On Arpil 3, DUSP hosted a special event on the topic of " Cities for All: A Universal Design Colloquium." The event was a unique opportunity to ponder design as a civil right -- creating universal access to urban spaces and places for diverse populations.
To view a video of the event, see below.
DUSP stundents Elizabeth Kuwada, Alison Crowley and Laura Martin are members of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston's 2014 Affordable Housing Design Competition two winning teams . The competition pairs teams of graduate students with affordable housing organizations to develop innovative and comprehensive development proposals addressing the needs of these organizations.
• Elizabeth Kuwada team’s won first place for their AlmaViva project. The team was composed of Harvard and BU students and they worked with Lawrence Community Works.
In 2013, with the support of the MIT Energy Initiative, DUSP students Yael Borofsky and Sarah Dimson launched "Energy for Human Development" (e4Dev), a platform for students, faculty, and practitioners to collaborate across disciplines around energy and human development issues in developing countries.
This event explores the practice and processes of engaging with alternative development frameworks and strategies in Latin America. The first half of the event features speakers who will share their experiences engaging with community-led planning processes in informal districts of Medellin, Colombia, and developing participatory human-scale evaulation metrics for entrepreneurship initiatives in Valdivia, Chile.
UrbanAfrica is a student organization in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT.
Louise Fox, Professor Economic Development Policy University of California, Berkeley; Former Lead Economist at the World Bank
Margaret McMillan, Professor of Economics Tufts and Principal Investigator of Economic Growth and Structural Change in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Economic and Social Research Council (UK)
Léonce Ndikumana, Professor of Economics University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Director African Development Policy Program
Moderator: Phil Clay, Head of the Housing, Community and Economic Development Group (DUSP) and former MIT Chancellor.
MIT’s Amy Glasmeier, Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and co-chair of the Energy Education Task Force, received a Distinguished Scholarship Honors from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) at the Association’s annual meeting on April 12, 2014. Glasmeier was among nine individuals who received recognition from the AAG for their contributions to the advancement or welfare of geography.
A recent video on TechTV features MCP student Lawrence Barriner ll, talking about his path to MIT and DUSP.
UrbanAfrica, a student organization in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, has launched a new website, accessible here. The purpose of UrbanAfrica is to explore the complexity of urban development in African cities and discuss strategies for engagement. Thr group is constituted as a space to explore research and practice-based interests, generate academic discussion, and elevate the analysis of African cities within DUSP and MIT more broadly.