HUD Secretary Donovan at MIT: New challenges for urban planners

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 9:09pm

In a talk at MIT organized by DUSP on May 7, 2013, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan called for a new wave of creative urban planning to help cities evolve during a time of economic hardship.

“The role of the urban planner today is more important than it was 25 or 50 or 80 years ago,” Donovan said.


A Conversation with the Honorable Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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.


At MIT, Gov. Deval Patrick highlights clean-energy achievements

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 11:11am

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.

Cities for Sale: The Right to Housing vs Corporate Real Estate

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

After Katrina: Compton Gallery

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.