MIT, Delft, and Wageningen to Partner on "Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions"

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 10:32am

Based on the results of a competitive call for proposals, the City of Amsterdam' has announced that its new science institute -- the "Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions" -- is to be developed by collaboratively by MIT, Delft University and Wageningen University.  The group's proposal was "head and shoulders above the other short-listed entries," according to Robbert Dijkgraaf, chairman of the jury.  "Amsterdam will be getting something really new: a scientific institute of technology which will develop expertise in practical urban issues."

Students Create "Energy for Human Development" Group

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 2:12pm

Nearly 1.3 billion people live without electricity in the developing world — contributing to other vital social challenges, such as a lack of food and water and adequate healthcare. Seeing the need for a more collaborative approach to confronting the developing world’s energy challenge, students at MIT have started a new group, called Energy for Human Development (or e4Dev).

The Great Rent Wars

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 3:14pm

Written by one of the country’s foremost urban historians, The Great Rent Wars tells the fascinating but little-known story of the battles between landlords and tenants in the nation’s largest city from 1917 through 1929. These conflicts were triggered by the post-war housing shortage, which prompted landlords to raise rents, drove tenants to go on rent strikes, and spurred the state legislature, a conservative body dominated by upstate Republicans, to impose rent control in New York, a radical and unprecedented step that transformed landlord-tenant relations.

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