Fall 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Food Truck for a Food Desert

Cassandria Campbell and Jackson Renshaw are opening a new food truck for Boston, but they won’t be parking it downtown. Fresh Food Generation will park in neighborhoods that haven’t yet enjoyed the rotating cuisine food trucks provide. Campbell, who is from Boston and graduated from the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has lived in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

Rebuild By Design Launched

An international design team consisting of the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism (US) and Dutch Delta Collective (NL) was charged by Shaun Donovan, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, with a study and design for the reconstruction and redevelopment of the northeast coastline of the United States, after the passage of hurricane Sandy in 2012. The team combines the cutting edge research and local knowledge of MIT and the best in water design and management from the Netherlands, such as De Urbanisten, Deltares, Volker Infra Design, ZUS and 75B.

DUSP X: Katrina and Sandy / Risks, Adaptation, Successes, and Climate Change

Please join us for what promises to be a rich and exciting conversation with alumni/ae from New Orleans and New York City, together with DUSP faculty, who will share their post-Katrina and post-Sandy experiences and insights.

Where: 90 Church Street
5th Floor Ceremonial Room
New York, NY
Venue courtesy of the New York City 
Housing Authority

Panelists include:
New York

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.