Spring 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2014

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.

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.