Potential new location for School of Architecture and Planning identified

MIT has identified the Metropolitan Storage Warehouse as a potential new location for the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P). The proposed move would let the Institute create a new hub for design research and education, allow the school to expand its full range of activities, and open new spaces for public use.

DUSP alum appointed prime minister of Jordan

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Omar al-Razzaz (MCP ’87), who has been appointed Jordan’s new prime minister.

On June 5th 2018, Jordan’s King Abdullah II officially appointed Razzaz to form a new government after accepting the resignation of Hani Mulki, the former prime minister.

2017-2018 DUSP Thesis/Dissertation Abstracts

The 2017-2018 DUSP Thesis/Dissertation Abstracts booklet, providing a glimpse at the diverse set of challenges and phenomena studied, researched, and documented by MCP, SM, and PHD graduates, is now available for download via the link on the right and online viewing via issuu below.

Turning Urban Vehicles into Sensing Platforms

Researchers from the City Scanner project at the Senseable City Lab are examining how environmental sensors embedded in vehicles could be leveraged to enhance information about our urban landscapes. By using sensors of vehicles navigating the city, they present a cost efficient, real-time ability to collect diverse data sets across cities.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

At the Departmental Commencement Celebration on June 7, 2018, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Bomee Jung (MCP 2007) as our Commencement Speaker.  Bomee is currently serving as the Vice President of Energy and Sustainability for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), where she is coordinating the development of an Authority-wide comprehensive sustainability agenda.

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

Departmental Awards

China Venture Workshop announces first cohort

The first China Venture Workshop cohort, ten MIT teams collaborating with local partners, will pilot solutions to urban challenges associated with urbanization.

MIT faculty approves new urban science major

Urban settlements and technology around the world are co-evolving as flows of population, finance, and politics are reshaping the very identity of cities and nations. Rapid and profound changes are driven by pervasive sensing, the growth and availability of continuous data streams, advanced analytics, interactive communications and social networks, and distributed intelligence. At MIT, urban planners and computer scientists are embracing these exciting new developments.

How many taxis does a city need?

As a future with automated vehicles becomes increasingly crystallized, planners and transportation experts, are increasingly optimistic that these vehicles will create a shift in ownership versus sharing services for mobility models - unlocking opportunities to reduce congestion and pollution in urban environments.

2018 Infinite Mile Awards

On Thursday, May 17th, three exceptional staff members of the MIT community were honored with Infinite Mile Awards. The awards were presented at a celebratory event to DUSP’s Harriette Crawford as well as ACT’s Marion Cunningham and Media Lab’s Marissa Marcoux.

Part of the Institute-wide MIT Rewards and Recognition program, SA+P’s Infinite Mile Award is given to individuals–or teams–whose contributions are particularly valuable to advancing the School of Architecture and Planning's core mission of producing first-rate, innovative research, scholarship and teaching.

Anne Spirn Receives Cooper Hewitt National Design Award

Anne Whiston Spirn, Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, is one of the 10 honorees for the 2018 National Design Awards from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Spirn’s 30+ years of leadership, impact, and innovation were recognized with the honor of the Design Mind award.