Fall 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

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

DUSPers on Boston Mayoral Transition Team

As he prepares to become the first new Mayor in Boston in nearly 20 years, Marty Walsh is assembling his "2014 Transition Committee," which includes quite a few planners with MIT/DUSP connections, including:

Displacement Research and Action Network Website Launched

The Displacement Research and Action Network, based at MIT, is a global network on displacement and land rights that brings together activists, academics and policy makers to build new theory and evidence of the increase and intensity of mass internal displacement around the world due to development, conflict or climate disaster.

Mel King Surprise Guest at Hip-Hop Show

At a sold-out Lloyd Banks show at Cambridge's Middle East Club, DUSP Professor Emeritus Mel King emerged as a surprise guest to deliver a message of to the youth of today's cities, urging them to help develop the transformative "technology of the heart."   The talk was captured here.

IDG Participatory Budgeting

IDG began the 2013-2014 school year with a participatory budgeting process meant to increase student involvement in program group planning and financing. For students working in international contexts and committed to addressing issues of equity and governance, this offered an opportunity to experience and participate in an increasingly common practice in democratic deliberation and decision-making that many IDG students have encountered in their course of study.

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