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Advancing Infrastructure Equity in Brazil
In São Paulo, occupied high-rise buildings in the city center represent one of the starkest pictures of how infrastructural equity evades vulnerable residents even within...
Anti-Gentrification Planning in Post-Industrial Woodstock, Cape Town, S.A.
South African cities bear the scars of racial segregation. Central business districts (CBDs) and inner-city neighborhoods were contested spaces that witnessed mass evictions...
Audit the Streets
Auditing the heritage landscape of cities to highlight the disparities and gaps in commemoration practices. The "heritage landscape" of a city is the collection of street...
Center for Constructive Communication
Our mission is to design human-machine systems that improve communication across divides and increase opportunity for underheard communities. Political, media and...
Cybersecurity for Critical Urban Infrastructure
When considering cyber defenses, security professionals and critical infrastructure operators immediately think about technical solutions such as intrusion detection systems...
Data Against Feminicide
Data Against Feminicide is a feminist participatory action research project led by Catherine D’Ignazio (Data + Feminism Lab @ MIT), Silvana Fumega (ILDA) and Helena Suárez Val...
Disability Justice and Planning
Ableism, the discrimination and social prejudice faced by people with disabilities, is rampant1 across urban planning, architecture, real estate, and other design fields and...
Economic nationalism has returned to the fore of scholarly and policy debates. The concept took on renewed significance in the wake of the global financial crisis as countries...
Emergency Medical Services and Health Equity
The vision for this project is to identify, from the experiences of those on the frontline of health care in low-income communities, how to improve health equity, first by...
Enhancing Urban Water Affordability
Urban households across the United States—and the water departments that serve them—are under tremendous financial pressure to maintain access to safe drinking water...
Nearly one billion people live in informal settlements worldwide. In Brazil, these settlements are known as favelas, and they are characterized by a dense and complex urban...
Numerous taboo topics relate to women's bodies: sexual assault, breastfeeding, postpartum support, infant mortality, menstruation, miscarriage, abortion and more. Stigma and...
Furthering Fair Housing
The Furthering Fair Housing project is gathering and analyzing the Assessments of Fair Housing created by municipalities across the country created in response to the 2015...
Hack the Archive
A vanguard generation of progressive activists is approaching advanced age just as many of their 1960s era defining battles are taking on renewed political urgency. These...
Health Impact Assessment Program Development
The social and built environments in which we live have profound impacts on our health. Health Impact Assessment is a tool to help gauge the potential ramifications proposed...
Hidden Successes: Good Performance in the Public Sector
Published literature in planning shows a strong bias against public entities. This dates back to the early 1980s when the attack on public sector was started by neoclassical...
Living Heritage Atlas | Beirut
Living Heritage Atlas | Beirut is a design-based research project that contributes to the urban planning discussion on Beirut's heritage by rendering visible the often...
Main Street After COVID-19
There has been a fair amount of research on what can help downtowns weather this pandemic in the short term. Financial assistance and thoughtful balancing of public health and...
Malden River Works
The objective of the Malden River Works project is to bring together a new coalition of community leaders of color, environmental advocates, and government stakeholders in...
Mens, Manus and Machina (M3S)
The Singapore MIT-Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, has launched a new interdisciplinary research group aimed at tackling...
More Equitable Local Tax Structures
Image credit: Alex S. MacLean for MIT Community Only Economic recovery in distressed U.S. cities requires faster capital formation and financial relief for poor households...
Operationalizing a Civilian Climate Corps
DUSP and Arch have been working on a vision for a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) and how it can specifically be linked to design, planning and policy. The objectives are to help...
Planning for Peace
Launched in the summer of 2020 as part of the SA+P student research funding initiative: Planning for Peace employed five students in the Departments of Architecture and...
Planning Ideas that Matter Podcast
The first season of DUSP's Planning Ideas that Matter Podcast, hosted by Dave Lishansky and Takeo Kuwabara, builds upon the Fall 2017 faculty debates on the field and concept...
Political Economy of Global Health Markets
Real Talk for Change
We believe that a better, more equitable Boston will be built when the city understands and listens to its historically underheard people. Surveys and opinion polls of “likely...
Renewable Energy Siting Clinic
Meeting U.S. decarbonization goals necessitates a rapid transition to renewable energy. Understanding sources of local resistance and transforming the facility siting process...
See You in the Future
See You in the Future is a storytelling project that lifts up the communities of the "Mass. and Cass" intersection in Boston, MA. Like any community, this intersection is a...
The Equitably Resilient City
This book project presents a framework for simultaneously making cities more equitable and more resilient to environmental hazards. Our model of the equitably resilient city...
The Global Rise of Platform Firms in Urban Mobility Markets
This research addresses one of the most pressing issues in contemporary market society: the controversial rise of the platform economy. Digital platform are radically...
The Public Interest Technologist
MIT is part of the 66 university Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN). Professor Larry Susskind is MIT's official representative to the Network. We are...
The Social and Legal Dimensions of Evictions
The goal of this project is to better understand the dynamics of eviction in order to more effectively design policy solutions and more appropriately target legal...
We Who Engage
We Who Engage is a project facilitating conversations and action around greater civic engagement in our democracy. Dr McDowell has developed a Civic Design Framework that...
Workers' Paradise: The Forgotten Communities of World War I
This project concerns revealing and documenting the rapidly vanishing, unique, and scarcely known housing projects and neighborhoods that were designed and constructed all...