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Social media's `law' of short messages
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
In the last year or two, you may have had some moments - during elections, sporting events, or weather incidents - when you found yourself sending out a flurry of messages on social media sites such as Twitter. You are not alone, of course: Such events generate a huge volume of social-media activity...
Conference to explore new approaches to urban infrastructure
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
On April 10-11, the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) will bring together political leaders, infrastructural engineers, design professionals, and academics to explore how to shape sustainable infrastructural futures for cities around the world. Keynote speaker for the 2014 Scaling Infrastructur...
MIT responds to Typhoon Haiyan
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
On Nov. 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. Winds reaching nearly 200 mph battered the city of Tacloban and the surrounding areas, creating 16-foot waves that swept away homes, people, and livelihoods. It quickly became the country's deadliest natural disaster on record: More t...
Beneath the skyline
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
Cities face much of the burden of preparing for global changes - whether climate shocks, rapid population growth, or population decline, when industries relocate. Beneath every skyline, a city's leaders and residents must judge how much infrastructure they will need to move people around, resis...
A new approach to development in Latin America
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
Alba Medina Flores, a graduate student studying real estate development in the MIT Center for Real Estate, is putting together a business plan to challenge the traditional approach to real estate development in Latin America - which focuses primarily on short-term profits with little consideration f...
Barriers to opportunity
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
How much does your neighborhood determine your life chances? Sociologist and urban planner Xavier de Souza Briggs recently completed a 20-year social experiment on ghetto poverty that asked: If people in high-poverty, high-risk areas of the inner city moved to low-poverty areas, would their lives ch...
Global survey: Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
An increasing number of cities around the world now include preparations for climate change in their basic urban planning - but only a small portion of them have been able to make such plans part of their economic development priorities, according to a unique global survey of cities released today. ...
Resilient places
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
San Francisco was nearly wiped off the map by earthquake and fire in 1906, yet residents seized on the disaster as an opportunity to rebuild and expand. Warsaw lost 85 percent of all its structures in World War II, but today it is Poland's largest city. Even nuclear devastation could not eradicate H...
Bringing fresh fare to an urban food desert
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
In February, a 60,000-square-foot grocery in New Orleans'' Broad Street neighborhood, vacant since Hurricane Katrina, reopened its doors as a mixed-use community ''fresh food hub'' including fresh and affordable groceries, commercial kitchens for school meal providers, and retail and office space. A...
The eye is a door
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, 11 hours ago
A new exhibit at the Smith College Museum of Art showcases the work of Anne Whiston Spirn, professor of landscape architecture and planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. "The Eye Is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn," is the first major exhibition to explore how ...
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