Fall 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

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.

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.