Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

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. 

Unified estimator for excess journey time

Excess journey time (EJT), the difference between actual passenger journey times and journey times implied by the published timetable, strikes a useful balance between the passenger's and operator's perspectives of public transport service quality. Using smartcard data, this paper tried to characterize transit service quality with EJT under heterogeneous incidence behavior (arrival at boarding stations). A rigorous framework was established for analyzing EJT, in particular for reasoning about passenger’ journey time standards as implied by varying incidence behavior.

ITS and Transit Management

Application of Intellignet Transportation System (ITS) to improve public transit operation, planning and management. 

Publications: 

Gender and Planning Week

DUSP Women is happy to announce the Gender & Planning Speaker Series! For more information on any of these events, please contact Jody Pollock at jodyp@mit.edu

 

Monday, March 18th

5-7 pm in the Stella Room (7-338)

Better Jobs, Pay and Work Lives for Women: A Policy Agenda

Ann Markusen

MIT Team Wins "Better Buildings Case Competition" (again)

The US Dept of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge is an effort to reduce the energy use of commercial buildings by 20% by 2020 by catalyzing private-sector investment and innovation.  DOE and its “Challenge Partners” are developing replicable solutions to the barriers faced by building owners as they adopt energy efficient practices in their commercial building stocks.

WE ARE HERE NOW

Social media are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, from connecting with friends and sharing images to exploring cities through location-based applications. These new services have given us a different vantage point from which to understand, explore, navigate, and geographically record the places we live.
Sites such as Foursquare and Facebook allow us to spatially mark our explorations in the city, creating rich databases that hold digital imprints of our interactions

DUSP Team Test Drives SimCity 6

Last month, a team from DUSP competed with planners in New York and Chicago in a six-team SimCity Challenge to test out the newest version of the classic city-building game.  This blurb from FastCompany's coverage of the event really demonstrates the spirit that the DUSP team -- planners for the imagined city of "MITroit" -- brought to the project:

Civic Data Design Lab project featured in GeoSkop

We are here now Moscow map was recently published in the acclaimed German magazine GeoSkop

 

Social media are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, from connecting with friends and sharing images to exploring cities through location-based applications. These new services have given us a different vantage point from which to understand, explore, navigate, and geographically record the places we live.

Urban Films: Flag Wars (2003)

What happens when black working-class families are faced with an influx of white gay homebuyers in their neighborhood? Filmed over four years, FLAG WARS is a clear-eyed look inside the conflicts that surface in one inner-city Columbus, Ohio, community. The film's as-it-is-happening verite style captures the raw emotions of unguarded moments between neighbors: the lesbian realtor who sells the area's Victorian homes; a new homebuyer who moves to the area to live openly as a gay man; two longtime residents who are in court because of new housing codes; and the judge who hears their cases.

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