Apr 22, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

A recent video on TechTV features MCP student Lawrence Barriner ll, talking about his path to MIT and DUSP.

Apr 21, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

UrbanAfrica, a student organization in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, has launched a new website, accessible here. The purpose of UrbanAfrica is to explore the complexity of urban development in African cities and discuss strategies for engagement. Thr group is constituted as a space to explore research and practice-based interests, generate academic discussion, and elevate the analysis of African cities within DUSP and MIT more broadly. 

Apr 16, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

On Nov. 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. Winds reaching nearly 200 mph battered the city of Tacloban and the surrounding areas, creating 16-foot waves that swept away homes, people, and livelihoods. It quickly became the country’s deadliest natural disaster on record: More than 6,000 people died, and nearly 2,000 went missing. The damage was estimated at $1.5 billion.

Apr 15, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The MIT Community Innovator's Lab (CoLab) and Development Lab (D-Lab) are engaged in a long-term waste management project in Central America, led by CoLab Program Director of Global Sustainability Partnerships Libby McDonald.  From Mexico to Panama, Libby and her students are helping low-income communities create sustainable waste management businesses and connect their communities through a zero waste supply chain.  This

Apr 14, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

On April 10, 2014, MIT's Center for Advanced Urbanism kicked off its Spring 2014 Symposium, on the topic of "Scaling Infrastructure."   Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama, gave the keynote address and a Q&A session moderated by DUSP professor Judy Layzer.

Apr 12, 2014. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

MIT selected Dr. Calestous Juma as DUSP MLK Visiting Professor for 2014-2015.

Professor Juma is an internationally recognized authority on the application of science and technology to sustainable development. He was named one of the most influential 100 Africans in 2012 and 2013 by the New African magazine. 

 

Apr 10, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban
Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline:
May 15, 2014.

Purpose.  In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public
Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the
Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public
service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the
Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes:

Apr 04, 2014. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

NECAP's Barnstable risk assessment, published in March of 2014, was featured in April 4th's Cape Cod Times.  The risk assessment is one of several individual risk assessments NECAP produced for the New England region.  The risk assessments are designed as scientific and political tools to help define the risks of climate change to individual communities and to present salient points from which collabraotive adaption planning can be built.

Apr 01, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In an online article for Directions Magazine, DUSP Geographic Specialist Mike Foster describes "The Lost Art of Critical Map Reading."  Using examples pulled from around the web, he offers five simple habits that will improve map reading abilities, including:

Mar 31, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

A team of eight MIT undergraduate and graduate students won two awards in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Case Competition, out of more than 150 students from across the country. The win means MIT students have taken home not just one, but two, prizes from the competition each of the three years it has taken place.

Mar 31, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Is a slow, shared lunch a radical act? In many corners of MIT, where 18 hour lab sessions are the norm, taking a lunch break may be viewed as a sign of weakness... So, on March 21, members of the DUSP-led New Economy @ MIT group decided to have an open, slow, and very homemade lunch in Lobby 7, the grand entryway to this excellent (and often overworked) institution. 

Mar 12, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Indian Express features an editorial by DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal entitled "Humanity Denied," on the topic of the country's 2013 manual scavenging law.  In summary, the law "does not go far enough."

Mar 11, 2014. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Danya Rumore has been selected for the 2014 Global Fellows Program. The Global Fellows Program, a collaboration between MIT and Imperial College London, trains PhD students to create, sustain, and lead successful international research collaborations. Through presentations, interactive work and hands-on activities, PhD students from both schools will develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career.

Mar 11, 2014. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

In the autumn of 2012, the Climate CoLab opened up 18 contests, each focused on a challenge the world is facing as we confront climate change. By June 15, nearly 400 proposals had been submitted from around the world, by non-profits, entrepreneurs, scholars and climate experts, students, business people, and concerned citizens. Proposals championed new technologies, community projects, online apps and websites, marketing strategies, business ideas, and government initiatives.

Mar 03, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The economics of urban environments

The Urban Economics Lab at MIT focuses on studying economic activity and economic trends in cities. The Lab uses analytical models and big data to understand what makes cities thrive or decline, how housing values are formed and oscillate, and how local politics and social phenomena manifest in the context of increasing global urbanization.

