2017 MSCP Scholar Series Now Available Online

With all the amazing events occurring around DUSP recently, you may have missed some of the 2017 MSCP Scholar Series presentations. Perhaps you would like to revisit a particular data point or policy idea. Luckily, the entire series is now available online via the DUSP YouTube channel.

How is power exercised through control over space?

Currently, how does this spatiality of power interact with law, planning, policy, and the responsibilities of academics? What are the implications of this interaction for housing in the United States?

We are pleased to bring you the next DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Assistant Professor Justin Steil.

What are the dynamics of rental affordability in Boston?

For most Americans who rent their home, housing is consuming a growing share of their household budget. Rents have risen significantly in the past two decades while incomes for the majority have not kept pace. As a result, roughly half of renter households nationwide are currently paying more than 30 percent of their income on rent. Further, approximately 12 million households in the United States spend more than half of their income on housing.

Can the language of US climate change policy be made personal in its impact but practical in its execution?

How can we bridge the disconnect of the US's construction of climate change rooted in urgency and associated inflexible responses versus the nature of climate change needing a long term, flexible, and collaborative interaction between multiple polities?

Find out answers to these questions and more in the next DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Associate Professor Janelle Knox-Hayes.

What is a 'Semi-topia'?

How do planners balance the desire to design utopias with inherent human imperfection? Why do so many traditional planners come from the field of architecture, and is that a good thing? What does a focus on the physical form of a city exclude from a comprehensive plan?

Learn the answers to these questions and more in the most recent DUSP Faculty video, featuring Associate Professor Brent Ryan.

How do you decide where to live? Do the most important factors stay constant throughout your life?

Many of us relocate to enhance our quality of lives. Tatjana Trebic, MCP’ 16 decided to examine these questions in the context of young low-income women transitioning to adulthood after Hurricane Katrina. She tried to understand why some of these young women decided to stay or return to high poverty neighborhoods. As planners, it is important to understand and support the choices these young people make.

Professor Eran Ben-Joseph joins Professor Christine Ortiz as co-director of MISTI Israel

Professor Eran Ben-Joseph, also Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, is a native of Israel and spent time as a visiting lecturer at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The move to co-director comes after sustained involvement with the MISTI Israel Program since its formal launch in 2007. To read more about Eran's involvement with MISTI please visit the MIT News article here.

The Fight Over Foreigners

The United States has long held in tension its identity as a nation of immigrants with a desire to craft a particular composition of the nation by excluding categories of migrants on the basis of education, income, race, ethnicity, or religion. The rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election and the recent executive orders have again highlighted this tension. What are roots of the current administration’s immigration policies? To what extent are recent shifts in immigration policies unique and to what extent do they echo earlier periods of U.S. migration?