Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

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.

The Plan for an Innovation District in Medellin, Colombia

Professor Dennis Frenchman is working with Carlo Ratti and PhD students Jota Samper and Ricardo Alvarez on the Plan for an Innovation District in Medellin, Columbia. In a separate project, MIT and Medellin students in 11.320 Digital City Design Workshop developed digital applications for improving life in the city’s favellas, involving distributed health care, digital fabrication of building components, and household energy management, among others.

Neighborhood Deign and Suburban Baby Boomers' Local Behavior

Neighborhood Design and Suburban Baby Boomers’ Local Behavior Eran Ben-Joseph, Christopher Zegras, Jae Seung Lee: Two referred papers published showing results from this ongoing DOT sponsored project. Safely Active Mobility for Urban Baby Boomers: The Role of Neighborhood Design” in Accident Analysis & Prevention May 2013.

Flocksourcing Dhaka

Flocksourcing Dhaka: Mobile Phone-Sourced Intelligence used to create the city's first bus map by CDD/MCP'12 alumns Albert Ching and Stephen Kennedy.

The Real Estate Studio 11.303 went international this year.

The Real Estate Development Studio, 11.303 went international this year preparing proposals for a major downtown site in Sao Paulo, Brazil. CDD alum Victor Eskinazi joined Professors Dennis Frenchman and Peter Roth  to teach the class and organize the site visit. The project was developed in cooperation with the city and Vivo Centro! a local business group.