Spring 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2014

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. 

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.

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.