Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

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.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Flocksourcing a bus map for Dhaka, Bangladesh.

MFC: Mexico

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.


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.

Sustainable Neighborhoods in China (2013)

Through Inclusiveness, Connection, & Environment: A Planning Handbook
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Solid Waste Management, Jobs, and Education in Nicaragua

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.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Books

In recent years I have published several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and a book, Design After Decline.

Please see under "Publications" for additional details about my writing.

Where Americans Live

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

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.