Fall 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

MIT's Kendall Square initiative moves toward design phase

This fall, MIT will select an urban-design firm to help it develop and complete a design plan for the redevelopment of Institute-owned property in Kendall Square.

MIT Presents "Best Paper" at UrbComp 2013

A paper entitled "A Review of Urban Computing for Mobile Phone Traces: Current Methods, Challenges and Opportunities," presented by DUSP's Shan Jiang was awarded the "Best Paper" award at the 2nd ACM SIGKDD International Workshop on Urban Computing (UrbComp 2013).  The paper was authored by three students (Jiang, Gaston Fiore, and Yingxiang Yang) with thier faculty advisors (Joseph Ferreira, Emilio Frazzoli, and Marta González). 

Sidewalk City: Mapping the Unmapped (Opening Reception)

Opening Reception for Sidewalk City: Mapping the Unmapped in the Wolk Gallery. Installation extends from a foodtruck on Massachusetts Avenue. Visitors can follow the red line from the truck to Wolk Gallery and enjoy Vietnamese appetizers.

Reception for Wolk Gallery - Sidewalk City installation

Maps both blind and unveil. Authors of maps make choices about what to include and ignore, about how to code and what to represent. Conventions strengthen the mapmaker’s claim that “this is here.”  Meanwhile, in the midst of rapid urbanization, planning maps continue to privilege built form and are typically created for an idealized public with assumed spatial practices.

acs.R Webinar

On August 29, 2013 (1:00PM Eastern/10:00AM Pacific) DUSP Lecturer Ezra Glenn will present a free webinar on using the acs package, hosted by the Orange County R User Group. This one-hour on-line event will provide a general introduction to the acs package, including a live demonstration and time for Q&A.


In the News: Tunney Lee on Development Models for China

As part of a series on urbanization in China, Professor Tunney Lee was interviewed on China Radio International's "People in the Know" program. The discussion explores both positive and negative examples of urbanization, to highlight successful development models that China can emulate--and mistakes to avoid.  To learn more about the series, or to listen to the broadcast, visit the CRI English website.

Santiago Practicum

A semester-long urban design and planning workshop implemented simultaneously at MIT and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. The advanced workshop will examine BRT corridors in two contexts, Santiago de Chile and Boston, and will involve approximately 15 graduate students at each university.

Mozambique Practicum

Professor Gabriella Carolini and eight DUSP students are working this summer in KaTembe, a peri-urban district in Mozambique’s capital of Maputo.  They are working with a local youth group and architecture students to complete a household and neighborhood survey on basic services and to test new methodologies for determining local affordability of water.  They also work together with Mozambican partners on an advocacy strategy for how to locally mobilize data collected to affect desired changes and improvements in water and sanitation systems in particular.  

Alumni Profiles: Alan Bell (MCP 1977)

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.

Topics in International Development: iHouse Seminar

This seminar is an introduction to iHouse, New House's newest living/learning community focused on developing the next generation of global leaders. The seminar is mandatory for freshmen who choose to live in iHouse, with limited space for non-iHouse freshmen. If you hope to live in iHouse, please list 11.A11 among your seminar choices on the Advising application.