Modeling Climate Adaptation in the Mekong Delta Region

Two MIT doctoral students in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning have received the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Scholarship for Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. Courtney Lesoon and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Yarina are the first awardees from MIT in more than a decade.

Undergraduate Research Across the School of Architecture and Planning

On Wednesday, December 8th 2021, undergraduate students from across the School of Architecture and Planning gathered to share their thesis proposals with the MIT community. For an hour, students shared posters and discussed their research with their peers, graduate students, staff, and faculty. The event was organized by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning's Cherie Abbanat and Tara Mohtadi. 

Learn more about individual students and their research below. You may click on individual student names to view their posters (when available).

Exploring the Possibilities of Virtual Storytelling

If storytelling was once confined to a single medium — a tale told, for instance, in the pages of a book — the past few decades have seen narratives spill into different platforms and media, spreading across everything from comic books to films to fan-created websites. Scholars such as Henry Jenkins called this “transmedia,” referring to the way a single fictional universe might expand into multiple formats in the digital age.

Economics Driving Migration in the Americas

A new report about migration, co-authored by MIT scholars, shows that economic distress is the main factor pushing migrants from Central America to the U.S. — and highlights the personal costs borne by people as they seek to move abroad.

Visualizing Cities

The rising tide of urban data is transforming the field of urban planning. Studies utilizing cell phone data, social network service data, sensors, and satellite imageries have opened up new avenues of inquiry to quantify the built environment and model formerly hidden human mobility dimensions. Despite the myriad ways to synthesize this newly available information through the lens of city planning, the act of shaping cities remains a political gesture often legitimized through the use of data.