To learn more about the Lab, check out their new website at https://urbaneconomics.mit.edu/home.

 

Feb 27, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Smith College Museum of Art is featuring a show of photographs by DUSP Professor Anne Whiston Spirn.  The exhibit, entitled "The Eye is a Door," is the first major exhibition to explore how Spirn’s photographs encourage a deeper understanding of the natural and built environment through the development of visual literacy -- the ability to read and analyze visual information.

Feb 25, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

As part of DUSP's Mobility Futures Collaborative, a team of students recently proposed using portable monitors to gather air quality data as people move around the city.

Feb 21, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Data from the MIT "Living Wage Calculator" show the gap between the cost of living modestly in the US and the minimum and poverty wage rates. Amy Glasmeier, professor of economic geography and regional planning, began developing the calculator a decade ago while studying the causes of recurrent poverty. Besides contributing data to discussions on raising the minimum wage, the tool and Glasmeier’s comments in Slice of MIT illustrate why higher wages help everybody.

Feb 18, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

A recent installment of MIT News "3 Questions"  by Peter Dizekes features DUSP Professor JoAnn Carmin on helping cities plan for climate change.  Visit the MIT News site to read her answers to the following questions:

Feb 08, 2014. Posted by Phil Sunde

Interview with Sandra Gutierrez Poizat, 2013-2014 Humphrey Fellow, El Salvador

Feb 05, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Cities around the world are growing faster than you can say megalopolis. More than half the world lives in cities, and by 2050, it will be two-thirds. In China alone, 300 million people will move to the city within the next 15 years, and to serve them, China must build the equivalent of the entire built infrastructure of the United States by 2028.

Feb 03, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Congratulations to DUSP student Bruno Verdini, who was awarded a "Next Generation Grant" from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation for his research project on "United States–Mexico Water and Energy Negotiations.”  The Program supports research in negotiation and conflict resolution by non-tenured faculty and doctoral studentsFor more information, click here.

Jan 29, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Adèle Naudé Santos, dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), announced to the school’s faculty that after 10 years as dean, she has decided to step down and return to the faculty, effective at the end of this semester. She is the ninth dean of the school and the second woman to hold the position of school dean at MIT.

Jan 27, 2014. Posted by Christina Ruhfel

Article by MIT CoLab's Dayna Cunningham for The Architectural League of New York on the critical role democracy plays in addressing environmental degradation, and social and economic inequality.  Read more at: http://archleague.org/2014/01/citizenship-and-governance-for-a-five-thousand-pound-life/.

Jan 21, 2014. Posted by Prudence Robinson

A newly released report from MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) resulting from the student course "Advanced Research Workshop in Landscape + Urbanism" highlights the complexity of the issue. Produced in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects, the document examines an array of public health matters in eight major metropolitan areas in the United States, and suggests a wide array of possible remedies, from better mass transit to extensive tree-planting.

Jan 17, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, unveiled the designs resulting from its "ParkingPLUS Design Challenge." The Challenge was initiated to encourage transformative thinking about parking structures in suburban downtowns and how they could be re-imagined to better address downtown needs.

Jan 15, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded MIT's School of Architecture + Planning (SA+P) a $1 million grant to help create a Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative.

Aimed at expanding the consciousness and reach of global history in teaching architecture, the Collaborative includes scholars who, in various ways, will produce classroom materials for teachers and professors in charge of teaching architectural history at the undergraduate or survey level.

Jan 09, 2014. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The online ecoRI News site article "Climate-Change Games" feautres an in-depth report on the progress of the New England Climate Adaptation Project (NECAP) — a partnership between the DUSP/MIT's Science Impact Collaborative, the Consensus Building Institute and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.  As the article describes, NECAP is collaborating with four at-risk coastal New England communities to assess local

Dec 19, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Many residents of Britain, Italy, and Belgium imagine there to be a kind of north-south divide in their countries, marking a barrier between different social groups and regional characteristics. Now a new study by MIT researchers reveals that such divides can be seen in the patterns of communication in those countries and others.

Dec 18, 2013. Posted by Phil Sunde

Interview with Latha Chhetri, 2013-2014 Humphrey Fellow, Bhutan

Dec 16, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Graduate students taking a spring 2013 practicum in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) urged utilities and government leaders to consider a range of innovative approaches to the thorny problem of how to spur energy efficiency upgrades in multifamily housing.

