Fall 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, August 25, 2014

DUSP Alum named Head of Mass DHCD

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has named Chrystal Kornegay (DUSP MCP 1997) to be the new head of the Commonwealth's Department of Housing and Urban Development.  For the past 15 years, Chrystal has worked at Roxbury's Urban Edge, most recently as president and CEO. 

For more details, see the full story in the Boston Globe.

DUSP Student Named Switzer Fellow

Each year, 20 promising environmental leaders are selected by their academic institution or environmental experts to be named as the year's Switzer Fellows.  In 2014, this select group inclued DUSP student Brian Bowen.

DUSP Students Present in Somerville, MA

Students in DUSP's "Community Growth and Land Use Planning" practicum class, taught by Terry Szold and Susan Silberberg, presented their findings to a public meeting in the City of Somerville.  See http://www.scatvsomerville.org/snn/mit-students-pitch-visions-in-brickbo... for some local coverage, including a video of their presentation on recommendations for the revitalization of the city's Brickbottom neighborhood.

ODD Street Safety Challenge

ODD (Open Data Discourse) a group founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is helping cities leverage public data to inform decision-making and improve communities. In its first of hopefully many projects, ODD has been collaborating with the City of Cambridge, MA, to host a month-long 'Street Safety Challenge' inviting citizens to engage with public data about traffic accidents and respond with projects that aim to improve public safety.

What are the real costs and benefits of fracking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia?

Are the models used to evaluate the costs and benefit of natural mineral extraction reliable? Do they accurately account for the most important benefits and costs communities are likely to experience during a process like fracking?

MIT DUSP Faculty Awards (x2)

MIT/DUSP is pleased to report two "big wins" for faculty in the department.  Congratulations to:

Disappearance: Violence & Urban Governance in Mexico

Please save the date for a panel on the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico. The panel will address violence and disappearances in Mexico as they relate to urban governance, particularly highlighting implications for future urban governance and drawing on international examples.
Lunch will be served to RSVPs.

Open Data Discourse Launches "Street Safety Challenge"

On Nov 21st, Open Data Discourse -- a DUSP student led initiative -- launched the Street Safety Challenge.