Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Baltimore Inversions: Shrinking City Urban Design Studio

The Spring 2013 studio BALTIMORE INVERSIONS questioned the current peculiar condition where urbanity is outmatched by reality. Taking a former petroleum refinery site whose owners themselves wish to invert the site’s history as an oil refinery and its reputation as a source of neighborhood blight, the studio investigated Baltimore’s current condition in order to generate formal, programmatic, and socioeconomic reversals of that condition.

Food Systems & the Environment

This project, created by students in Judy Layzer's "Food Systems and the Environment," stems from the observation that the current system of food production in the United States is environmentally unsustainable and socially inequitable. The site provides a basic understanding of the flaws that plague the current food system and provokes thinking about how we might transform that system into one that is more resilient and fair.

The project is divided into four major sections:

Thresolds 41: Revolution!

The latest issue of Thresholds, the Journal of the MIT Department of Architecture, is now out.  Asking questions such as "What actions are prompted by revolution in the space of the city? Which publics take part in this struggle, and who are the agents that mobilize it?

Planned Outage: Website down 6/14

In order to complete an extensive server upgrade, this main DUSP website will be off-line on Friday 6/14 from approximately 3:00-8:00 PM.

Commencement Breakfast, Year-End Awards

At the Departmental Commencement Breakfast at the MIT Media Lab on June 6, 2013, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Adele Fleet Bacow (MCP 1977) as our Commencement Speaker.  Adele is the President of Commuity Partners Consultants, a firm she founded in 1996 to work with cities and towns, public agencies, foundations, and community-based organizations around the country.  In her work she has brought the public and private sectors together in unlikely collaborations to revitalize communities, and her speech to DUSP's newest graduates provided a wonderful opportuntity for her to share words of

Lobby 7 Hack Featured in "Slice of MIT"

Commencement week and Tech Reunions week unofficially kicked off when a mysterious hack was unveiled in the Lobby 7 stairwell leading to DUSP and Architecture Headquarters.

The hackers—perhaps soon-to-be alums intent on leaving a final mark on the Institute—placed fake noses and moustaches on a large portrait collage in the area between the first and second floor.

For more photos and some crack investigative reporting about the hack, see Slice of MIT

DUSP Alum Named to NextCity's 2013 Vanguard Class

Stephen Crim (MCP 2008) has been named to NextCity's "2013 Vanguard Class" and will attend the upcoming "Vanguard Conference," an annual event gathering the country’s best and brightest urban advocates. Stephen is a Research Manager at the Mobility Lab in Arlington, VA.

Funding clean-energy solutions

The sixth annual MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) competition, held Monday night, awarded a total of $320,000 to five teams that have developed clean-energy startups and innovations.

The contest, co-sponsored by Massachusetts utility NSTAR and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and open to teams from any American university, is the nation’s leading student-run energy business-plan competition. Past participants have gone on to raise a total of $130 million in funding.

MIT signs Compact for Sustainable Future with City of Cambridge and Harvard

In what is considered to be the first agreement of its kind, MIT, Harvard University and the City of Cambridge have entered into a compact to work collaboratively to address issues related to climate change on a local basis.

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