Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
In the eight years since Katrina, faculty, students, and alumni from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies + Planning (DUSP) and School of Architecture + Planning (SA+P) have worked in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast with many organizations and on many issues. DUSP’s and MIT’s work in New Orleans has been sustained and evolved through the entrepreneurship of faculty and students who built relationships in the city and dedicated teaching, studies, and community service work toward post-Katrina rebuilding efforts.
Operating as designers at the intersection of disaster management and risk engineering, hurricanes and earthquakes, ecology and infrastructure, rural and urban, research and action, the Urban Risk Lab is a cross-disciplinary organization of researchers and designers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology addressing the most challenging aspects of contemporary urbanization. The Urban Risk Lab is a place to research and innovate on technologies, techniques, materials, processes, and systems to reduce risk.
Allston Village Main Streets is a vibrant commercial district of Boston that serves a diverse population of college students, long-time residents, and immigrants. While the district has a strong mix of service and retail establishments and a growing cluster of dining destinations, its image is often described as “grungy and perceptions of safety issues and dirty streets prevail.
•How to enhance existing assets to convey that Allston Village Main Streets is “more than meets the eye”
Projections, the Journal of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, focuses on the most innovative and cutting edge research in planning. Each volume is devoted to a different topic of interest to planning scholars, students, and professionals. As a peer-reviewed publication, Projections welcomes original high quality submissions at the vanguard of planning theory and practice.