Spring 2015

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, January 2, 2015

Workshop on Geographic Information Systems

An introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) as applied to urban and regional planning, community development, and local government. Emphasis on learning GIS technology and spatial analysis techniques through extensive hands-on exercises using real-world data sets such as the US census of population and housing. Includes a small project on an urban planning problem involving the selection of appropriate methods, the use of primary and secondary data, computer-based modeling, and spatial analysis. Enrollment limited; preference to MCP students.

New England Climate Adaptation Project (NECAP)

In conjunction with the National Estuary Research Reserve System (NERRS) of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Science Impact Collaborative has spent three years documenting the ways in which municipal efforts to manage climate risks in four New England states can be supported through the use of collaboratively produced risk assessments, stakeholder assessments, and widespread public engagement in tailored role-play simulations.  We hope, next, to be working with the Massachusetts De

NECAP

In conjunction with the National Estuary Research Reserve System (NERRS) of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Science Impact Collaborative has spent three years documenting the ways in which municipal efforts to manage climate risks in four New England states can be supported through the use of collaboratively produced risk assessments, stakeholder assessments, and widespread public engagement in tailored role-play simulations.  We hope, next, to be working with the Massachusetts De

Samuel Tak Lee (STL) Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab

MIT has received one of the largest gifts in its history, from alumnus Samuel Tak Lee ’62, SM ’64, to establish a real estate entrepreneurship lab that will promote social responsibility among entrepreneurs and academics in the real estate profession worldwide, with a particular focus on China. The gift will fund fellowships to attract both U.S. and international students; will support research on sustainable real estate development and global urbanization; and will make the lab’s curriculum available online to learners worldwide via MITx.

MIT-USAID program releases pioneering evaluation of solar lanterns

First report of Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation offers new framework for assessment.

When a person lives on less than $2 a day — as some 2.7 billion people around the world do — there isn’t room for a product like a solar lantern or a water filter to fail.

It’s a challenge development agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and consumers themselves face every day: With so many products on the market, how do you choose the right one?

Affordable Housing Development Competition Info Session

Now in its fifteenth year, the Competition matches graduate students with
affordable housing development professionals and provides students with the
opportunity to combine classroom experience with real-world practice in
affordable-housing development. The competition integrates a wide range of
academic subjects and innovative ideas to spark new interest in the housing
issues affecting Greater Boston. Students learn the multilevel process of
design and production and the value of partnering with housing

PhD Alum Wins Banamex Award

DUSP Alum Roberto Guerrero Compeán (PhD 2014) has been awarded the Banamex Economics Award from the Banco Nacional de Mexico for his dissertation on "Vulnerability, livelihoods, and global warming in Mexico: the impact of climatic shocks in global welfare."

$118M gift to advance socially responsible development

Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab to include focus on China.

Analyzing and Accounting for Regional Economic Change

The practice of regional development utilizes economic theory to explain how (primarily) economic forces lead to and perpetuate spatial variation across geographic space. Regional theory seeks to explain not only why activities vary across location, but it also provides the motive force behind changes over time.  For planners “regional” represents a spatial unit of analysis like city, metropolitan, or rural area.

IDG Thesis Prep

This course is intended for MCP students preparing to conduct international field research. The class will introduce the basics of field research, including different types of data collection and qualitative data analysis techniques. Over the course of the semester, students will develop their ideas for their thesis project and prepare a thesis proposal.

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