Fall 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

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." 

e4Dev Special Event with Power Africa

In July 2013, President Barack Obama launched Power Africa, a major initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. On October 17, 2013 e4Dev invites Power Africa and Trade Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz and USAID Energy Division Chief Allen Eisendrath to talk more about this initiative which aims to:

BIG DATA OR BAD DATA

BIG DATA OR BAD DATA — an initiative by the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — will kick off on 15 November 2013 with a panel between Noam Chomsky, professor and activist, Barton Gellman, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and publisher of Edward Snowden’s leaks in the Washington Post, and special speakers TBA. The discussion will continue in an open, self-organizing way, involving thought leaders form academia, industry, government and privacy rights groups. MORE INFO

Resilience as Inclusion: Expanding the Geography of Housing Opportunity in America

Lisa Davis, Ford Foundation, with responses from Xav Briggs and Albert Saiz

 

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

The Slogan and the Whisper

Antarin Chakrabarty, Ethiopian Institute of Technology

 

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

Favelas at the Vanguard: Rethinking Our Assumptions in Sustainable Development

Theresa Williamson, Founder and Executive Director, Catalytic Communities

 

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

The Homeless as City Makers: Struggles from Urban India

Miloon Kothari, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

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

 

Places in the Making

Public places play a key role in building community and placemaking can empower local communities to create a sense of "belonging" through place. A new report by a DUSP research team, led by Susan Silberberg, examines the interactions between placemaking, community participation, and the expanding ways communities are collaborating to make great public places.

To view the paper, click here

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