Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

#citychat: Transit Equity in Growing Cities & the Istanbul Case

On Tuesday, April 9th at 2:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. GMT / 9:00 p.m. in Istanbul (EEST), @MITCoLab (https://twitter.com/MITCoLab) will host a live #citychat (https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23citychat&src=savs) conversation on Twitter about social inequalities in urban transportation, automobile dependency, and the relationship between transit and human rights. We???ll look at the case of Istanbul, but we want to hear perspectives and issues from all cities.

Discussion on Immigration Reform with Sofia Campos and Kent Wong

Please join MIT Community Innovators Lab and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning's Students of Color Committee for a discussion on immigration with Sofia Campos, organizer with United We Dream (http://unitedwedream.org/about/our-missions-goals/), the largest immigrant youth-led reform campaign, and Kent Wong, Director of UCLA's Center for Labor Research and Education.

Book Talk: "Purging the Poorest"

Professor Larry Vale will give a talk on his forthcoming book, Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities.

The building and management of public housing is often seen as a signal failure of American public policy, but this is a vastly oversimplified view. In Purging the Poorest, Lawrence J. Vale offers a new narrative of the seventy-five-year struggle to house the “deserving poor.”

Transportation as a Language

Is travel simply a mundane daily chore? Or may it convery a higher meaning? Often treated as a technical domain, transportation is also a language laden with social and psychological meaning. In the JTL, a mobility research lab at MIT led by Prof.

American Planning Association (APA) China Program Workshop


Speakers: Jeffrey Soule, FAICP, Director of Outreach and International Programs at the American Planning Association (APA).

Yuan Fang (Andy), AICP, Program Associate for International Affairs at APA.


Coming Home to New Orleans

Karl Seidman new book, Coming Home to New Orleans, documents grassroots rebuilding efforts in New Orleans neighborhoods after hurricane Katrina, and draws lessons on their contribution to the post-disaster recovery of cities.    The book summarizes Katrina's impact and the planning and public sector recovery policies that set the context for neighborhood recovery and presents and analyzes rebuilding for six New Orleans neighborhoods.

Smart Device and Travel Time Use

This research investigates the usage of smart devices and time at bus stops and on buses in Vancouver, Canada. Using passive observations and self-reported surveys mainly from college students, the majority of passengers were found to use their travel time actively. Most of the observed active activities are associated with the usage of smart devices. However, while the possession of smart devices is prevalent, less than one third of passengers used them during travel.

COLOMBIA, land of light: documentary + discussion

COLOMBIA, tierra de luz (land of light) consists of a series of symbolic acts of support for victims of violence and displacement in different parts of Colombia, through the media of photography and art. It is a voice that confronts the silence surrounding those who have been affected and marginalized by the armed conflict for more than half a century.

Community Energy Innovations Symposium – Enabling Efficiency in Multifamily Housing

Sponsored/led by DUSP/EPP Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, with support from:
·         NStar Electric and Gas – Efficiency program
·         US Dept of Energy- Energy Data Initiative
·         City of Cambridge - Energy Alliance
·         Consider strategies to overcome energy efficiency market barriers in multifamily housing, through partnerships between cities and electric/gas utilities.
·         Discuss an experimental program design for Cambridge’s Central Square neighborhoods.

Presenters and discussants will include:

MIT Water Night 2013

MIT Water Night will showcase around 40 posters on water-related topics. This is a great opportunity to network with MIT students and faculty in water-related field, as well as professionals from water industry.  Furthermore, 2013 is the International Year of Water Cooperation and March 22nd is World Water Day. You will learn more about “water cooperation and World Water Day” at the event.