Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

After Katrina: Eight Years of Department Work

In the eight years since Katrina, faculty, students, and alumni from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies + Planning (DUSP) and School of Architecture + Planning (SA+P) have worked in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast with many organizations and on many issues. DUSP’s and MIT’s work in New Orleans has been sustained and evolved through the entrepreneurship of faculty and students who built relationships in the city and dedicated teaching, studies, and community service work toward post-Katrina rebuilding efforts. 

Real Estate Development Studio: Sao Paulo

In 2013 and 2014, the The Real Estate Development Studio (11.303J / 4.254J) tackled a large development site in the Anhangabaú Valley, located in the historic core of São Paulo. The Anhangabaú is surrounded by a mix of commercial, residential, institutional, civic, and open space, including a landmark mid-century modern skyscrapers on one side, and an ancient religious complex on the other side. The site is also immediately adjacent to one of the busiest subway stations in São Paulo.

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:

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

Projections 10: Designing for Growth and Change

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.