Fall 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Alumni Profiles: Vishaan Chakrabarti (MCP 1993)

We recently asked a number of alumni to share their reflections on the value of their DUSP education.  From time to time, we will feature their responses in this space.

ARCHIPELAGO- TOWN. A sustainable model for urban growth

conrad-bercah

Archipelago Town-lines: an app proposing a new urban growth model gleaned from an architect’s traveling notes

 

Three "archipelago-towns"—Berlin, Beirut, Venice—reveal their hidden urban geometry, their rites and culture, and the possible future of urban growth and de-growth.
A work by conrad-bercah, architect.

Between 2009 and 2011 the state-less architect conrad-bercah lived in three different symbolic cities—Berlin, Beirut, Venice—analyzing and studying their less evident urban and social qualities.

A Country of Cities

Vishaan Chakrabarti

A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation.

This lecture is part of the CAU fall lecture series, full list available here 

 

Vishaan Chakrabarti

Principal, SHoP Architects, Director, CURE, Columbia University

Judy Layzer named Director of Martin Fellows

Judy Layzer will be taking over as director of the MIT Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, a program supporting a multi-disciplinary research of environmental sustainability at the graduate level.  Martin Fellows are dedicated to a collaborative approach to the critical issues associated with environmental sustainability.

In This Building: Multimedia and Place-Based Storytelling

Provides students with an opportunity to produce place-based multimedia stories in collaboration with city residents. Examines cumulative, self-told, and collective storytelling methods, as well as fictional and journalistic representations. Students will create multimedia portraits of residential buildings in greater Boston. Physical buildings, their histories, and land under them also will be considered. This course is taught in collaboration with the Boston Globe.

DUSP Newest Faculty Member: Jinhua Zhao

Starting Fall 2013, Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at DUSP. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He studies travel behavior and transportation policy, public transit management, and China’s urbanization and mobility. He sees transportation as a language, to describe a person, to characterize a city, and to understand an institution.

Urban Films: Hands Over the City (1963)

Rod Steiger stars as a scheming land developer in this blistering work of social realism from 1963. An exposé of the politically driven real-estate speculation that devastated Naples's civilian landscape, the film moves breathlessly from a cataclysmic building collapse to the backroom negotiations of civic leaders vying for power in a city council election, laying bare the inner workings of corruption with passion and outrage.  Directed by Francesco Rosi. Winner of the Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival. 105 minutes; Italian with English subtitles.

Visualizing Shenzhen's Social Media to Understand City Dynamics

This is a two part series that will look at how social media data can be downloaded and analyzed spatially to understand urban patterns in places where more traditional data sets are hard to come by. We will be focusing on Shenzhen, a Chinese city that has gone through rapid urban development over the last 20 years. The work of both modules will be exhibited as part of the Shenzhen / Hong Kong Biennale. The first module (11.S946) will be led by Luc Anselin, a leader in Spatial Statistics.

Dynamic Urban Neighborhoods: City Scale Spatial Analytics

This is a two part series that will look at how social media data can be downloaded and analyzed spatially to understand urban patterns in places where more traditional data sets are hard to come by. We will be focusing on Shenzhen, a Chinese city that has gone through rapid urban development over the last 20 years. The work of both modules will be exhibited as part of the Shenzhen / Hong Kong Biennale. The first module (11.S946) will be led by Luc Anselin, a leader in Spatial Statistics.

Examining Large-Scale Irrigation

An MIT team is providing new understanding of the growing interconnections among three critical resources: energy, water and food. The work focuses on Pakistan's Indus Basin, where irrigation water is increasingly pumped from underground, a practice that is intensifying a preexisting shortage of energy.

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