MIT students win twice in White House competition
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
For the second year in a row, a team of MIT students - including two this year from the MIT School of Architecture + Planning - have won double awards in the Better Buildings Case Competition conducted at the White House by the U.S. Department of Energy. In support of President Obama''s goal of cutt...
Are we purging the poorest?
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
In cities across America over the last two decades, high-rise public-housing projects, riddled with crime and poverty, have been torn down. In their places, developers have constructed lower-rise, mixed-use buildings. Crime has dropped, neighborhoods have gentrified, and many observers have lauded t...
The new challenges for urban planners
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
In a talk at MIT on Tuesday, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan called for a new wave of creative urban planning to help cities evolve during a time of economic hardship. "The role of the urban planner today is more important than it was 25 or 50 or 80 years ago," Donovan sa...
MIT students, alumni awarded 2013 Fulbright grants
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
Several MIT undergraduate and graduate students and alumni - Noam Angrist, Marvin Arnold, Dorothy Brown, Hyunjii (Justina) Cho, Deborah Hanus and Marisa Lau - have been awarded Fulbright study/research grants for the upcoming academic year. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educati...
Why innovation thrives in cities
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
In 2010, in the journal Nature, a pair of physicists at the Santa Fe Institute showed that when the population of a city doubles, economic productivity goes up by an average of 130 percent. Not only does total productivity increase with increased population, but so does per-capita productivity.In th...
Sneaking a peek at the new SimCity
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
In March of this year a new version of the enormously popular city-building simulation, SimCity, was introduced with a considerable amount of fanfare in the digital gaming world - an event of particular interest to the MIT School of Architecture + Planning for a number of reasons. For starters, of c...
Symposium takes on urban infrastructure challenges
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
This spring, the Center for Advanced Urbanism staged its first symposium - Infrastructural Monument: Infrastructure for the Long Haul - to consider how best to approach the challenge of replacing or reconstructing our urban infrastructure in ways that will address a widening range of urban problems....
Switching stances
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
For an MIT student, Alexis Sablone has an unusual web persona. The graduate student in architecture is prominent on ESPN's website - thanks to her accomplishments as a competitive skateboarder. A two-time gold medalist and two-time silver medalist at the X Games, Sablone has pursued skateboarding fo...
Quantifying cities' emotional effects
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
The "broken-windows theory," which was propounded by two Harvard University researchers in the early 1980s, holds that urban "disorder" - visible signs of neglect, such as broken windows - actually promotes crime, initiating a vicious feedback loop. The theory was the basis for former New York mayor...
Teaching urban development in the global South
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
The MIT School of Architecture + Planning has recently signed an agreement with Malaysia''s leading engineering and science school - the Universiti of Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) - to develop new materials to strengthen the teaching of sustainable city development in the global South and around the wor...
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