What are the alternatives to adaptive management for the restoration of jeopardized ecosystems?

Natural resource agencies in the United States have traditionally favored adaptive management, a process emphasizing experimental learning to reduce uncertainty, to restore damaged ecosystems. However, empirically, these restoration efforts tend to rarely, truly reduce uncertainty and shift responsibility for implementation failures to agency organizational issues.

How can political, economic, and social values combat climate change?

In her recent publication, "Solutions to Climate Change Embodied in the Cultures of Markets" in the European Financial Review, Associate Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes discusses the possibilities for markets, specifically the markets uniquely defined by geopolitical cultures to address climate change. She argues that only by expanding our definition of climate change beyond the purely technocratic economic model and incorporating political, economic, and social values, will we be able to effectively combat climate change.

The future of urban housing in Brazil

The School of Architecture and Planning and the Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism (LCAU) at MIT have established a long-term initiative to rethink the future of affordable housing in Brazil, which faces an estimated shortage of 7 million units.

Autonomous boats providing environmental monitoring, transportation, and dynamic urban infrastructure - science fiction or scientific collaboration?

Imagine a future where autonomous boats provide transportation for goods and people while dynamically providing floating real-time, on demand infrastructure. This is the concept behind the Roboat program, a collaborative effort between MIT and the Netherland's AMS Institute (Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions).

Participants include DUSP professors Carlo Ratti and Dennis Frenchman.

How is Iceland dealing with imminent risks in its food system? Would you be surprised to know that it is no contingency plan to deal with potential food supply and distribution problems?

When we think of effects of climate change, food security is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, in the case of Iceland the issue is actually quite urgent. Holly Jacobson (MCP’16 ) investigates the challenges Iceland faces. She examines the direct and indirect effects of climate change on the food system, going well beyond economic concerns. What she learns ought to influence resilience planning more generally.

DesignX selects first cohort

Eight student-led teams hoping to launch ventures ranging from real estate development, to urban diagnostics, to novel design solutions for schoolchildren have been selected as the inaugural cohort for DesignX, the new entrepreneurship accelerator from MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P).

How do we prepare the planners of tomorrow to interpret human relationships with energy?

Discover Assistant Professor David Hsu's take on the human relationship with energy and how that relationship affects urban studies and planning issues such as climate change in the faculty focus piece in the current issue of Energy Futures.

How are international treaties shaping conservation efforts in Southeast Asia? How are different national approaches to managing protected areas and preserving marine resources working?

Kelly Heber-Dunning (PhD '16) analyzes the way in which Malaysia and Indonesia are attempting to implement the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), particularly with regard to the protection of coral reefs. Both nations are committed to safeguarding ecosystems and ensuring a fair distribution of benefits within their societies, but they are taking very different approaches to achieving these goals.

How will Just Cause Eviction affect the health of Boston Renters?

In a new Rapid Health Impact Assessment (RHIA), Professor Mariana Arcaya, together with DUSP students, Jennifer Hiser (MCP '16), Ellen Morris (MCP '16), Hannah Payne (MCP '16), Amy Plovnick (MCP '16), and Ayesha Shahid (MCP '17) explore how the proposed Just Cause Eviction Ordinance, could affect the health of renters in the City of Boston. The proposed ordinance, now titled the “Jim Brooks Stabilization Act of 2016,” would limit evictions by non-owner-occupant landlords to those with a “Just Cause,” which includes any violation of the lease terms.

People’s Climate March: Frontlines of Crisis, Forefront of Change

Do you remember the People’s Climate March (PCM) in 2014? Who led it, and why did it make history? Did you know that there was a deep divide between two streams of the movement?