Fall 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, August 25, 2014

The Road Ahead: Forum of Future Cities

Self-driving vehicles. Drivers on demand. Data-driven infrastructure. Vehicles that respond to passengers and to the environment. A sea change is happening in transportation, and mobility of the (near) future will be radically different than today - greener, more comfortable and more efficient. Innovations are rolling out of laboratories, businesses and city halls on four, two, (or zero) wheels at an accelerating pace, exploring the future of urban mobility.

Albert Saiz: at the intersection of real estate and urban economics

The MIT News features a story from MIT's Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) describing DUSP Professor Albert Saiz's research efforts using big data and immigration patterns to understand real estate and urban housing markets.

PhD Student Opinon: Implementing Mens et Manus

A recent issue of The Tech, MIT's student newspaper, includes a guest opinion column by DUSP PhD students Brittany Montgomery and Rebecca Heywood, entitled "Implementing Mens et Manus: How can the Institute better integrate science and innovation with politics and community affairs?"

EPP Lunch Seminar with Frank Ackerman

EPP students and faculty, please join us for the first EPP lunch talk, given by Frank Ackerman. Frank will be discussing if "economics endorse continued global warming? A critique of the new climate skepticism." We will be meeting in room 9-451.

MIT School of Architecture and Planning Connections

Return, revisit, reacquaint, remember, renew and reinvent with faculty, alumni, and current students. End the afternoon with a cocktail reception during which alumni are invited to present posters of their work, converse with faculty members, and network with participants.

Urban Films: Rome Open City

ROME OPEN CITY (1945): A harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it, ROME OPEN CITY is a shockingly authentic experience, conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II, with immediacy in every frame. Marking a watershed moment in Italian cinema, this galvanic work garnered awards around the globe and left the beginnings of a new film movement in its wake. Directed by Roberto Rossellini. 100 minutes.

Joel Kotkin- The Geography of Inequality: Suburbs, Cities, and the future of the middle class

This talk will look at the migration of people from expensive crowded and dense places to ones that are less so. It would look at the differences between regions and within them in terms of middle class jobs, income gaps by class and race. It would deal with how we need to confront class and inequality as a major issue for cities and regions. The preservation and expansion of the middle class families should be a key consideration. Where families locate, and middle class jobs go, are primary determinants in the future of regions and urban areas.

  

Students and Faculty win ASLA Honor Award

Congratulations to DUSP and Harvard GSD students (and by now alumni) : Edward Becker; Will Cohen; Annemarie Gray; Jelani Karamoko; Kevin McDonald; Dara Yaskil; Maggie Tishman; Simon Willett, and MIT faculty advisor Peter Roth are the receipent of the 2014 American Society of Landscape Architects Honor student award for their project: The Edgerly: The Next Generation of a Community Anchor.

see: http://www.asla.org/2014studentawards/164G.html

Joel Kotkin- The Geography of Inequality: Suburbs, Cities, and the future of the middle class

The talk would look at the migration of people from expensive crowded and dense places to ones that are less so. It would look at the differences between regions and within them in terms of middle class jobs, income gaps by class and race. It would deal with how we need to confront class and inequality as a major issue for cities and regions.

Applied Ethics in Planning Workshop

The first event in this workshop series aims to spark discussion about the ethical and values-based challenges of being a practicing planner in the real world. We will hear from planning professionals as they present case studies from their practice, and analyze the cases in real time to explore alternatives and outcomes.

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