DUSP Graduate Student awarded a 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Please join us in congratulating Benjamin Preis, a current MCP Candidate at DUSP, who was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship!

Balakrishnan Rajagopal elected as a Counsellor to the American Society of International Law

Balakrishnan Rajagopal, associate professor of law and development at MIT, has been elected as a counsellor to the American Society of International Law (ASIL). In this role, he will advise the advancement of international law scholarship and education in the United States and around the globe.

Public Release of new project coincides with Fair Housing Act 50th Anniversary

The Furthering Fair Housing project is a research program at DUSP gathering and analyzing the Assessments of Fair Housing from municipalities across the country created in response to the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule.

This portal is the most comprehensive source of Assessments of Fair Housing (AFHs) and provides important background information on the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule as well as the latest research on the Rule’s effects.

Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) Celebrates 50th Anniversary

SPURS, created in 1967 within DUSP, is a one-year, non-degree program designed for outstanding mid-career professionals from newly industrializing countries. Over the course of 50 years, SPURS has drawn fellows from across over 120 countries and from fields as diverse as architecture, economics, and urban planning.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Chris Jones, the newly named executive director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.

The DUSP Fund for Excellence in Public Service

As tuition expenses rise across the nation, graduates of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning bear the burden of increasing student loans in order to make meaningful and lasting contributions to society through their chosen professions. The Excellence in Public Service Awards recognize outstanding public service achievements by DUSP graduates. These awards aim to encourage and inspire the pursuit of public service careers, providing a financial award of up to $10,000 to offset debt incurred by pursuing their graduate degree at MIT.

A new Collaboration forms for Equity and Sustainable Development in Post-conflict Colombia

MIT CoLab has been building partnerships with the objective of identifying strategies to build equity into models of climate change mitigation and sustainable development in post-conflict Colombia. Partners includes the Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible (Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Leibniz Universität Hannover.

DUSP graduate students honored by American Institute of Certified Planners

The American Institute of Certified Planners has awarded a team of 16 graduate students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) an AICP Student Project Award. The annual awards recognize outstanding class projects or papers that advance the field of planning. Winners will be recognized at the 2018 National Planning Convention in New Orleans.

Gardens as Ideas Creating Form

Anne Whiston Spirn, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, is exploring the interplay between the intangible - ideas and feelings - and the manifestation of physical form in her new multimedia website, Marnas: A Journey through Space, Time, and Ideas. Marnas is a garden in Sweden designed by Sven-Ingvar Andersson, a landscape architect who designed Amsterdam’s Museumplein and Vienna’s Karlsplatz.

MIT launches Task Force on the Work of the Future

On February 27, 2018 MIT launched a Task Force on the Work of the Future. The Institute-wide effort is aimed at understanding and sculpting the evolution of employment and work during an age of innovation.