Transportation Data As Disruptive Innovation in Mexico City

Submitted by Phil Sunde on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 1:30pm

Emily Eros (MCP '14) studied the growing ubiquity of affordable mobile phones and internet-capable devices and how some developing cities are collecting and compiling this data. Her thesis uses a 2013 data collection project to explore the potential impacts of transportation information on microbus regulators, owners/operators, and users. Her findings suggest that increased static information may increase government power with respect to microbus operators, particularly during franchising negotiations, but that it may offer limited benefits to users.

M. Bin Jung - former HCED MCP student awarded a Fulbright Grant

Submitted by Harriette Crawford on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:44am

Congratulations to Melanie Bin Jung on winning a Fulbright grant.

Melanie Bin Jung, from New York, completed a master's degree in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning this past spring. She is interested in social and economic justice and has helped truck drivers in Seattle campaign for better conditions. The Fulbright grant will take Jung to Mexico, where she will do research on informal settlements on the edge of Mexico City.

students and alumni win Fulbright grants

Submitted by Eran Ben-Joseph on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:34pm

 

Five of the nine Fulbright grants awarded to MIT students went to DUSP students.

Mitchell Cook, from Arkansas, is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His interest in discovering the causes of social and economic inequalities in cities has led him to conduct projects in China and India. The Fulbright grant will allow him to return to India to study urban finance reform in Bangalore.

Academia and Disaster Planning

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 8:04am

DUSP Lecturers Mary Anne Ocampo and Stephen Gray have written a new story on the Sasaki blog describing their recent class on disaster planning and alternative futures for south shore Long Island.  The class challenged graduate students to imagine new designs for the Massapequas, a community southeast of Levittown, New York, that is characterized by dense single-family suburban development, asking students to consider the site not only as a physical location, but also as a dynamic construct influenced by natural, cultur

Caitlin Cameron (MCP 2012) Wins DUSP Excellence in Public Service Award

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:26pm

At the Annual Commencement Breakfast and Awards Ceremony for 2013-2014, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning was pleased to name Caitlin Cameron (MCP 2012) as the winner of this year's Excellence in Public Service Award.

The prize was established in 1999 to encourage graduates from MIT's Master in City Planning program who choose to pursue public service careers, and to recognize outstanding public service achievements by recent MCP graduates. Winners received up to $10,000 to reduce outstanding education debt.

Kelly Heber Awarded the Venture Hive Virtual Accelerator Prize

Submitted by Takeo Kuwabara on Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:03pm

Captured, a tool created by Kelly Heber and Ian Dunning, was awarded the Venture Hive Virtual Accelerator Prize at the 2014 US Department of State sponsored Fish Hackathon, that ran concurrently with the Our Oceans 2014 Conference convened by Secretary John Kerry. The prize includes three months of financial support from Venture Hive as well as consulting assistance to develop product goals and longterm strategy.

Extracting the Economic Benefits of Natural Resources in the Marcellus Shale Region

Submitted by Jordan Pettis on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 4:04pm

Sarah Lynn Hess' (MCP'14) thesis seeks to explore the challenge of value capture from natural resources using the case of the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia and Pennsylvania as an exemplar. She examines the mechanisms in place to capture the economic benefits of shale gas extraction in these two states, performing a rough cost benefit analysis that attempts to quantify the economic impact of a single natural gas well drilled in each state.

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Establishing New Real Estate Development Frameworks for the Land Optioning and Assembly Process in Singapore

Submitted by Jordan Pettis on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:58pm

Development projects ultimately create places in the built environment. As such, the developer should be concerned with the quality of spaces they create for those in the community to interact within. For this reason, a structural framework should be established to allow developers to understand the needs of the various communities in which they develop. The focus of Lawrence Bernard's (MCP'14) thesis is not upon traditional notions of community engagement, which is primarily focused on short-term decisions and development implications.

SENSEable City Study of Commuting Times

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:47am

How much commuting can you tolerate? A new study by DUSP researchers shows that across countries, people assess their commutes by the time it takes them to complete the trip, generally independent of the distance they have to travel — as long as they have a variety of commuting options to chose from.
The study, which compares commuting practices in five locations on four continents, also demonstrates the methodological validity of using mobile phone data to create an accurate empirical picture of commuting.

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