning are participating in the first Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, which is being held from Sept. 2 through Nov. 5.

To learn more, read the full MIT News Story

Crowdsourced mapathon seeks to direct humanitarian aid for Puerto Rico

Inspired by efforts at Columbia University in the City of New York, DUSP doctoral student Lily Bui and Chaewon Ahn along with DUSP GIS instructor, Eric Huntley, and Daniel Sheehan, a senior GIS specialist in the MIT Libraries, organized a volunteer 'mapathon' to help develop a thorough map of Puerto Rico's built environment prior to the2017 hurricane season. Leveraging the OpenStreetMap platform, a diverse group of volunteers was able produce professional-detail maps of areas in Puerto Rico to help aid workers and organizations target their efforts for maximum impact.

Garnette Cadogan, defining the future of writing

Literature has the power to reshape how we perceive and understand the world around us, to transport us into explorations of infinite futures, and even to give us a compass to locate our sense of self and our purpose. We are thrilled to announce that Garnette Cadogan, DUSP’s 2017-2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar, was named one of the 29 artists who are defining the future of writing.

Local government interventions shaping national CO2 emission reductions

Residential energy conservation mandates could reduce residential CO2 emissions in 2030 by an average of 30 percent over and above 2010 levels in eleven representative U.S. metropolitan regions. With the current U.S. presidential administration's stance of opposition to federal action on climate change, local government initiatives have moved to the forefront of reducing national greenhouse gas emissions.

Planning a better world, starting close to home

The MIT Campaign for a Better World, launched in May 2016 with a celebration on campus, then gathered momentum through events that have brought together alumni and friends of MIT in cities worldwide. This week, the series comes home to Boston. On the eve of the local gathering, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the contributions made by MIT faculty and alumni beyond our campus, in Cambridge, Boston, and greater New England. 

DUSP provides targeted aid for Mexican earthquake victims

On Sept. 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City and the surrounding region, demolishing buildings, killing hundreds, and trapping and injuring many more. The disaster galvanized Mexican students in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) to construct a crowdsourcing platform designed to link those in need of help with volunteers best positioned to assist with specific needs.