Dec 13, 2013. Posted by Site Admin

As city officials search for a single master developer to plan Union Square’s billion-dollar urban renewal and outline a course for that developer to take, including potentially building a new City Hall in a mixed-use commercial building, a group of MIT students are already eyeing the surrounding area for future changes.

Dec 12, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Government of Catalonia and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI) have awarded the National Young Talent Award for Research to Isabelle Anguelovski (PhD 2011), Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) within the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Isabelle Anguelovski specializes in issues of poverty and environmental inequities.

Dec 11, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Recently, "The Dirt," the blog of the Amercian Society of Landscape Architects, profiled MIT's new Center for Advanced Urbanism

Dec 10, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

As he prepares to become the first new Mayor in Boston in nearly 20 years, Marty Walsh is assembling his "2014 Transition Committee," which includes quite a few planners with MIT/DUSP connections, including:

Dec 05, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Displacement Research and Action Network, based at MIT, is a global network on displacement and land rights that brings together activists, academics and policy makers to build new theory and evidence of the increase and intensity of mass internal displacement around the world due to development, conflict or climate disaster.

Nov 28, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

At a sold-out Lloyd Banks show at Cambridge's Middle East Club, DUSP Professor Emeritus Mel King emerged as a surprise guest to deliver a message of to the youth of today's cities, urging them to help develop the transformative "technology of the heart."   The talk was captured here.

Nov 27, 2013. Posted by Phil Sunde

IDG began the 2013-2014 school year with a participatory budgeting process meant to increase student involvement in program group planning and financing. For students working in international contexts and committed to addressing issues of equity and governance, this offered an opportunity to experience and participate in an increasingly common practice in democratic deliberation and decision-making that many IDG students have encountered in their course of study.

Nov 25, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn
Nov 22, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The Association of American Geographers (AAG) has awarded the 2014 Distinguished Scholarship Honor to DUSP Professor Amy Glasmeier, "for her insightful and data-rich insights into the geographies of economic development and planning, for her research on patterns and trends in rural poverty in America, and for her outstanding efforts to understand and inform public policy..."  For more information, see the AAG News page.

Nov 21, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

What makes up a city? In the recent MIT course, In this Building: Multimedia and Place-based Storytelling, architecture and urban planning students became urban storytellers, learning how to uncover the personal side of everyday Boston storefronts and homes.

Nov 21, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

A newly published research report from MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) highlights the complexity of the issue. Produced in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects, the document examines an array of public health matters in eight major metropolitan areas in the United States, and suggests a wide array of possible remedies, from better mass transit to extensive tree-planting.

Nov 13, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Cassandria Campbell and Jackson Renshaw are opening a new food truck for Boston, but they won’t be parking it downtown. Fresh Food Generation will park in neighborhoods that haven’t yet enjoyed the rotating cuisine food trucks provide. Campbell, who is from Boston and graduated from the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has lived in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

Nov 05, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

An international design team consisting of the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism (US) and Dutch Delta Collective (NL) was charged by Shaun Donovan, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, with a study and design for the reconstruction and redevelopment of the northeast coastline of the United States, after the passage of hurricane Sandy in 2012. The team combines the cutting edge research and local knowledge of MIT and the best in water design and management from the Netherlands, such as De Urbanisten, Deltares, Volker Infra Design, ZUS and 75B.

Oct 28, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

The MIT School of Architecture + Planning has named Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America, winner of the 2013-2014 Kevin Lynch Award. The award is presented biannually for outstanding scholarship and practice in urban design, planning and landscape design.

Oct 24, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Xavier de Souza Briggs, associate professor of sociology and urban planning and associate department head of DUSP, has been appointed vice president of the Economic Opportunity and Assets program of the Ford Foundation. He will go on public service leave from MIT and start at Ford effective Jan. 1.

Oct 22, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

According to the New York Times, "Superpedestrian, a start-up in Boston, announced on Monday that it has received $2.1 million in financing to help build a wheel that transforms some standard bicycles into hybrid e-bikes."  The innovation behind the company's plans is the "Copenhagen Wheel," designed by DUSP's SENSEable City Lab.

