Mobility Systems is a cross-cutting research and education initiative in DUSP, which takes an integrative trans-disciplinary approach, aiming to better understand the fundamental relationships between mobility and the built and social environments, and using that knowledge to create sustainable systems. We have a multi-scale perspective - designing and developing interventions for neighborhoods, cities, regions, and mega-regions – and work globally to derive practical mobility innovations.
Master in City Planning (MCP) and the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) students will share stories about their 2013 IAP trip in an African country. Please some support your fellow colleagues and learn about research in Africa.
The DUSP IAP in Africa Showcase Panel:
Sarah Dimson, MCP1, Tanzania
Speaker: Mary Alice Haddad, Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University; Discussant: Dr. Karen R. Polenske, Peter deFlorez Professor of Regional Political Economy, MIT DUSP
Speaker: Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School; Discussant: Dr. Gabriella Y. Carolini, Assistant Professor, MIT DUSP
Speaker: Nigel Jacob - With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics - a civic innovation incubator within Boston's City Hall. Nigel also serves as Mayor Menino's advisor on emerging technologies. In both of these roles, Nigel works to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area.
Monday, February 25, 6:00 pm, Building 10, Room 485
Civic Hacking as Civic Engagement
Can a typical American city be transformed from a collection of fragments assembled regionally by interstate highways, to a more durable regional constitution, using targeted infrastructural investment projects? A positive answer would imply that it is possible to use infrastructure designs and investments to leverage results beyond the realm of transportation of goods or labor; in the realm of culture, public space, architecture and landscape form. This question frames the first conference of the Center for Advanced Urbanism.
Detroit's story encapsulates the iconic narrative of America over the last century---the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos.
Speaker: Dr. Annette M. Kim, Associate Professor at MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP); Discussant: Dr. Albert Saiz, Associate Professor at MIT DUSP