Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

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

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.


The Mapping America exhibition attempts to visually represent the complexity of the American election and electorate through a collection of Infographics. The Civic Data Design Lab curated the exhibition with Kessels Kramer, a graphic design firm based in Amsterdam, with an office in London.

DUSP Get-Together at APA/Chicago

On Sunday, April 14, DUSP will be holding an informal get-together in Chicago at THE PUBLIC HOUSE, just a few blocks away from the APA conference. Professor Xav Briggs will be there, along with our new Department Head, Eran Ben-Joseph.

The Public House
400 N State Street, Chicago
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Drinks on you, snacks on us.



As many of you know, the Garment District has been under enourmous pressure to rezone over the past several years. This proposal could possibly erode the way in which designers are able to work and innovate. During Summer of 2011, the Spatial Information Design Lab, in partnership with Elizabeth Currid, set out to quantify the importance of manufacturing firms in the Garment District. In this project we used smart phone technology to perform a survey of the spatial patterns of New York City deisgn firms.

Purging the Poorest

Larry Vale new book  Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities offers a new narrative of the seventy-five-year struggle to house the “deserving poor.”  In the 1930s, two iconic American cities, Atlanta and Chicago, demolished their slums and established some of this country’s first public housing. Six decades later, these same cities also led the way in clearing public housing itself.

EPP Earth Day Talk

TITLE: Climate Change Adaptation Planning in New York City in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

PRESENTER: William Solecki, Professor, Department of Geography and Director, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities

VENUE CHANGE: Discussion on the Tipped Minimum Wage Campaign with Saru Jayaraman

Please join MIT Community Innovators Lab and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning's Students of Color Committee for an discussion on the tipped minimum wage campaign with Saru Jayaraman, the co-director and co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (http://rocunited.org/), and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

#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.