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MIT students, alumni awarded 2013 Fulbright grants
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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...
An entrepreneur aims to work in Africa
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 8 hours ago
On the long, bumpy drive to her grandmother's house in Accra, Ghana, seven-year-old Sarah Dimson began to notice some stark disparities between her home in Norman, Okla., and the country of her parents' birth. The car hit pothole after pothole, and the lights in her grandmother's home didn't come on...
Alumni honor seminal SA+P course
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 8 hours ago
In May, a group of 40-50 alumni from the School of Architecture + Planning assembled at MIT from as far away as Europe and Asia to attend the last session of Julian Beinart's class on the Theory of City Form, a class he'd taught since 1977.Initiated by alumnus Isaac Manning (SMArchS' 90) - president...
Energy and the developing world
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 8 hours ago
Nearly 1.3 billion people live without electricity in the developing world - contributing to other vital social challenges, such as a lack of food and water and adequate healthcare. Seeing the need for a more collaborative approach to confronting the developing world's energy challenge, students at ...
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