Fall 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Formal and Informal Bogota Workshop

This was an international collaboration between MIT School of Architecture + Planning and three universities in Bogotá, Colombia: the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad de Los Andes and the Universidad de la Salle to envision, plan, and design prototypical criteria and design solutions as relevant proposals for decision makers, the community, institutions and other stakeholders around issues of the forma informal conflict in the area of the Parque Tercer Milenio in Bogotá, Colombia.

Real Estate Development Studio: Sao Paulo

Site and context: What makes a good site? Recognizing real estate development opportunities and constraints inherent in a given location. Development program: What makes a good project? Arriving at a development concept that best responds to the markets, while resolving physical, financial, and public policy constraints. Project design: What is the right form and image for a program that maximizes benefits to the project and its surrounding community? Economic feasibility: Does the project work financially?

Urban Design Studio: Shrinking Cities

Beginning in 2010, a series of Shrinking Cities Urban Design Studios examined the rehabilitation and re-imagination of declining American cities. Analyzing the city at three scales – citywide, neighborhood, and individual dwellings – students analyzed urban form and other variables in order to shape innovative design solutions, enhance social amenity, and improve economic performance through strategic and creative geographical, urban design and architectural thinking. While the environments of places like East St.

Enhancing the Local Impact of Community Banks

The purpose of the project partnership between Presidio Bank and the MIT Wealth Creation Clinic was to document and measure existing practices and to consider and propose new practices.

SENSEable study uses network data to show communication patterns and social divisions

Many residents of Britain, Italy, and Belgium imagine there to be a kind of north-south divide in their countries, marking a barrier between different social groups and regional characteristics. Now a new study by MIT researchers reveals that such divides can be seen in the patterns of communication in those countries and others.

SPURS/Humphrey Profile: Latha Chhetri

Interview with Latha Chhetri, 2013-2014 Humphrey Fellow, Bhutan

DUSP students develop energy efficiency plan for Cambridge

Graduate students taking a spring 2013 practicum in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) urged utilities and government leaders to consider a range of innovative approaches to the thorny problem of how to spur energy efficiency upgrades in multifamily housing.

MIT students look to future in Union Square

As city officials search for a single master developer to plan Union Square’s billion-dollar urban renewal and outline a course for that developer to take, including potentially building a new City Hall in a mixed-use commercial building, a group of MIT students are already eyeing the surrounding area for future changes.

DUSP Alum Wins National Young Talent Award in Spain

The Government of Catalonia and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI) have awarded the National Young Talent Award for Research to Isabelle Anguelovski (PhD 2011), Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) within the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Isabelle Anguelovski specializes in issues of poverty and environmental inequities.

CAU Profiled by ASLA's "The Dirt" Blog

Recently, "The Dirt," the blog of the Amercian Society of Landscape Architects, profiled MIT's new Center for Advanced Urbanism