Urban Risk Lab

Submitted by Miho Mazereeuw on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:07pm

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

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:45pm

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

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.