Spring 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2014

MIT announces new initiative on environment

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.

Health + Planning Seminar Series: Urban Health

Please join us for a presentation and discussion with Russell Lopez, author of the book Urban Health, and Noelle Selin, an MIT environmental engineering professor researching the effects of climate change and air pollution on heal

Cities for All Video: Now online

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.

e4Dev Featured in World Bank Publication

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.

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. 


UrbanAfrica is a student organization in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT.

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

Professor Glasmeier Awarded AAG Distinguished Scholarship Honor

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.

Student Profile: the path to DUSP

A recent video on TechTV features MCP student Lawrence Barriner ll, talking about his path to MIT and DUSP.