Spring 2014

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2014

Cities for All: A Universal Design Colloquium

This event is a unique opportunity to ponder design as a civil right- creating universal access to urban spaces and places for diverse populations.

Please contact Sara Hess at sarahess@mit.edu with any questions and to RSVP to this event.

Conflicts Over Hydrodevelopment in Southern Chile

With the support of a MISTI grant, the Science Impact Collaborative has partnered with Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) to research and promote better ways for affected communities, companies, and government to collaborate on decisions related to hydropower development in southern Chile.


MIT-Malaysia Sustainable Cities Collaboration

The MIT- Malaysia Sustainable Cities Partnership is a five-year effort, co-managed by faculty at MIT and the Universiti of Teknologi of Malaysia (UTM), with a multimillion dollar grant from the Malaysian Ministry of Education.  The goal of the partnership is to document sustainable city development efforts in Malaysia. We intend to use our research findings to create on-line video instructional materials to support the teaching of sustainable city development in universities in the global South.

The Critical Urban Sustainability Drivers Project


  • The Critical Urban Sustainability Drivers Project, funded by the Summit Foundation, identifies a compact set of major drivers of urban sustainability and links them to policy interventions that can move the needle on those drivers—and thereby genuinely enhance the sustainability of cities. Documents based on this work will be will be posted on the web when complete.

Urban Sustainability Assessment (USA) Project

The Urban Sustainability Assessment (USA) Project involves developing and testing a protocol for systematically evaluating the effectiveness of urban sustainability programs in the United States.

Professor Rajagopal on "Humanity denied"

The Indian Express features an editorial by DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal entitled "Humanity Denied," on the topic of the country's 2013 manual scavenging law.  In summary, the law "does not go far enough."

"No city worth its name wants to be seen as a den of injustice and exploitation. Cities compete to show how they are modern, dynamic, open minded, just and “world class”. They establish museums, civic spaces, plural institutions for governance and push for technology-driven approaches to designing better buildings, transport networks and delivery of services.

Danya Rumore named a 2014 Global Fellow

Danya Rumore has been selected for the 2014 Global Fellows Program. The Global Fellows Program, a collaboration between MIT and Imperial College London, trains PhD students to create, sustain, and lead successful international research collaborations. Through presentations, interactive work and hands-on activities, PhD students from both schools will develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career.

2013 Judges' Choice Award for Enabling Adaptation Contest

In the autumn of 2012, the Climate CoLab opened up 18 contests, each focused on a challenge the world is facing as we confront climate change. By June 15, nearly 400 proposals had been submitted from around the world, by non-profits, entrepreneurs, scholars and climate experts, students, business people, and concerned citizens. Proposals championed new technologies, community projects, online apps and websites, marketing strategies, business ideas, and government initiatives.

Hon. Valerie Jarrett: “Built to Last: Opportunity, and the Economics of Empowerment”

Valerie Jarrett currently serves as Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversees the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls.