More than Meets the Eye: Allston Village Strategic Development Plan

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 4:02pm

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

Submitted by Takeo Kuwabara on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:27pm

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.

Displacement Research & Action Network

Submitted by Phil Sunde on Sat, 12/28/2013 - 4:22pm

The Displacement Research & Action Network, an initiative of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at MIT, is a global network on displacement and land rights that brings together activists, academics and policy makers to build new theory and evidence of the increase and intensity of mass internal displacement around the world due to development, conflict, or climate disaster. 

Projections 10: Designing for Growth and Change

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 10:10am

Projections, the Journal of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, focuses on the most innovative and cutting edge research in planning. Each volume is devoted to a different topic of interest to planning scholars, students, and professionals. As a peer-reviewed publication, Projections welcomes original high quality submissions at the vanguard of planning theory and practice.

MFC: Mexico

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 10:16am

Over the course of summer 2013, Christopher Zegras' research group, through a partnership with UTL (Urban Travel Logistics) and the MISTI Global Seed Grant, engaged in a two month research initiative to bring Flocksourcing techniques developed and refined in the field in Dhaka, Bangladesh to Mexico City, Mexico. The resulting report (which is still in a draft phase) has now been made available throughout this site.

Mobility Futures Collaborative

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 10:13am

Our Mission

Mobility Futures Collaborative's mission is to harness advanced mobile data acquisition technologies for deployment and operation in oft-unconsidered internation urban contexts with the intent of seeding such systems to local organizations designed to create a sustainable loop of data production and analysis.


Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 10:13am

Public places play a key role in building community and placemaking can empower local communities to create a sense of "belonging" through place. A new report by a DUSP research team, led by Susan Silberberg, examines the interactions between placemaking, community participation, and the expanding ways communities are collaborating to make great public places.

To dowload the paper, use the download link in the sidebar.