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.

Playing in Place: What Planners can Learn from Play

Submitted by Jordan Pettis on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 9:40am

Gary Chan's (MCP '14) thesis examines play in the context of planning and place, arguing for play as a component of public participation practice. Public participation, though an integral part of Western contemporary planning practice, is largely viewed as lacking by academics, planning practitioners, and the public at large.

New Urban Manufacturing: Neo-Industrial Design in Louisville, Kentucky

Submitted by Sandra Elliott on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:00am

Christopher Rhie's (MCP/MSRED '14) thesis found that American manufacturing is experiencing a modest renaissance. U.S. firms are choosing to re-shore manufacturing jobs not out of their sense of patriotism, but because it makes good business sense. The costs of transportation and overseas labor are increasing, opening the door for domestic production. Political leaders are embracing the prospects for skilled, living wage jobs: President Obama has made manufacturing one of the central tenets of his economic recovery plan.

New SPURS Newsletter

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 7:18pm

DUSP's Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) has issued the 2014 edition of their group newsletter, including updates from the Director, coverage of the Abdulaziz Alkhedheiri Leadership Seminar and SPURS's collaboration with Roxbury Community College, an artlcle on Mobility Management in China, and more.  Click the link in the sidebar to download.

Planning for Simultaneous Transience and Stability: Neighborhood Transformations in Nabaa, Beirut

Submitted by Jordan Pettis on Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:00am

Nabaa is one of the most marginalized neighborhoods of Beirut; it is abandoned by the public authorities and therefore lacks basic service provision. Due to its own history and to larger sociopolitical events impacting it, Nabaa has become home to a nationally, ethnically and religiously mixed population. The purpose of Tania El Alam's (MCP'14) thesis is to conceptualize urban planning in the context of population transience. It uncovers how communities negotiate their differences and diversities in their everyday life.

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