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 P. Christopher Zegras on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 10:13am

Our Mission

A research initiative that focuses on collaborative approaches, leveraging various analog and digital data collection and analysis tools, to mobilize a collective intelligence towards improved mobility conditions in a range of contexts around the world. We work with partners from around MIT and around the world, including:  Megacities Logistics Laboratory, Intelligent Transportation Lab, TransitLab, BRT COE, SMART-FM, just to name a few.  More soon.

 

Placemaking

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 or executive summary, use the links in the sidebar.

Solid Waste Management, Jobs, and Education in Nicaragua

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 10:24am

In the Global South small, isolated communities of 50,000 or less not only often lack municipally run solid waste management systems, but because their communities do not warrant the sufficient tonnage of recyclable goods to cover transportation costs, they are prohibited from establishing economically viable recycling systems.

Where Americans Live

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 07/25/2013 - 10:23am

In "Where Americans Live:  A Geographic and Environmental Tally" Professor Alan Berger and colleagues argue that current land use in the U.S. is the result of households locating where they can secure the greatest personal benefit given their budget constraints.  This essay reviews the current geographic profile of the American metropolitan space and analyzes what we know about household location choices.  After examining what has been documented about the current land-use patterns in the U.S.

acs.R: statistical computing with errors and estimates

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 3:06pm

The acs.R package, developed and maintained by Ezra Glenn, provides a general toolkit in the R statistical programming language for downloading, managing, analyzing, and presenting data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS). Confidence intervals provided with the data are converted to standard errors to be bundled with estimates in complex acs objects. Package provides new methods to conduct standard operations and tests of significance on acs objects in statistically appropriate ways.

Read about CAU and Professor Alan Berger's Health and Urbanism Workshop

Submitted by Sandra Elliott on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 2:52pm

MIT graduate students from architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning took part in this course, taught by professors from MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism in the School of Architecture + Planning. The students fanned out throughout the country to study eight metropolitan regions—Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, and New York—taking into consideration geographic, climatic, and population diversity.

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