Spring 2017

Semester Start Date: 
Monday, November 7, 2016

Spring 2017 CDD Designing Practice Series

In Spring 2017, The CDD Designing Practice Series produced five talks over the semester from leading urban design practitioners around questions on the integration between infrastructural, urban, and natural systems in the contemporary city. The series was organized by Marie Law Adams as part of the 11.333J / 4.244J Urban Design Seminar: Perspectives on Contemporary Practice. Read on to learn about each lecture and see photos and posters from the events.

Connecting Bowdoin Geneva: A Plan for Community and Commerce

Connecting Bowdoin Geneva was a Spring 2017 Main Streets Practicum taught by Karl Seidman and Mary Anne Ocampo which explored the planning process for Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets with the intent on creating a plan that would be respectful, responsive, and meaningful for the commercial district and nearby residents.

How are individuals with multi-cultural backgrounds applying their experience and skills to innovate in science, technology, and pedagogy at MIT?

Zach Merchant, television host of Unscripted on Arlington Public News, recently sat down with DUSP’s faculty member, Bruno Verdini, to discuss the approach to his popular undergraduate course, 11.011 The Art and Science of Negotiation and his forthcoming book by MIT Press, Winning Together: The Natural Resource Negotiation Playbook

Are startups dividing cities by creating unaffordable urban 'utopias' that price out people of color and the middle class?

DUSP's Assistant Professor Justin Steil joins Richard Florida and Dev Davis on National Public Radio's OnPoint, hosted by Tom Ashbrook, to discuss the shifting dynamics of urban inequality. To listen to this podcast click here.

Two DUSP Alumni elected to the MIT Corporation

Please join us in congratulating DUSP Alumni Philip Ng (MCP '85) and Hyun-A Park (MCP '85) on their election to the MIT Corporation.

Park, the co-founder and president of Spy Pond Partners, will serve as the president of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae at MIT. Park's professional experience includes public and private sector engagement with transportation projects throughout the greater Boston area.

Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism

Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism was a Spring 2017 symposium organized by doctoral candidates Hannah Teicher and Aria Finkelstein.

Mariana Arcaya on the drivers of health inequality

3 Questions with DUSP Professor Mariana Arcaya

[from the MIT News, by Peter Dizikes; image: Arcaya]

Congratulations MIT Graduates!

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

At the Departmental Commencement Celebration on June 8, 2017, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Jeff Hebert (MCP 2004) as our Commencement Speaker.  Jeff holds three different titles in the City of New Orleans: Deputy Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Resilience Officer.

In addition to hearing from Jeff, the following year-end awards were announced at the event:

Departmental Awards

Mariana Arcaya will present modern trends that threaten to exacerbate health inequalities at the National Press Club

Arcaya will examine how the emergence of revolutionary health care technology, the evolution of socioeconomic status through the influence of new technologies and ideologies, the shifting inequity in access to health insurance, disparate levels of environmental exposures, and the public health effects of climate change, threaten to accelerate and intensify inequalities in public health in the United States.

Follow the conversation online via Twitter here using the hashtag #healthequity

Siqi Zheng on air quality and urban development in China

MIT Professor Siqi Zheng is the Samuel Tak Lee Associate Professor of Real Estate Development and Entrepreneurship within MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Center for Real Estate. She is also faculty director of the MIT Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab and author, with Matthew E. Kahn, of "Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China" (Princeton University Press, 2016).