UrbanAfrica Launches New Website

Submitted by Phil Sunde on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 1:31pm

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. 

MIT responds to Typhoon Haiyan

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:51am

On Nov. 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. Winds reaching nearly 200 mph battered the city of Tacloban and the surrounding areas, creating 16-foot waves that swept away homes, people, and livelihoods. It quickly became the country’s deadliest natural disaster on record: More than 6,000 people died, and nearly 2,000 went missing. The damage was estimated at $1.5 billion.

Sustainable Waste Management in Bluefields, Nicaragua

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:35am

The MIT Community Innovator's Lab (CoLab) and Development Lab (D-Lab) are engaged in a long-term waste management project in Central America, led by CoLab Program Director of Global Sustainability Partnerships Libby McDonald.  From Mexico to Panama, Libby and her students are helping low-income communities create sustainable waste management businesses and connect their communities through a zero waste supply chain.  This

Framing the Post-2015 Millennium Development Agenda National Consultation Process in Indonesia

A part of our series exploring the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Urban Africa invites you to an informal discussion with Dylan Alban, a former consultant to the UN Office of the Resident Coordinator, Indonesia. Mr. Alban will be speaking about the National Consultations over the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which he led in Indonsia. 

Dr. Calestous Juma selected as DUSP MLK Visiting Professor

Submitted by Eran Ben-Joseph on Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:14am

MIT has recently named Dr. Calestous Juma as a DUSP MLK Visiting Professor for 2014-2015.
Professor Juma is an internationally recognized authority on the application of science and technology to sustainable development. He was named one of the most influential 100 Africans in 2012 and 2013 by the New African magazine. 

Excellence in Public Service Awards: Call for Applications

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:47pm

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban
Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline:
May 15, 2014.

Purpose.  In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public
Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the
Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public
service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the
Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes:

EPP Lunch Seminar with Alex Aylett

EPP Students and Faculty, join us for another EPP Lunch Seminar, led by Post Doctoral Fellow, Alex Aylett.  For a breif discription of his talk please see below;

 Governing Climate Change at the Local Level: Results of the Urban Climate Change Governance Survey

The Urban Climate Change Governance Survey (UCGS) brings together the insights and experiences of