Oct 17, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

President L. Rafael Reif has announced his intention to create an MIT Innovation Initiative, and has selected two faculty members to lead the effort.

In an email to the MIT community, Reif named Fiona Murray, the Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Vladimir Bulović, the Fariborz Maseeh Professor in Emerging Technology, to lead the MIT Innovation Initiative. He also named a 19-member Advisory Committee to assist Murray and Bulović in developing recommendations on next steps, including DUSP's own Assistant Professor Sarah Williams.

Oct 15, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

DUSP Lecturer Harvey Michaels was recently interviewed by the Association for Demand Resonse and Smart Grid.  In the Q&A, he makes the case that "we need creative, fact-based consensus-building on related aspects of Utility of the Future," including "decisions on paradigms for distribution infrastructure, regulatory models, and energy market design." 

Oct 02, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

DUSP Professor Joe Ferreira was featured on CNBC's "The Edge" in a segment featuring MIT's SMART/SimMobility project. 

Sep 20, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Based on the results of a competitive call for proposals, the City of Amsterdam' has announced that its new science institute -- the "Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions" -- is to be developed by collaboratively by MIT, Delft University and Wageningen University.  The group's proposal was "head and shoulders above the other short-listed entries," according to Robbert Dijkgraaf, chairman of the jury.  "Amsterdam will be getting something really new: a scientific institute of technology which will develop expertise in practical urban issues."

Sep 20, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Brent Ryan's 2011 article, "Reading Through a Plan," was recently named the "Best Paper" for 2011 from the editors of the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA).

Sep 18, 2013. Posted by Zenab Tavakoli

EPP alum Eric Mackres is doing some exciting work with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy!

Sep 17, 2013. Posted by Phil Sunde

Prof Rajagopal has an oped in the Tuesday, September 17th, issue of The India Express. In The Gritty Detail, he writes about sanitation issues in India and of the need for better sanitation policies to support the manual scavenging laws. The full article is available at the link.

 

 

Sep 13, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Nearly 1.3 billion people live without electricity in the developing world — contributing to other vital social challenges, such as a lack of food and water and adequate healthcare. Seeing the need for a more collaborative approach to confronting the developing world’s energy challenge, students at MIT have started a new group, called Energy for Human Development (or e4Dev).

Sep 04, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

We recently asked a number of alumni to share their reflections on the value of their DUSP education.  From time to time, we will feature their responses in this space.

Aug 29, 2013. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

Judy Layzer will be taking over as director of the MIT Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, a program supporting a multi-disciplinary research of environmental sustainability at the graduate level.  Martin Fellows are dedicated to a collaborative approach to the critical issues associated with environmental sustainability.

Aug 27, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Starting Fall 2013, Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at DUSP. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He studies travel behavior and transportation policy, public transit management, and China’s urbanization and mobility. He sees transportation as a language, to describe a person, to characterize a city, and to understand an institution.

Aug 21, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

An MIT team is providing new understanding of the growing interconnections among three critical resources: energy, water and food. The work focuses on Pakistan's Indus Basin, where irrigation water is increasingly pumped from underground, a practice that is intensifying a preexisting shortage of energy.

Aug 21, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

This fall, MIT will select an urban-design firm to help it develop and complete a design plan for the redevelopment of Institute-owned property in Kendall Square.

Aug 21, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

A paper entitled "A Review of Urban Computing for Mobile Phone Traces: Current Methods, Challenges and Opportunities," presented by DUSP's Shan Jiang was awarded the "Best Paper" award at the 2nd ACM SIGKDD International Workshop on Urban Computing (UrbComp 2013).  The paper was authored by three students (Jiang, Gaston Fiore, and Yingxiang Yang) with thier faculty advisors (Joseph Ferreira, Emilio Frazzoli, and Marta González). 

Aug 15, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

As part of a series on urbanization in China, Professor Tunney Lee was interviewed on China Radio International's "People in the Know" program. The discussion explores both positive and negative examples of urbanization, to highlight successful development models that China can emulate--and mistakes to avoid.  To learn more about the series, or to listen to the broadcast, visit the CRI English website.

Aug 06, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

We recently asked a number of alumni to share their reflections on the value of their DUSP education.  From time to time, we will feature their responses in this space.