MISTI funds over 80 MIT faculty projects

From building architectural structures with 3-D printing and drone technology, to combatting drought around the world with a symbiotic ensemble of renewable energy systems, hydropower, and desalination, MISTI Global Seed Funds (GSF) awardees help to solve the world’s challenges through collaborations with their international peers. MISTI GSF projects have led to published papers, subsequent grants, and lasting collaboration — between individuals, and between MIT and other leading research institutions.

DUSP PhD Candidate John Arroyo's efforts to improve the MIT community recognized by the MIT Federal Credit Union as he is named the 2017 People Helping People Award

Please join us in congratulating, DUSP PhD Candidate John Arroyo's efforts to improve the MIT community recognized by the MIT Federal Credit Union as he is named the 2017 People Helping People Award.

The award recognizes the consistent commitment and effort Arroyo demonstrates both as a graduate resident tutor at MIT's Simmons Hall and within his role as a mentor, teacher, and advisor within DUSP.

DUSP Alumna receives honorary doctorate of fine arts from the University of Notre Dame

DUSP Alumna Martha Lampkin Welborne receives honorary doctorate of fine arts from the University of Notre Dame.

In her thesis, Martha Lampkin Welborne, MCP '81, examined Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) programs' ability to promote participation by local actors in a design process. To read more about her thoughts on the R/UDAT efficacy, check out her thesis here.

DUSP's Professor Lawrence Vale receives a 2017 Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising

Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, who has been a member of the MIT faculty for over 28 years and has received many awards for teaching and advising, was named one of the 2017 Frank E. Perkins recipient for excellence in graduate advising.

Despite having eleven current doctoral advisees, Vale works closely and attentively with each student to mentor and give them opportunities to succeed at MIT and beyond. Students, both current and alumni, wrote in to voice their thanks for Vale's consistent care and mentorship.

Our Better World features Ecotourism in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

The Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP), housed in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, is pleased to congratulate their collaborator, the community organization, Kelab Alami Mukim Tg Kupang on their newly announced plans for a Nature and Heritage Centre. Kelab Alami, founded by Shalan Jum’at, a community leader in Kampong Ladang and Serina Rahman, a Visiting Research Fellow at the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, focuses on empowering community youth through environmental awareness and education.

How can the partnership between climate change deniers with nativists and white nationalists be understood through the lens of their shared narrative of a perceived existential threat of progressive evolution?

70-mile long, 300 feet wide rift in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. Image credit: NASA, November 2016

In the final Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Speaker Series, guest speaker, Elvin Wyly, Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia and DUSP's own Professor Amy Glasmeier delve into the evolution of the noösphere, the sphere of human thought, magnified by the interconnectivity of the internet and the proliferation of bot technology, and what this means for traditional partnerships and value inspired political beliefs.

Has the Fair Housing Act been successful at desegregation and increasing equity of access and quality of housing across the US?

Why was the Fair Housing Act of 1968 so divisive and difficult to pass? Do the historical legacies of the creation of the Fair Housing Act echo across into our ability to successfully and consistently project enforcement?

Find out answers to these questions and more in the newest DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Assistant Professor Justin Steil.

How can planners help individuals to participate in an informed manner in the planning process for their communities?

What effect do localized, carefully designed, serious games have on their participants's actions inside their community? Can they be used as a public policy and planning tool to change the course of history in particular locations?

Answers to these questions and more in our newest DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Professor Lawrence Susskind and a discussion of the use of Role Play Simulation in the field of planning.