Spring 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2014

UrbanAfrica Launches New Website

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

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

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

"Scaling Infrastructure" Conference at the CAU

On April 10, 2014, MIT's Center for Advanced Urbanism kicked off its Spring 2014 Symposium, on the topic of "Scaling Infrastructure."   Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama, gave the keynote address and a Q&A session moderated by DUSP professor Judy Layzer.

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

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

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:

The Orangi Pilot Project and Legacy of Architect Perween Rehman

"The Orangi Pilot Project and Legacy of Architect Perween Rehman” Sponsored by Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT Co-sponsored by Resilient Cities Housing Initiative, MIT 
APRIL 11, 2014 //// 6pm - 7:30 pm
Room 4-270
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Architect Arif Hasan, Chairperson of OPP and Urban Resource Center

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

Cape Cod Times Features NECAP Risk Assessment

NECAP's Barnstable risk assessment, published in March of 2014, was featured in April 4th's Cape Cod Times.  The risk assessment is one of several individual risk assessments NECAP produced for the New England region.  The risk assessments are designed as scientific and political tools to help define the risks of climate change to individual communities and to present salient points from which collabraotive adaption planning can be built.

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