Fall 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Footprint of Escape: Brent Ryan in NYC

Join us in a discussion of the past, present, and future of escape in the city. Brent D. Ryan, Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy at MIT; Jeffrey Shumaker, Deputy Chief Urban Designer for the City of New York; Elihu Rubin, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Yale University; and more, will examine the fluctuating perceptions of the city’s relationship to escape—tracking its evolution from 19th-century land of opportunity, to 20th-century land of urban flight, and on to today’s megalopolis as a place that people escape to, from, and within.

Housing and Urban Development in Mozambique: Shifting Contexts, Trends, and Challenges

Anselmo Cani, University of Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique)

This lecture is part of  the "Successful Struggles: Planning for Resilient Urban Housing" seminar organized by the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative (RCHI).

Jennifer Pahlka & Code for America To Receive Kevin Lynch Award

The MIT School of Architecture + Planning has named Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America, winner of the 2013-2014 Kevin Lynch Award. The award is presented biannually for outstanding scholarship and practice in urban design, planning and landscape design.

Urban Planning and the Free Software Movement: A Conversation

Join the MIT Open Source Planning Tools Groups and Zak Rogoff, Campaigns Manager at the Free Software Foundation, to learn about new developments in the world of free software -- and discover how you can be part of the movement to create, perfect, and promote the use of free and open tools for urban planners (and others) to use.  Co-sponsored by LibrePlanet Boston.

Urban Films: Shift Change (2013)

With the long decline in US manufacturing and today’s economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, so some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life. SHIFT CHANGE tells the little known stories of employee-owned businesses that respond to this challenge, competing successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.

Xav Briggs Appointed Vice President at Ford Foundation

Xavier de Souza Briggs, associate professor of sociology and urban planning and associate department head of DUSP, has been appointed vice president of the Economic Opportunity and Assets program of the Ford Foundation. He will go on public service leave from MIT and start at Ford effective Jan. 1.

SENSEable "Copenhagen Wheel" Gets $2.1M Funding for New Company

According to the New York Times, "Superpedestrian, a start-up in Boston, announced on Monday that it has received $2.1 million in financing to help build a wheel that transforms some standard bicycles into hybrid e-bikes."  The innovation behind the company's plans is the "Copenhagen Wheel," designed by DUSP's SENSEable City Lab.

DUSP's Sarah Williams Named to MIT Innovation Initiative Advisory Committee

President L. Rafael Reif has announced his intention to create an MIT Innovation Initiative, and has selected two faculty members to lead the effort.

In an email to the MIT community, Reif named Fiona Murray, the Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Vladimir Bulović, the Fariborz Maseeh Professor in Emerging Technology, to lead the MIT Innovation Initiative. He also named a 19-member Advisory Committee to assist Murray and Bulović in developing recommendations on next steps, including DUSP's own Assistant Professor Sarah Williams.

Exploring Detroit: the path to bankruptcy---and the way back

The DUSP HCED fall seminar series will begin on October 22nd and our first speaker is Professor George Galster, the Clarence Hilberry Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University in Detroit.  

Harvey Michaels on Smart Grids and Energy Efficiency

DUSP Lecturer Harvey Michaels was recently interviewed by the Association for Demand Resonse and Smart Grid.  In the Q&A, he makes the case that "we need creative, fact-based consensus-building on related aspects of Utility of the Future," including "decisions on paradigms for distribution infrastructure, regulatory models, and energy market design." 

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