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SENSEable City: Ride-sharing for Efficiency

Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of companies that provide similar services with licensed taxi cabs have sprung up.
What if the taxi-service app on your cellphone had a button on it that let you indicate that you were willing to share a ride with another passenger? How drastically could cab-sharing reduce traffic, fares, and carbon dioxide emissions?

Two MIT CoLab Mel King Community Fellows Selected as MacArthur Fellows

Two MIT CoLab Mel King Community Fellows (MKCF), Ai-Jen Poo (2013-2014) and Rick Lowe (2014) have been selected as 2014 MacArthur Fellows.  Ai-Jen Poo is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, her MKCFs cohort has been focused on labor/community partnerships and innovative approaches to organizing worker power.  Rick Lowe is Founder of Project Row Houses, his MKCFs cohort is focused on how the field of urban planning can be animated with the creativity and criticality of artist's perspectives.

Call for Abstracts: Projections 12

"Rethinking the Role of Law in Urban Planning, Policy and Development"

Projections (Vol. 12)

Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

Due date for abstracts: 30th of October 2014

Calestous Juma on the Africa Ebola Outbreak: How do we prevent it?

DUSP MLK Visiting Professor Calestous Juma has written an opinion piece for Aljazeera on  "The Africa Ebola outbreak: How do we prevent it?"  The article argues that outbreak has exposed Africa's poor infrastructure, limited health research and inadequate scientific adviceee; see http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/08/africa-ebola-outbreak-h... to read more.

Medellin Practicum Publishes Final Report & Exhibits Planning Proposals

On August 21, final planning proposals from the Medellin Practicum were presented to community members and city planners in an exhibition titled "Comuna 8, a varias manos / Comuna 8, by several hands."

DUSPEXPLORER

DUSP EXPLORER is an online, interactive (beta) visualization of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning. Here you can find information about our current faculty, where we work, and how our projects intersect with each other and connect with the central themes of urban planning and design. Using the drop-down menu at the top of the page, you can begin to explore our department using the following lenses: 

Grad Student Wins $10K Public-Sector Aviation Award

Carey Anne Nadeau (MCP, Feb ‘15) has been selected after a competitive proposal process, as the recipient of a $10,000 research stipend by the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues.  Sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration of the U.S.

Committed to Caring: Professor Brent Ryan

Congratulations to DUSP Professor Brent Ryan, who was recently awarded a "Committed to Caring” honor from the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.  The program recognizes MIT faculty members who "go above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of graduate students." Two new faculty members are recognized each month through a broad campus poster and web campaign.  Honorees are determined by a selection committee made up of MIT graduate students and staff.

In granting the award, the office noted,

Expanding transportation planning capacity in cities of the global south: Public-private collaboration and conflict in Chile and Mexico

In his dissertation, Onesimo Flores Dewey studied how the governments of cities limited by scarce fiscal resources and weak institutions enhance their transportation planning and regulatory capacities to provide the public with cleaner, safer, efficient, and reliable public transit alternatives. Such aims are particularly challenging for cities of the developing world, in part because a quasi-informal network of privately owned transport operators has been historically responsible for satisfying the public’s mobility needs with minimal state intervention.

Student Spotlight: John Arroyo

DUSP PhD student John Arroyo is featured today on a front-page story on the MIT homepage.  See below for an excerpt, or click here for the whole story by MIT News correspondent Zach Wener-Fligner.

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