Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

After Katrina

MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning - Eight years of work in New Orleans.

Report On The State of Health + Urbanism

The CAU is a collaborator with the AIA in responding to The Decade of Design, a 10-year Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action that focuses on health and urbanism. With MIT’s reputation as a center of cutting-edge research and innovation, and the MIT School of Architecture and Planning’s pursuit of knowledge through research, we are working together to challenge long-held assumptions about the urban environment and search for evidence-based actions that will create healthier environments through the power of design.

Urban Risk Lab

Operating as designers at the intersection of disaster management and risk engineering, hurricanes and earthquakes, ecology and infrastructure, rural and urban, research and action, the Urban Risk Lab is a cross-disciplinary organization of researchers and designers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology addressing the most challenging aspects of contemporary urbanization. The Urban Risk Lab is a place to research and innovate on technologies, techniques, materials, processes, and systems to reduce risk.

Excellence in Public Service Awards: Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban
Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline:
May 22, 2013.

Purpose.  In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public
Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the
Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public
service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the
Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes:

More than Meets the Eye: Allston Village Strategic Development Plan

The Challenge:


Allston Village Main Streets is a vibrant commercial district of Boston that serves a diverse population of college students, long-time residents, and immigrants. While the district has a strong mix of service and retail establishments and a growing cluster of dining destinations, its image is often described as “grungy and perceptions of safety issues and dirty streets prevail. 


•How to enhance existing assets to convey that Allston Village Main Streets is “more than meets the eye”

The Laws of Nature: Reflections on the Evolution of Ecosystem Management Law and Policy

This timely collection written by an interdisciplinary array of law professors, who specialize in legal and policy issues surrounding ecosystem management, and scholars and practitioners in areas such as environmental policy and planning, conservation, economics, and biology explore why ecosystems must be valued and managed in their own right. The importance of ecosystems has been underestimated. We cannot simply hope ecosystems will benefit from legislation focused on other environmental and natural resource protections, such as those for wildlife, trees, air and water.


JTL: a MIT research lab