Spring 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2014

Mike Foster on "Critical Map Reading"

In an online article for Directions Magazine, DUSP Geographic Specialist Mike Foster describes "The Lost Art of Critical Map Reading."  Using examples pulled from around the web, he offers five simple habits that will improve map reading abilities, including:

MIT Wins Energy Competition (Twice!) (Again!!)

A team of eight MIT undergraduate and graduate students won two awards in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Case Competition, out of more than 150 students from across the country. The win means MIT students have taken home not just one, but two, prizes from the competition each of the three years it has taken place.

Students Pause for "Slow Lunch"

Is a slow, shared lunch a radical act? In many corners of MIT, where 18 hour lab sessions are the norm, taking a lunch break may be viewed as a sign of weakness... So, on March 21, members of the DUSP-led New Economy @ MIT group decided to have an open, slow, and very homemade lunch in Lobby 7, the grand entryway to this excellent (and often overworked) institution. 

Solarize Your City

Join the Massachusettes CEC Solar Leader and MCP Cannidate Ryan Cook as they lead a discussion on solar power as part of the Community Energy Innovations lunch series.

EPP Lunch Seminar- Guest Speaker Roxane Lavoie


EPP Students and Faculty please come to the EPP lunch seminar to enjoy delicious food, good company, and a fascinating talk by Post-Doctoral Researcher Roxane Lavoie.  Roxane will be leading a talk on planning for source water protection as well as the challenges and reflections to such planning.  Please see below for an abstract of her talk.

Lightning Talks

12 DUSP faculty will have three minutes to explain one of their research projects--in layperson's language. We are hoping to strike that perfect blend of “fun and informative,” so that students and faculty can be inspired by the work of colleagues and we can all start to explore new ways of working together.

China Urban Development Discussion "China’s National Land Management Strategies to Address the Challenges of Rapid Urbanization"

Speaker: Dr. Bin Lu, Professor and Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Peking University, Beijing, China.
Panelists: Prof. Chris Zegras and Jinhua Zhao, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Gentrification & Displacement: New Challenges, Evolving Struggles

This panel brings together activists, scholars and planners working on the front lines of the stuggle to maintain and strengthen communities affected by gentrification and displacement in the greater Boston area. The event is hosted by MIT's Displacement Research and Action Network (DRAN) and the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative (RCHI). 

City Initiatives for Climate Action


All are welcome to this week’s Community Energy Innovations Lunch Seminar: City Initiatives for Climate Action.  Wednesday March 19, 12:30-2:00 PM Room 10-401.

We’re very pleased to be joined by two distinguished guests - who are leaders of Boston area urban efficiency initiatives (and recent grads):