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Nov 17, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Please join us in congratulating Maggie Dunne (MCP candidate '19) on her participation in the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Illinois (October 31st through November 1st). On a panel comprised of young female leaders and activists - facilitated by Michelle Obama's former Chief of Staff, Tina Tchen - Dunne spoke to her experiences empowering women and girls through her nonprofit organization, Lakota Children's Enrichment, Inc. (LCE).

Nov 15, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

How is visiting Artist B. Stephen Carpenter II leveraging the reflective production of art to examine and challenge issues of access, privilege, and the global water crisis?

During the fall semester, Carpenter, the Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology (CAST, Arts at MIT), was invited to MIT by DUSP's Lawrence Susskind, to explore different perspectives through examining issues of access, privilege and the global water crisis.

Nov 14, 2017. Posted by Ezra Haber Glenn

Martin Rein, professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1970 until his retirement in 2011, died Oct. 15 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Rein was 89.

Rein was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Eastern European immigrants. After graduating from Brooklyn College in 1950, he got his first job as a social worker with street gangs, which triggered his lifelong interest in writing and doing research on poverty, social planning and reform, and the social work profession.

Nov 09, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Joseph F. Coughlin, director of the MIT AgeLab and Senior Lecturer at DUSP, wants us to challenge the social constructions we employ to frame the elderly, specifically because it constrains how we live after middle age and limits thinking of how to best serve a growing demographic of our population.

Nov 08, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

The School of Architecture and Planning has announced that 10 faculty members have been recognized with promotions.

In addition, five new professors have joined the school in the Department of Architecture, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Program in Media Arts and Sciences. Their research ranges from architectural history to disaster resilience to the design of prosthetics.

Nov 03, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Bruno Verdini, a recent MIT PhD graduate in “Negotiation, Communication, Diplomacy, and Leadership,” teaches the popular undergraduate course 11.011, the Art and Science of Negotiation, with an eye for equipping his students with the tools to grapple with complex negotiations in leadership positions. By focusing on the a personal relationship, development of people skills, and giving students the ability to showcase their non-technical talents, Verdini allows students to see how talented they are in the field of negotiation.

Oct 31, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Just off the shore of Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Country Gardens Holdings Ltd., one of China’s largest real estate developers, is in the process of building a massive mixed-use project called Forest City. Possible environmental, social, and economic impacts of the project have generated substantial controversy both within Malaysia and internationally.

Oct 30, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Whether recent or venerable, DUSP Alumni continue to build on the culture of innovation and interdisciplinary knowledge creation – and the democratic dissemination of that knowledge to address the world’s most pressing issues — imbued in their education at MIT and DUSP. As an example of this legacy of commitment to applying advanced analysis and design to understand and solve pressing problems, we are pleased to present a selection of recent publications from DUSP alumni.

Oct 29, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

On Friday, October 20th, DUSP doctoral candidate, John Arroyo, gave a keynote speech titled “The Power of Latino Leadership, Contribution, and Culture” at a Hispanic Heritage Month awards ceremony at Breed Middle School in Lynn, Massachusetts. The event was sponsored by the Spanish National Junior Honors Society (Chapter: Rigoberta Menchú Nobel Peace Prize) and AATSP American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Lynn Public Schools, and the Latina Center Maria (League of United Latin American Citizens, LULAC, Massachusetts affiliate).

Oct 26, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Projects by School of Architecture and Planning faculty, researchers, and alumni explore the exhibition's theme of “Imminent Commons.”

Responding to the theme of “Imminent Commons,” a diverse contingent of MIT faculty, researchers, and alumni from the School of Architecture and Planning are participating in the first Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, which is being held from Sept. 2 through Nov. 5.

To learn more, read the full MIT News Story

Oct 17, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

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.

Oct 10, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

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.

Oct 02, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

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.

Sep 27, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

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. 

Sep 24, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

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.

Sep 22, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

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.

Sep 21, 2017. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

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

Sep 20, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

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

Sep 18, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

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.

Sep 15, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

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

Sep 14, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

As the world continues to set higher targets for clean energy production, how do urban regions, who were previously world leaders in extractive based energy production, such as coal, reclaim their landscapes while simultaneously transitioning to new energy and economic paradigms?

Sep 13, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

In the wake of the hurricanes in the Gulf and Florida, as well as the massive wildfires raging through the West Coast, Americans will be dealing with the aftermath, both economically and socially, of these natural disasters for decades to come. In a new article on Five Thirty Eight, Maggie Koerth-Baker, highlights the work of DUSP’s Mariana Arcaya, to emphasize that the health impacts of major natural disasters persist beyond the immediate event, sometimes for decades to come.

Sep 11, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

By Chaewon Ahn

The Ghost Cities project is introduced at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism as part of the “Commoning Cities” exhibition. The exhibition opened in September 2nd at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul, and will continue until November 5th.

