Neighborhood Deign and Suburban Baby Boomers' Local Behavior

Submitted by Sandra Elliott on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 2:33pm

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.

The Real Estate Studio 11.303 went international this year.

Submitted by Sandra Elliott on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 2:19pm

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.

Road Frustration Index

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 10:14am

To investigate the emotive aspects of driving, Audi and the Senseable City Lab are working together to develop the Road Frustration Index, a project that combines realtime data on traffic, incidents, weather and driver sentiment across 30 metropolitan areas in the US to approximate the level of road-induced stress in each locale.

Water Diplomacy

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 9:07am

With a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, our MIT team, under the direction of Professor Lawrence Susskind, in conjunction with colleagues at Tufts University, has organized a Global Research Coordination Network -- a collection of fifteen research centers around the world engaged in water security research and studies of water conflict (

New England Climate Adaptation Project

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 9:05am

This multiyear project is supported by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) at NOAA.  A team of MIT students and faculty, under the direction of Professor Susskind and Patrick Field at the Consensus Building Institute,  are working with coastal communities in four New England states to test the proposition that massive playing or tailored role-play simulations can increase the readiness and inclination of officials and residents to address collective risk management challenges associated with climate change.

MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 9:04am

This five year project is supported by the Malaysia government in collaboration with the Universiti of Teknologi of Malaysia (UTM).  Five faculty members from DUSPMIT and five from UTM will select ten Visiting Scholars each year for five years from universities in G-77, developing countries.  The Visiting Scholars will receive support to spend half a year at UTM studying topics related to sustainable city development in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor Bahru, and Georgetown, with the assistance of partnering institutions and regional development agencies.  After their residency

Hydropower Conflicts in Patagonia

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 8:52am

This is multi-year project is supported by MISTI-Chile.  It involves a team from MIT (led by Professor Larry Susskind), as well as a partner group at Universidad Austral de Chile (in Valdivia, Chile) headed by faculty member Teo Kausal.  MIT student-faculty teams have visited Chile twice in 2013-2013 while the team from Austral visited the US as well. Our goal has been to outline ways in which consultation with the Mapuche people (as required by international law) might be accomplished in conjunction with the massive five dam project (HidroAysen) proposed in Patagonia.