How can planners help individuals to participate in an informed manner in the planning process for their communities?

What effect do localized, carefully designed, serious games have on their participants's actions inside their community? Can they be used as a public policy and planning tool to change the course of history in particular locations?

Answers to these questions and more in our newest DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Professor Lawrence Susskind and a discussion of the use of Role Play Simulation in the field of planning.

What does South-South Cooperation mean from an international development point of view?

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How is South-South cooperation different than North-South international development projects? Is there such a thing as 'pure' South-South cooperation? What can we learn from the rise in prevalence of South-South partnerships and the effects these projects have at a local level?

These questions about more are answered in our newest DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Assistant Professor, Gabriella Carolini.

MIT Day of Action

At grass-roots Day of Action event, MIT students, faculty, and others tackle political, economic, and social challenges with civic engagement.

When do developers shift from optimizing opportunity to exploitation and opportunism?

What does it mean to be a twice cleared community? How have these communities been shaped by socially constructed narratives of who has the right of access to physical space in the urban environment?

Answers to these questions and more in the latest DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Lawrence Vale. Now available via the DUSP YouTube Channel here

Two DUSP PhD Candidates Selected as Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability

Please join us in congratulating Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) PhD candidates Parrish Bergquist and Hannah Teicher who have been named 2017-2018 Martin Family Fellows.

DUSP Alumni, will lead the Design School at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Jason Schupbach, Master of City Planning (MCP) Alumni, will lead the Design School at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Jason's 2003 MCP thesis, Artists Downtown: Capitalizing on Art Districts in New England, focused on legitimizing and codifying the practice of professional urban planners working with arts districts to achieve economic and community revitalization through urban regeneration without loosing local culture.

Could a more inclusive narrative remedy the global, systemic risks created by a world indoctrinated by the Neoliberal economic narrative?

In the final panel of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Sandra Waddock, Professor of Management and the Galligan Chair of Strategy in the Carroll School of Corporate Responsibility at Boston College, as well as Karen Lai, Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore delve into the outcomes of the neoliberal shaping of our economic narrative and metrics. What alternative emerging paradigms might encompass economy, society, and nature?

Series of events apply MIT know-how to civic engagement with political, economic, and social challenges facing the U.S.

A broad network of faculty, students, and staff at MIT are hosting a Day of Action, today, April 18, in response to the political, economic, and social challenges currently confronting society. The Day of Action is free and open to the public and will continue until 9pm.

How should we define materiality in the context of a city?

In the third panel of the final day of the Finance, Geography, and Sustainability Workshops, Robert Eccles, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard University and Aniket Shah, Program Leader of Financing for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, explore the application of integrated reporting's codified capitals and evaluation process to promote more sustainable cities.

DUSP Alumna Appointed to Citizen Committee for Homeless Initiatives for Los Angeles

Tunua Thrash, a DUSP Masters of City Planning alumna, former Executive Director of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, and the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC), has been named as one of three citizen's who will help oversee the Proposition HHH controlled $1.2 billion for homeless initiatives in Los Angeles.