Maps both conceal and reveal. City planning maps continue to privilege built form and an idealized public with assumed spatial practices. Annette discusses the experimental maps of her research group SLAB that analyze ubiquitous and overlooked urban phenomena such as how street vendors negotiate sidewalk space in Ho Chi Minh City and how 2 million working class people live in bomb shelter apartments in Beijing. She will brainstorm how an art exhibit of her work that will show in HCMC in January might be a venue for social discourse in a governance system like Vietnam.
The lecture will describe WXY’s ongoing research on urban infrastructures. Through three recent projects that focus on resiliency, new options for mobility and the use of geospatial analysis to create more inclusive neighborhoods: a set of conditions emerge that argue for the necessity of understanding the latent potential of public infrastructure.
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Prof Rajagopal has an oped in the Tuesday, September 17th, issue of The India Express. In The Gritty Detail, he writes about sanitation issues in India and of the need for better sanitation policies to support the manual scavenging laws. The full article is available at the link.
Nearly 1.3 billion people live without electricity in the developing world — contributing to other vital social challenges, such as a lack of food and water and adequate healthcare. Seeing the need for a more collaborative approach to confronting the developing world’s energy challenge, students at MIT have started a new group, called Energy for Human Development (or e4Dev).
Written by one of the country’s foremost urban historians, The Great Rent Wars tells the fascinating but little-known story of the battles between landlords and tenants in the nation’s largest city from 1917 through 1929. These conflicts were triggered by the post-war housing shortage, which prompted landlords to raise rents, drove tenants to go on rent strikes, and spurred the state legislature, a conservative body dominated by upstate Republicans, to impose rent control in New York, a radical and unprecedented step that transformed landlord-tenant relations.
A panel discussion on "What Constitutes Resilient Urban Housing?" featuring MIT faculty Adele Santos, Eran Ben-Joseph, Jim Wescoat, Phil Thompson, and Larry Vale.
Lunch will be available
"Successful Struggles: Planning for Resilient Urban Housing" is organized by the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative (RCHI).
Bruce Katz, director of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, discusses his recent book, The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy, co-authored with Jennifer Bradley.
Billed as "the real story behind the takeover of America's hippest city," the film follows director Kelly Anderson's personal journey, as a Brooklyn "gentrifier" seeking to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. Anderson moves to Brooklyn in 1988, lured by cheap rents and bohemian culture, but by the election of Michael Bloomberg in 2001 a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhood.
Special Thanksgiving feature. A feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, two friends move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat---and how we farm.