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"

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 10:32am

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."

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.

Students Create "Energy for Human Development" Group

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 2:12pm

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

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 3:14pm

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.