Spring 2015

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, January 2, 2015

Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management Conference

For more than 20 years, CUPUM (Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management) has been one of the premier international conferences for the exchange of ideas and applications of computing technologies to address a diverse range of social, managerial, and environmental problems impacting urban planning and development.  Use these links to learn more about previous conferences and CUPUM leadership

Professor Rajagopal Speaks at "Globalizing Ferguson" Conference

On April 6, 2015, the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School convened a conference on "  "Globalizing Ferguson: Racialized Policing and International Resistance."  

MIT CITE Program Launches New Website

Promoting Collaboration, Conversation

The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT has just launched a new website, designed to facilitate learning, sharing, and action through conversation and collaboration. CITE’s new online home features a monthly discussion forum, a growing report library, and plenty of opportunities to get involved in CITE’s evaluation work.

Student Research: Upgrading from Below in the Federal District, Mexico

For her master's thesis, Claire Evans (MCP 2015) researched the "Right to the City" in Mexico's Federal District,   In 2010, then-Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of Mexico’s Distrito Federal (DF) signed the Mexico City Charter for the Right to the City. Echoing a global movement by activists, academics, citizens, and government officials, a consortium of municipal activist organizations had written the charter over a three-year participatory process.

$10M to transform teaching in the digital age

DUSP professor Eric Klopfer the director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program, MIT Office of Digital Learning (ODL) and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, announced a new collaboration aimed at supporting teachers in their efforts to use emerging digital learning tools and environments, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

3 Questions: Amy Glasmeier on the living wage

A new "3 Questions" article on the MIT News asks DUSP Professor Amy Glasmeier about her Living Wage Calculator:

Congratulations, DUSP 2015

Congratulations to the Class of 2015

At the Departmental Commencement Breakfast at the MIT Media Lab on June 4, 2015, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Chrystal Kornegay (MCP 1997) as our Commencement Speaker.  Chrystal is the Undersecretary of Housing & Community Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In addition to hearing from Chrystal, the following year-end awards were announced at the Breakfast.

Departmental Awards

What3Words: 3 Words to Address the 4 Billion Unaddressed

The United Nations estimates that there are 4 billion people who don't have an address. Not only is this one of the first steps to legal recognition and the associated social and economic development, it also means people can???t get basic services, such as post. People need a simple, accurate and unambiguous address system. They could use GPS co-ordinates, but with 14-16 digits and some letters, they are too difficult to use for most people except professionals.

Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship celebrates 50 years

The MIT News is celebrating 50 years of the Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship with profiles and stories of past and present fellows.

In Memoriam: Judy Layzer

We are saddened to report the news that our colleague and friend Professor Judy Layzer passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2015. She was 53 years old.

Layzer had been on the faculty of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) since 2003, and had served as associate head of the department since 2014.