Fall 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

SMART/SimMobility on CNBC

DUSP Professor Joe Ferreira was featured on CNBC's "The Edge" in a segment featuring MIT's SMART/SimMobility project. 

New Economy @ MIT: Kick-Off Meeting

The meeting will be organized around project pitches: Attendees will have several minutes to present a project that they would like to see the group undertake this year, and we will follow up with break out sessions. So, if *you* have an idea (not required), come prepared to pitch it to the rest of us.

Ideas for new economy projects:
- Student research series
- Skill building workshops
- Hackathon
- And more...

MIT, Delft, and Wageningen to Partner on "Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions"

Based on the results of a competitive call for proposals, the City of Amsterdam' has announced that its new science institute -- the "Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions" -- is to be developed by collaboratively by MIT, Delft University and Wageningen University.  The group's proposal was "head and shoulders above the other short-listed entries," according to Robbert Dijkgraaf, chairman of the jury.  "Amsterdam will be getting something really new: a scientific institute of technology which will develop expertise in practical urban issues."

Brent Ryan Awarded JAPA "Best Paper," 2011

Brent Ryan's 2011 article, "Reading Through a Plan," was recently named the "Best Paper" for 2011 from the editors of the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA).

Evolving Hong Kong: Modernizing the Dense City


  • Peng Huang, SMArchS ‘13
  • Alex Lui, MCP ‘79, architect/planner
  • Leng Woo, MCP ’82, Professor, School of Architecture - Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Tunney Lee, Professor Emeritus - MIT, Moderator


An overview with a look at the changes in the city-scape and the evolution of housing types How a city that was dense and compact
from its beginning has evolved to meet the needs of its people and the challenges of competitive globalization.

Civic Media Lunch: Annette Kim, "Sidewalk Rights in Vietnam"

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.

Prof Rajagopal's oped on Sanitation in India

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.



Students Create "Energy for Human Development" Group

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).

The Great Rent Wars

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.