Fall 2017

Transit design impacting the culture and function of the heart of a city

by Chris Zegras

On Friday, 8 December, 2017, the Honorable Enrique Alfaro, Mayor of México’s second largest city, Guadalajara, visited MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). The Mayor and members of his team came to participate in students’ final presentation from the graduate class, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Guadalajara, which identified TOD strategies around the city’s new light rail line.

What are the cultural issues behind climate policy?

Why do we have such a range of climate plans - including over 60 different greenhouse gas emissions pricing systems - when we are trying to collectively reduce climate impact from the burning of fossil fuels - a global concern?

This is a fundamental question for Janelle Knox-Hayes, Lister Brothers Associate Professor of Economic Geography and Planning, who continues to research and publish examinations of how location and culture affect the shaping and efficacy of emissions markets.

Crowdsourcing Collaborative Public Transport Planning

CoAXs, Collaborative Accessibility-Based Stakeholder Engagement for Public Transportation Planning, is an interactive planning tool that aims to enhance participation, accessibility, and creative problem-solving for planning public transportation systems.

The Largest Art

How do we reconcile the incremental nature of urban design with the perception of the process being a scaled-up architectural endeavor?

In The Largest Art: A Measured Manifesto for a Plural Urbanism (MIT Press), DUSP's Brent Ryan, posits that urban design transcends the architectural scale, outlining a foundational theory that allows urban design to evolve independently through the lens of pluralism, exploring urban design projects' plurality of scales, time, form, and ownership.

Environmental Problem-Solving

Environmental Problem-Solving - A Video-Enhanced Self-Instructional e-Book from MIT provides a new medium for increasing access to the materials and teaching of MIT.

MIT architects, planners honored for sustainable design

Three projects led by MIT faculty — a greenhouse in Massachusetts heralded as a “virtuosity of integration;” a plan to weave together working and living in a neighborhood in Cartagena, Colombia; and an earthquake-resistant public building that doubles as an emergency shelter in Thecho, Nepal — have been recognized for forward-thinking excellence in this year’s LafargeHolcim Awards competition.

MIT launches China Future City Lab

The China Future City Lab, a unique urban research and innovation program focused on advancing the quality of city life in urban China, will support a wide range of basic research in China, investigating many aspects of urban social and economic life, house the new MIT-Tsinghua Future City Innovation Connector, and engage with Chinese cities that will serve as “living labs” or testing sites where MIT researchers will have a unique opportunity to examine their urban-focused ideas and innovations.

Empowering Young Women and Girls Around the World

Please join us in congratulating Maggie Dunne (MCP candidate '19) on her participation in the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Illinois (October 31st through November 1st). On a panel comprised of young female leaders and activists - facilitated by Michelle Obama's former Chief of Staff, Tina Tchen - Dunne spoke to her experiences empowering women and girls through her nonprofit organization, Lakota Children's Enrichment, Inc. (LCE).

Using art to disrupt systems of oppression

How is visiting Artist B. Stephen Carpenter II leveraging the reflective production of art to examine and challenge issues of access, privilege, and the global water crisis?

During the fall semester, Carpenter, the Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST, Arts at MIT), was invited to MIT by DUSP's Lawrence Susskind, to explore different perspectives through examining issues of access, privilege and the global water crisis.

Martin Rein, former DUSP professor, dies at 89

Martin Rein, professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1970 until his retirement in 2011, died Oct. 15 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Rein was 89.

Rein was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Eastern European immigrants. After graduating from Brooklyn College in 1950, he got his first job as a social worker with street gangs, which triggered his lifelong interest in writing and doing research on poverty, social planning and reform, and the social work profession.