Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Boston’s Chinatown: Beyond Stereotypes, Food, and Boundaries

Boston's Chinatown started on Harrison Avenue around 1880 to serve as the center for the Chinese in the Greater Boston area. Today, Chinatown has evolved into an active residential neighborhood and a vital commercial and services center for Greater Boston.

Tunney Lee was born in Taishan, Guangdong, China; grew up in Boston's Chinatown; and attended the Quincy School and Boston Latin. Professor Lee is retired from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and from the Department of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Students Win International SEED Award

Stephen Kennedy (MCP’12) and Alice Shay (MCP’12), co-founders of the

China Urban Development Discussion Series: "Subtleties in Bold Design: Managing Automobile Growth in Chinese Cities"

Speaker: Dr. Jinhua Zhao, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia; Discussant: Prof. Ralph Gakenheimer, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Science and Action: International Mercury Treaty Negotiations

Ten MIT students had an experience of a lifetime as they joined officials from around the world for the fifth and final meeting to finalize the new Minamata Convention on mercury in Geneva, Switzerland.  They were joined by their instructor, Noelle Selin, an assistant professor of engineering systems and atmospheric chemistry.  The students blogged about their experiences at http://mit.edu/mercurypolicy.The panelists will share their experiences of seeing international environmental policy-making in action and their thoughts on the final agreement,

Eran Ben-Joseph: DUSP's Newest Department Head

In January, Eran Ben-Joseph took over as the head of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, succeeding Amy Glasmeier who is stepping down after four years in the post to focus on teaching and research.