Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Professor Alan Berger's research on North American Urbanization and Mobility

Professor Alan Berger’s research on North American Urbanization and Mobility is featured in the first issue of the Harvard Journal of Real Estate, which is now online at the Real Estate Academic Initiative website.

"The Displacement Decathlon: Olympian Struggles for Affordable Housing from Atlanta to Rio de Janeiro"

Professor Larry Vale co-authored an article with Annemarie Gray (MCP ’14) “The Displacement Decathlon: Olympian Struggles for Affordable Housing from Atlanta to Rio de Janeiro,” was published in Places in April 2013.