Elizabeth Yarina Awarded 2015 Benjamin Siegel Prize in Writing

The MIT Program in Science, Technology, and Society awarded the 2015 Benjamin Siegel prize to "CONTESTED LANDSCAPES: Staking Claims in Michigan’s Copper Country," by Elizabeth Yarina, a joint Masters student in DUSP and Architecture. They noted:

Vale's "Purging the Poorest" Wins 2015 Best Book in Urban Affairs Award

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA), the international professional association for urban scholars, researchers and public service professionals, convened its 45th Annual Conference in Miami, Florida in April. During the conference, awards were presented in recognition of outstanding scholarship and service. Among those honored was DUSP Professor Lawrence J. Vale, who was awarded the 2015 Best Book in Urban Affairs Award for his book, Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities (University of Chicago Press).

"Future Food District" at Expo 2015 / MIlano

A new project at the Expo 2015 in Milan, managed by DUSP Professor Carlo Ratti, Director of the SENSEable City Lab together with Carlo Ratti Associates design studio, presents possible scenarios for the application of new technologies at each step of the food chain. Titled "Future Food District," the project is a micro universe in which the visitor is invited to explore different interactions between people and food.  In the word's of the project website:

Albert Saiz Featured on MIT News

A new article on the MIT webpage explores "Real estate and reality" and the research of DUSP Professor Albert Saiz.  

Are you interested in cities and urban form? Do you ever wonder, for instance, why new housing developments spring up in certain places, but not others?

Main Streets Practicum Featured in "Wicked Local"

Students in DUSP's "Revitalizing Urban Main Streets Practicum" presented at a community meeting in Boston's Brighton neighborhood, as covered by the Allston/Brighton Wicked Local:

Twelve graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Urban Studies and Planning department presented the initial results of their three month study of the Brighton Main Streets district at the Presentation School Community Center in Oak Square last Thursday.

CDD Forum Spring 2015- Jeffrey Shumaker: Designing NYC

4/27 Jeff Shumaker, Chief Urban Designer for the NYC Department of City Planning

Collier Memorial dedication and community picnic: 4/29

During the last week of April, the MIT community is invited to gather for several events focused on MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in active service two years ago.

Congratulations, DUSP Graduate Women of Excellence!

On April 23, 2015, MIT's Office of the Dean of Graduate Education (ODGE) will celebrate a group of graduate women at MIT nominated by their peers, faculty, and staff, and selected for recognition based on their leadership and service contributions at the Institute, their dedication to mentoring, and their drive to make changes to improve student experience.  At the celebration, held at the Microsoft NERD Center, honorees presented posters to help attendees learn about their accomplishments, celebrate their work, and discovere the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.  Included among

Norman B. Leventhal ’38, visionary developer and philanthropist, dies at 97

Corporation member helped create Boston’s urban revival and was a noted contributor to MIT.

Norman B. Leventhal ’38 — a visionary developer and philanthropist at the center of Boston’s postwar revival, and a conscience of its civic life — died Sunday at age 97. Leventhal was a life member emeritus of the MIT Corporation, and a vital member of the Institute community throughout his decades as an alumnus.