Submitted by Eran Ben-Joseph on Sat, 05/03/2014 - 1:52pm

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.

Engaging Alternative Development Frameworks: Metrics, Planning & Partnerships

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. 

Economic Transformation: Industrialization, Growth and Inclusion in Africa

Panelists include:
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.

Professor Glasmeier Awarded AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honor

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 04/25/2014 - 9:10am

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.

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.