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Crowdsourced mapathon seeks to direct humanitarian aid for Puerto Rico

Inspired by efforts at Columbia University in the City of New York, DUSP doctoral student Lily Bui and Chaewon Ahn along with DUSP GIS instructor, Eric Huntley, and Daniel Sheehan, a senior GIS specialist in the MIT Libraries, organized a volunteer 'mapathon' to help develop a thorough map of Puerto Rico's built environment prior to the2017 hurricane season. Leveraging the OpenStreetMap platform, a diverse group of volunteers was able produce professional-detail maps of areas in Puerto Rico to help aid workers and organizations target their efforts for maximum impact.

Garnette Cadogan, defining the future of writing

Literature has the power to reshape how we perceive and understand the world around us, to transport us into explorations of infinite futures, and even to give us a compass to locate our sense of self and our purpose. We are thrilled to announce that Garnette Cadogan, DUSP’s 2017-2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar, was named one of the 29 artists who are defining the future of writing.

Local government interventions shaping national CO2 emission reductions

Residential energy conservation mandates could reduce residential CO2 emissions in 2030 by an average of 30 percent over and above 2010 levels in eleven representative U.S. metropolitan regions. With the current U.S. presidential administration's stance of opposition to federal action on climate change, local government initiatives have moved to the forefront of reducing national greenhouse gas emissions.

Planning a better world, starting close to home

The MIT Campaign for a Better World, launched in May 2016 with a celebration on campus, then gathered momentum through events that have brought together alumni and friends of MIT in cities worldwide. This week, the series comes home to Boston. On the eve of the local gathering, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the contributions made by MIT faculty and alumni beyond our campus, in Cambridge, Boston, and greater New England. 

DUSP provides targeted aid for Mexican earthquake victims

On Sept. 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City and the surrounding region, demolishing buildings, killing hundreds, and trapping and injuring many more. The disaster galvanized Mexican students in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) to construct a crowdsourcing platform designed to link those in need of help with volunteers best positioned to assist with specific needs.

Boosting agriculture in developing countries

At a day-long event focused on global food and water security, DUSP's Professor Erica James presented on how she and Professor Dennis McLaughlin (Civil and Environmental Engineering) utilized their Seed Grant from the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) to identify opportunities to increase food production and security in the developing world.

Four New Faculty Join DUSP

DUSP is pleased to welcome four new faculty members into our community of intellectuals and practitioners. Each of these individuals brings their unique perspectives and skills in fields ranging from conflict studies, the historical evolution of markets and institutions, health and urbanism, and housing market analysis, to compliment and strengthen DUSP’s ability to study, engage, and address the current issues of our global community. 

The four new professors are:

Jason Jackson, assistant professor

MIT, Tsinghua University sign urban innovation agreement

A new project between MIT and Tsinghua University will open new paths for the implementation of innovative concepts and technologies, pioneered at MIT, in the urban landscape of China. To read more about the new project, the Future City Innovation Connector (FCIC), read the full MIT News story, here

How does a legacy of injustice and violence metastasize in our policies, culture, and cities?

In a joint MIT Department of Architecture and DUSP panel discussion session, Legacies of Discrimination and the Built Environment, DUSP faculty members, Dayna Cunningham and Justin Steil as well as 2017-2018 Martin Luther King Jr.

How close are we to a smart, efficient, and sustainable suburbia?

In 'The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here,' Alan Berger, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, discusses how innovations in technology, planning, and design are amplifying the environmental affects of climate change and the preferences of millennial suburbanites to transform the landscape of suburbia. To read his analysis of disruptive technologies, such as drones and autonomous vehicles, possible future impacts on the suburbs, click here

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