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Social circles
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, February 26, 2015
If you live in a city, you know that a fair amount of your movement around town is social in nature. But how much, exactly? A new study co-authored by MIT researchers uses a novel method to infer that around one-fifth of urban movement is strictly social, a finding that holds up consistently in mult...
Telling stories using computer science
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, January 21, 2015
For MIT senior Shannon Kao, expert storytelling is essential, even - if not especially - when it comes to coding. The computer science major relies on narrative everywhere from her science fiction writing to her research on educational computer games at the MIT Media Lab - and it all stems from a ch...
MIT-USAID program releases pioneering evaluation of solar lanterns
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, January 20, 2015
When a person lives on less than $2 a day - as some 2.7 billion people around the world do - there isn't room for a product like a solar lantern or a water filter to fail. It's a challenge development agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and consumers themselves face every day: With so many prod...
$118M gift from MIT alumnus will advance socially responsible and sustainable real estate development
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, January 08, 2015
MIT has received one of the largest gifts in its history, from alumnus Samuel Tak Lee '62, SM '64, to establish a real estate entrepreneurship lab that will promote social responsibility among entrepreneurs and academics in the real estate profession worldwide, with a particular focus on China. The ...
City Digits project puts civic data in the hands of high school students
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, December 03, 2014
Where are New York State Lottery tickets sold? Which communities purchase the most tickets as a percentage of per capita income? How much do people win, and is it worth it to play if you're limited in how much you can pay? These are questions that can only be answered through an intensive data colle...
Resilient places
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, November 14, 2014
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...
?Neither here nor there
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, November 14, 2014
Population displacement is a global problem, one that historically has been insufficiently quantified and analyzed, especially given its wide-ranging effects. Displacement can result from a number of factors, including armed conflicts, natural disasters, medium- and large-scale development projects,...
New way to predict how traffic will flow
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, November 06, 2014
A reliable way of predicting the flow of traffic could be a great convenience for commuters, as well as a significant energy-saver. During an emergency evacuation following a natural disaster, reliable predictions of the best routes could even be a lifesaver. Now a team of researchers from MIT, the ...
Will the new industrial city work?
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, October 29, 2014
The renewal of manufacturing is not an abstract economic issue: It is very much an urban issue. American manufacturing, for instance, rose in cities, and those cities grew around industries from automakers to steelmakers to textiles. Today, with innovation-based manufacturers helping to spur a reviv...
Hashim Sarkis named dean of the School of Architecture and Planning
MIT News - Urban Studies and Planning, October 22, 2014
Hashim Sarkis - a prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, a practicing architect whose works have been built in the United States and the Middle East, and a leading expert on design in the Middle East - has been named the new dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), effectiv...
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