Fall 2012

Semester Start Date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2012

"21 Days of Questions, 365 Days of Action" Launch

This October, in partnership with DUSP Professor Ceasar McDowell, the City of Cambridge will begin a revolutionary new outreach and education campaign against Domestic Violence. The project asks: What would happen if every one of us in Cambridge started to talk about Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and different forms of Abuse in Relationships? What if YOU, your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers could be part of a whole new way of creating community change: by asking questions to mobilize action?

Rethinking Development: theory + strategy

Thursday, September 20

Lecture: “The Changing Field of Development Finance”

Remy Prud’homme is Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Urbanism of Paris, Paris XII University. He has held positions including deputy director of the environment at the OECD, consultant to the World Bank, and a member of WEF Global Agenda Council on the Future of mobility. His work focuses on public finance, decentralization and transportation.

Thursday, September 27th
12-2p (7-338)

China in Latin America: Challenging Development Thought and Practice, talk by Kevin Gallagher



We invite you to join us Wednesday, October 17 as we present another speaker for our Rethinking Development Lecture Series, Kevin Gallagher on: 

"China in Latin America: Challenging Development Thought and Practice"

Kevin Gallagher is Associate Professor of International Relations and Faculty Coordinator for Boston University’s Global Development Policy Program. Professor 

Can Community Development Make Cities Healthier? Insights and Action on the Social Determinants of Health

The built environment, social factors, economic conditions, and other community-level characteristics influence health far more than does medical care. While epidemiologic evidence provides insights into how living conditions can affect health, translating research into action, especially on a large scale, is a pressing challenge. This presentation will discuss Massachusetts’ implementation of one federal initiative, the Community Transformation Grants Program, designed to making living conditions healthier by changing neighborhood contexts.

New Orleans and HCED

New Orleans and HCED

Boston Main Street Program

HCED has a long-standing partnership with the Boston Main Streets Program that has included:

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture

Established in 1979 through an endowment from His Highness the Aga Khan, The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at MIT is dedicated to the study of Islamic architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, and conservation.

Center for Real Estate

MIT founded the Center for Real Estate (CRE)  in 1983 to improve the quality of the built environment and to promote more informed professional practice in the global real estate industry. Educating the men and women whose innovations will serve the industry worldwide, the CRE is a home to the first-ever one year Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) degree, as well as an integrated suite of professional development courses.

Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism

The Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU) provides a home for faculty interested in collaborative research projects that will engage student participation. LCAU is the umbrella for various existing research laboratories and faculty projects. It organizes collaborations between these labs and other MIT groups in order to foster a cross-disciplinary expertise.


The AgeLab invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s healthand enable them to “do things” throughout the lifespan. Equal to the need for ideas and new technologies is the belief that innovations in how products are designed, services are delivered, or policies are implemented are of critical importance to our quality of life tomorrow.