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

Speaker
Professor Tom Angotti, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College; Graduate Center, City University of New York

Respondent
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.

Three DUSP Women Recognized for Leadership & Service

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 4:32pm

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:

In the News: DUSP Student writes on the Boston Marathon Bombing

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 10:24am

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

Honoring Patrol Officer Sean Collier

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:12am

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.

Excellence in Public Service Awards: 2013 Call for Applications

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 2:55pm

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:

The Neighborhood's Story

In 2012, the Boston Globe undertook a year-long effort to understand the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. For decades, journalists have been reporting shootings and homicides there – rushing to crime scenes and then leaving to file their articles on time. The Globe wanted to tell a more complete story of the neighborhood.

Xav Briggs at APA: "Inventing the Next American Economy"

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 2:24pm

On Sunday, April 14, 2013, DUSP Professor Xav Briggs delivered the opening keynote address for the National Conference of the American Planning Association in Chicago.  The title of his talk was "Inventing the Next American Economy: Why Planning Matters and Where the Pitfalls Lie."

To view the full Presi presentation from his address, see below.

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