Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

New Gallery Exhibit: Sustainable and Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization

Symposium:  Thursday, January 17, 2013 (5-9pm). Room 9-450, MIT
Exhibition: December 19, 2012- February 15, 2013 at the Keller Gallery, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 7-408, MIT
On view December 19, 2012- February 15, 2013, 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday

Waste2Place Web Portal

Waste2Place is a Web portal collaboratively produced with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Group in Region 8, (sponsored by a grant from Tiffany & Co. Foundation for $100K). With over 500,000 abandoned mine sites in the U.S. alone, the need for new ways of thinking about these landscape liabilities is long overdue. The website serves communities that want to redevelop abandoned mining sites but do not know how to navigate clean-up protocols and EPA regulatory standards.

Urban Films: Public Housing

This cinema-verite documentary captures daily life at the Ida B. Wells public housing development in Chicago. The film illustrates some of the experiences of people living in conditions of extreme poverty, including the work of the tenants council, street life, the role of police, job training, drug education, teenage mothers, dysfunctional families, elderly residents, nursery school, and after school teenage programs.  Directed by Fred Wiseman.

Urban Films: Half the Sky

Originally aired as a four-hour television series for PBS, this epic work introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable---and fighting bravely to change them.  Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation.  Directed by Maro Chermayeff.

Urban Films: When the Levees Broke

Subtitled "A Requiem in Four Acts," Spike Lee's heart-rending portrait of New Orleans in the wake of the destruction manages to be both intimate and epic.  Originally aired as a four-part HBO miniseries, the film tells the heartbreaking personal stories of those who endured this harrowing ordeal--yet, somehow, amidst the ruins, the people of New Orleans are finding new hope and strength as the city rises from the ashes.  Directed by Spike Lee.

Community Energy Innovations: Cambridge Multifamily Pilot Design

Applies planning skills to overcome persistent market barriers to energy efficiency improvements in rented housing and neighborhood commercial facilities. The outcome will be a pilot proposal and analysis for the Cambridge Central Square neighborhood that will be presented to the clients and relevant stakeholders at the end of the semester.

Reaching Ghana’s Sanitation Millennium Development Goal by 2015?

Ghana is seriously off-track in meeting the Millennium Development Goal for Sanitation by 2015, yet it is a stable, peaceful, democratic country that has been re-classified from low-income to low-middle income in 2011 by the World Bank, so an enabling environment is present. In this Practicum we will conduct a Participatory Planning Process and Situation Analysis with a focus on 3 major cities: Tamale, Accra and Kumasi, Ghana engaging the challenges through the lens of innovation, gender, technology and development..

Kevin Lynch Award Seminar

This seminar provides participants a unique opportunity to find
nominations for the 2013 Kevin Lynch Award - a renowned international award for
outstanding work in urban design, planning, or scholarship. The Kevin Lynch
Award was established to honor the memory of Kevin Lynch, an MIT alumnus, urban
designer, author and member of the faculty of the Department of Urban Studies
and Planning for thirty years. Since its establishment in 1988, the MIT
department of urban studies and planning has granted Kevin Lynch Awards to

Economic Development Policy & Practice Workshop: Clinical Strategies for Wealth Creation

Seminar and project-based  learning using the following framework:

FOCUSES ON PLACE: Respects, builds on and advances the work people are already doing.

IMPROVES LIVELIHOODS with a systems approach to development that creates multiple forms of wealth that re owned and controlled locally.

This wealth creation approach:

INCENTIVIZES COLLABORATION: Breaks out of economic isolation by building regional collaborations and tapping market demand.

Advanced Seminar on Development Theories

Advanced Seminar for doctoral students to discuss core theories in the development field and provide IDG general examination preparation.