Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Urban Films: The Last Mountain (2011)

Special Earth Day Feature. In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.

Urban Films: Up the Yangtze (2008)

Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic locales will be submerged, and 2 million people will lose their homes and livelihoods. The Yu family desperately seeks a reprieve by sending their 16-year-old daughter to work in the cruise ship industry that has sprung up to give tourists a last glimpse of the legendary river valley.

Urban Films: Scenes from a Parish (2009)

In 2001, an irreverent, young, Harvard-educated Catholic priest arrived at Saint Patrick Parish in the former mill town of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Father Paul O'Brien soon discovered that trying to foster an inclusive community amidst the ethnic tensions of this working-class, multicultural parish would be no mean feat. Older parishioners were resentful of a new generation of immigrants; more idealistic parishioners were trying to reach out to those in need but facing cultural entanglements that grew more complicated with the passage of time.

Student Profile: Lawrence Barriner II

Lawrence Barriner II (MCP Candidate 2014) is featured in a Student Profile in the PLAN 83, pasted below.

Tallahassee FL

Undergraduate Work
MIT (SB expected Spring 2014)

Degree Candidate
MCP expected Spring 2014

IDG Student Profile: Deepak Lamba-Nieves

In the fourth IDG student profile, we meet fifth-year PhD student Deepak Lamba-Nieves as he reflects on his time at DUSP, his plans for the future and what it means to study international development within a city planning context. 


1. What were you doing before you came to DUSP?

MIT Launches Center for Advanced Urbanism

The School of Architecture + Planning at MIT announces a major new research initiative called the Center for Advanced Urbanism that will tackle planning, design, construction and retrofitting of urban environments for the 21st century.

A new park envisioned for downtown Lexington Kentucky

To tap into creative design solutions and explore ways to spur development in a new downtown “Arena, Arts and Entertainment District,” DUSP alum Jeff Fugate (SM/MCP, 2007), President and COO of the Lexington (KY) Downtown Development Authority, organized an international competition to design a new downtown park.

"ReThinking a Lot" Shortlisted for Urban Design Group Publisher Award

At a recent ceremony of at the Royal Overseas League in London, Professor Eran Ben-Joseph's book ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking was nominated for a National Urban Design Award as one of six top books in urban design from 2012.

In their remarks about the book, the judges noted:

Urban Films: The World of Buckminster Fuller (1974)

Architect, engineer, geometer, cartographer, philosopher, futurist, inventor of the famous geodesic dome and the dymaxion car, and one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time, Fuller was renowned for his comprehensive perspective on the world's problems. For more than five decades he developed pioneering solutions reflecting his commitment to the potential of innovative design to "do more with less" and thereby improve human lives. Now more relevant than ever, this film captures Fuller's ideas and thinking, told in his own words. 80 minutes.

Urban Films: Night on Earth (1991)

Five cities. Five taxicabs. A multitude of strangers in the night. Jim Jarmusch assembled an extraordinary international cast of actors (including Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Beatrice Dalle, and Roberto Benigni) for this hilarious quintet of tales of urban displacement and existential angst, spanning time zones, continents, and languages. Jarmusch's lovingly askew view of humanity from the passenger seat makes for one of his most charming and beloved films. 128 minutes.

Urban Planning Film Series