Sep 08, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

In a new article entitled ‘Sharing Economies: Moving beyond Binaries in a Digital Age’ in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Janelle Knox-Hayes, Anna Davies (Trinity College), Betsy Donald (Queen’s University), and Mia Gray (University of Cambridge) explore the benefits of building a lexicon for describing and understanding diverse sharing economies.

Sep 05, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

As we continue to invest and rely upon interconnected, smart devices (the Internet of Things), are we providing gateways to disable or attack entire smart cities of the future?

Sep 01, 2017. Posted by Ezra Haber Glenn

Flying through Texas last weekend on his way to a workshop in Mexico, Brent Ryan found himself stranded at a hotel near Houston’s Bush International Airport as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic flooding. An associate professor of urban design and planning at MIT, Ryan and two of his graduate students watched the waters rise and considered the implications of the disaster unfolding around them.

Sep 01, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

DUSP's Brent Ryan, Fadi Masoud (University of Toronto), and the MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism are seeking to explore this relationship via an innovative approach to traditional case study models.

Aug 25, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

In a new place-based study, DUSP's Siqi Zheng, Weizeng Sun (Jinan University), Jianfeng Wu (Fudan University), and Mathew Kahn (USC Economics Department), measure and analyze the spillover effects of 110 industrial parks built near eight major cities in China, focusing on the changes in productivity, wages, and localized employment in the urban areas.

To learn more about the study, read the MIT News article here:

Aug 22, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Scrapes of food account for 22 percent of municipal solid waste deposited in landfills or incinerators in the U.S., diverting that waste into composting and soil enrichment programs could have a significant effect on our environment.

Aug 17, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, operates in over 160 countries. Recipients of Fulbright awards represent excellent achievements in their academic and professional lives as well as demonstrated ability and leadership potential in their roles as cultural ambassadors.

Ms. Gordon will conduct her research in the Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, and Guizhou provinces. She will be studying how governmental policies affect climate change adaptation in China.

Aug 14, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

By Yasmin Zaerpoor

For the seventh year, MIT Professor Lawrence Susskind and Tufts Professor Shafiqul Islam hosted an international week-long Water Diplomacy Workshop for water professionals in Boston. This year’s event was hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT provided wonderful teaching space for this year’s workshop.

Aug 01, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

While the relationship between neighborhood effects on health are widely supported by current research, but what do we know about how does health selection into neighborhoods affect the observed link between place and health?

In an article in Preventive Medicine Reports, DUSP's Mariana Arcaya, as well as, Ruth Coleman (Oxford), Fahad Rzazk (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael's Hospital), Maria Alva (RTI International), and Rury Holman (Oxford), explore what hidden factors may be informing the connection between where we live and the health outcomes.

Jul 31, 2017. Posted by Ezra Haber Glenn

Each year, 20 promising environmental leaders are selected by their academic institution or environmental experts to be named as the year's Switzer Fellows.  In 2017, this select group included two DUSP students: Adam Hasz and Doug McPherson:

Jul 26, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Why has displacement become a key academic theme, is the academic displacement literature useful for understanding the phenomena, and is displacement best conceptualized as global, local, or in a comparative context?

In a new virtual symposium, New Directions in Displacement Research, initiated by Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal and co-edited by Sai Balakrishnan, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Nicholas Blomley, Simon Fraser University, leading scholars engage with these questions and more to generate reflections on the field and deepen our understanding of displacement.

Jul 24, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

One of the leading causes of water pollution is runoff from continued urbanization and aging urban infrastructure. Two new technologies, green and smart infrastructure systems, are often proposed to improve stormwater management. DUSP’s Dr. Ting Meng and Professor David Hsu, with Professor Bridget Wadzuk from Villanova University, examine the perspectives of local agency officials in Pennsylvania to better understand the perceived advantages and disadvantages of these proposed technologies, and to suggest how to overcome barriers to adoption.

Jul 17, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Buildings are responsible for about 40% of primary energy consumption and one-third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. As part of energy efficiency efforts, governments increasingly require building owners to measure and disclose their energy use, but do these policies themselves affect energy consumption? In a new article for Energy, DUSP’s Dr. Ting Meng and Professor David Hsu and the University of Calgary's Dr.

Jul 10, 2017. Posted by Ezra Haber Glenn

As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Jessica Myers MCP ’17 threw herself into writing a thesis on urban food markets in New Orleans. After many months of work, however, she was disappointed to see it filed away, virtually unread. For her graduate thesis in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), she was determined to resist that fate.

Jul 10, 2017. Posted by Ezra Haber Glenn

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments relating to President Donald Trump's recent executive order on travel, which limits individuals from six majority-Musliim countries and refugees worldwide from entering the United States. The court also ruled to uphold a limited version of the travel ban, which went into effect on June 29. President Trump cited this as “a clear victory for our national security.”

Jun 05, 2017. Posted by Takeo Kuwabara

Arcaya will examine how the emergence of revolutionary health care technology, the evolution of socioeconomic status through the influence of new technologies and ideologies, the shifting inequity in access to health insurance, disparate levels of environmental exposures, and the public health effects of climate change, threaten to accelerate and intensify inequalities in public health in the United States.

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