Students from Professor Sarah Williams' Crowdsourced City class will be presenting their "Futurefront" project at the upcoming Ideas City Festival.
From climate adaptation and urban sustainability to the foreclosure crisis, persistent poverty, homelessness, housing discrimination, and more, Secretary Donovan has worked under President Obama to tackle some of America's most urgent challenges. What lies ahead for the second term, and how can we plan and shape our cities to address current and future challenges.
Welcome by L. Rafael Reif, President, MIT; Introduction by Professor Xavier de Souza Briggs, Professor, Urban Studies & Planning.
Open to the general public.
In an Earth Day address at MIT in 2008, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick outlined an ambitious set of goals that he said could achieve significant reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions and create businesses and jobs based on clean-energy solutions. In a follow-up talk this week, he described a series of successes in achieving these goals.
Professor Tom Angotti, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College; Graduate Center, City University of New York
Fred Salvucci, Departments Civil and Environmental Engineering; Urban Studies and Planning, MIT; Former Secretary of Transportation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Co-sponsors: Department of Urban Studies & Planning and MIT CoLab
In the eight years since Katrina, faculty, students, and alumni from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) and School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) have worked in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast with many organizations and on many issues. This exhibition showcases the work of DUSP and MIT in New Orleans. These projects have been sustained and evolved through the entrepreneurship of faculty and students who developed and built on relationships in the city and dedicated teaching, studies, and community service work toward post-Katrina rebuilding efforts.
In April 2013, the ODGE hosted a celebration of of 47 graduate women at MIT who were nominated by their peers, faculty, and staff, including three students from DUSP: Christine Curella, Sofia Lopez, and Naomi Stein. The honorees were nominated and selected based on their leadership and service contributions at the Institute, their dedication to mentoring and their drive to make changes to improve student experience. At the celebration, held at the Microsoft NERD Center, honorees presented posters to help attendees:
DUSP MCP student Andy Cook contributed a "Letter from MIT: An Urban Planning Student on the Boston Marathon Bombing and a City in Lockdown." Among other things, the letter ponders, "What can we as planners do to help make peace in a violent world?," concluding that "the role of the planner is to confront [the world's] contradictions head-on, to untangle the complex adaptive systems that are either broken or were simply built wrong in the first place
Wednesday, April 22, at noon, MIT hosted a memorial service honoring the late Sean Collier, President L. Rafael Reif. The event was open to the MIT community and to law enforcement officers from across the nation.
Top state and federal officials attended the event, held on Briggs Field. The event followed a private memorial service and funeral in Wilmington, Mass. for Collier, the MIT Police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday evening.
The department is now accepting applications for our annual Excellence in Public Service Awards. Deadline: May 22, 2013.
Purpose. In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public service careers. The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes: