The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan has announcedthat six design proposals -- including one by MIT/DUSP's Center for Advanced Urbanism, with partners ZUS + Urbanisten -- have been selected as winners of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition. The MIT team’s winning design proposal "New Meadowlands” protects a unique area of approximately thirty square miles in the NY/NJ Metropolitan Region, against future flood events.
An increasing number of cities around the world now include preparations for climate change in their basic urban planning — but only a small portion of them have been able to make such plans part of their economic development priorities, according to a unique global survey of cities released today.
A team of DUSP graduate students and faculty won the Best Poster Award at the 2014 Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Preparedness Conference for their poster on the New England Climate Adaptation Project. The Local Solutions Conference, which was hosted by Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, brought together planners, educators, and decision makers from around the U.S.
DUSP EPP PhD Cannidate Danya Rumore, nominated by Professor Susskind for her work in sustainable development and the use of role-play simulations to communicate the scientific information needed for lay audiences to effectively participate in collaborative risk management efforts, has been named a 2014-2015 Martin Family Fellow. The Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, established at MIT in 1996 through the generous support of the
DUSP Alum Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (PhD 1981) has been named one of Time Magazine's "100 Influential People." Ngozi is currently Finance Minister of Nigeria -- "one of the toughest jobs on the planet," according to Time. In naming her to this prestigious group, the magazine notes that she "has made corruption her enemy and stability her goal."
To read the magazine's profile of Ngozi and her work -- written by U2's Bono -- see http://time.com/70846/ngozi-okonjo-iweala-2014-time-100/.
MIT has announced a major new campuswide initiative to promote transformative, cross-disciplinary research relating to the environment.
The initiative will be formally launched in the fall, and its founding director will be Susan Solomon, the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science. Maria Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research and the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, stewarded the establishment of the new initiative, and expressed gratitude to Solomon for having agreed to serve as its first leader.
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.