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The advent of autonomous-vehicle (AV) technology promises to upend urban mobility and transportation policy. Yet this technology, as well as its possible social and...
Cities of a Warming North
This project seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities facing small- to mid-sized cities in traditionally colder climates as they adapt to new migration & economic...
Climate and Real Estate Hub
The real estate sector is responsible for 40% of all carbon emissions globally. At the same time, with the built environment at risk to fire, flooding, hurricane, extreme heat...
Climate Crisis and Real Estate: Science-based Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies
This project employs a data-driven empirical approach to unpack the behavioral and economic mechanisms in the climate change and real estate dynamics, to provide scientific...
Climate Planning Forum
An initiative by DUSP Students & Fellows: to ensure our planet remains habitable, multiple disciplines must come together with a coherent approach for managing change. The...
Documenting and Evaluating the Resettlement Planning of Isle de Jean Charles
Can we use cars to follow dust events? In this project, the team works with a local mining community in Sparwood, British Columbia to deploy a drive-by sensing platform to map...
Effects of Climate Change Related Disasters on Low-Income Renters
This research focuses on the impacts of climate change related disasters, particularly on low-income renters. This research seeks to understand how these acute events effect...
Electricity Market Institutions and Governance
This book project focuses on new and emerging alternatives for users of the electric grid to participate in and govern this system. For much of its history, the electric grid...
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...
GTFS toolbox for ArcGIS Pro
The City Form Lab has released a free and open-source GIS toolbox for ArcGIS Pro for computing spatial accessibility via public transport using GTFS data. The toolbox computes...
Healthy Neighborhoods Study
The Healthy Neighborhoods Study (HNS), based in Boston, is the largest resident-driven, participatory action research project in the US about neighborhood change processes...
Indigenous Community Planning
The Indigenous Community Planning project in DUSP is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching effort that seeks to center Indigeneity within the field of urban planning...
Industrial Urbanism: Places of Production
INDUSTRIAL URBANISM suggests that economics-driven frameworks of industry be extended into an analysis that includes the physical environment and city-building. Such a...
Land Use of Transportation
In this project (joint with Lyndsey Rolheiser of Ryerson University), we develop a theoretical understanding of transportation modes centered around the land used by the...
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...
Mobility in the 15-Minute City
The project uses large scale urban mobility data sets derived by cell phone data to quantify to what extent US cities are conforming to the 15-min city vision, according to...
Next Optimized Generation of Autonomous Suburbs (NOGAS)
Autonomous driving (AD) and other automation technologies are rapidly approaching the market and could alter practically every structural aspect of household life established...
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...
Pedestrian Impact Assessment
This project builds a high-resolution model of pedestrian activity within a city, offering a novel framework to evaluate how planned urban development projects or public space...
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 the Climate Crisis: Institutions, Power and Global Governance
This project takes a political economy approach to climate change, enabling an explicit focus on institutions, power and global governance. It centers on three interrelated...
Public Transportation Management and Policy
A robust public transit network is an integral part of an urban transportation system. The joint JTL-Transit Lab merges behavioral science and systems engineering to determine...
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...
Restoring Metro Boston Transit Ridership
This project seeks to understand transit ridership declines as a result of COVID-19 and identify interventions that will be most effective in restoring ridership in Metro...
Roboat imagines a future where autonomous waterborne platforms can serve as on-demand urban infrastructure. Working at the intersection of robotics, urban design, and...
Shrinking Cities in Northeast China and the Rust Belt US: A transnational comparison
This project, a collaboration between Professor Brent D. Ryan of MIT, Professor Shuqi Gao of Southeast University, Nanjing, China, and Professor Ying Long of Tsinghua...
Spatial Equity NYC
Spatial equity is a way to understand how public space is distributed and restricted, used and made unusable, and the different outcomes that result for different communities...
Around three and a half billion people live in cities today and approximately five billion people are projected to live in cities by 2030. Though world's cities occupy just...
The Consumed City
Once the heart of a powerful maritime republic, Venice’s historic city has lost more than 120,000 residents since the early 1950s, driven away by myriad issues, including...
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 Potential for Private Irrigation in Senegal
Throughout the developing world, the dissemination of irrigation equipment can help farmers mitigate a principle risk of agricultural production: variable rainfall. This risk...
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...
Transit Access: Improving Walking and Biking to Commuter Rail Stations in Greater Boston
Pedestrian- and bicycle path-choice studies have shown that people's perception of distance can substantially differ from objectively measured distance. For instance, walking...
Transit-Centric Smart Mobility System for High-Growth Urban Activity Centers: Improving Energy Efficiency through Machine Learning
A US Department of Energy sponsored project with teams from Northeastern University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Chicago Transit Authority, and MIT. The MIT...
West Philadelphia Landscape Project
Since 1987, the West Philadelphia Landscape Project (WPLP) has worked in the Mill Creek watershed and neighborhood. Our mission is to restore nature and rebuild community...