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IDG FACULTY ANNETTE KIM TALKS ON "BEYOND COMPARISON: THE CRITICAL GEOGRAPHIES OF URBAN THEORY" ON TUESDAY, MAY 1 @ 6PM IN 9-354UrbanTheoryPoster

You are invited to join the IDG at MIT DUSP and the Urban Theory Lab GSD to discuss theoretical and cross-disciplinary methodological approaches to comparative studies in the context of global urbanization in "Beyond Comparison: Critical Geographies of Urban Theory". On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in room 9-354. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Speakers:
Neil Brenner is a professor of Urban Theory in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard

Annette M Kim is Associate Professor of International Urban Development in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT

For more details contact Alpen Sheth @ alpen@mit.edu

 

DUSP/SPURS TALK ON STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING IN AFRICA ON MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 AT 12:00 PM IN THE STELLA RM (7-338)

SPURSLogoThe SPURS/Humphrey invite you to hear Peter Coolk, a former SPURS fellow, talk about Strategic Planning in Africa: the PIDA Project on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM in the Stella Rm (7-338).

 

As a Systems Analyst, Transportation Planner and Transport Economist, Peter Cook has worked primarily in developing countries over his 40 year professional career. His work has covered the areas of infrastructure planning, feasibility and planning studies, transport policy work and the design, implementation and application of a variety of GIS-based infrastructure decision-support systems. He has recently completed a continent-wide strategic planning exercise for Africa under the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). In the past Mr. Cook has developed performance-based planning and investment models both in the US and overseas for the water and transportation sectors. He has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and (after the Peace Corps) an M.B.A. from Harvard. He was also a SPURS fellow.

 

Please contact Xin Li xinli@mit.edu for more details.

 

URBANAFRICA @ MIT HOSTS A PANEL ON INSTITUTIONS, POLITICS AND LAND IN AFRICAN CITIES ON THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012UrbanAfrica

UrbanAfrica @ MIT invites you to a panel discussion on Institutions, Politics, and Land in African Cities with Ellen Bassett of Portland State University, Michael Hooper of Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and Garth Myers of Trinity College, and moderated by Balakrishnan Rajagopal of MIT's Dept of Urban Studies and Planning.

The talk will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 4:15pm in room 9-450.

Sponsored by the office of the Dean of Graduate Education, the International Development Group (IDG), and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).

 

 

A SHELTER STRATEGY FOR HAITI ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012SetchellPoster

This Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 5:30 please join the Special Interest Group for Urban Settlements (SIGUS) and the International Development Group (IDG) for a conversation with Charles Setchell, USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance:

 

“A Shelter Strategy for Haiti? Update on Post-Earthquake Shelter Recovery”
The talk will be in MIT room 9-520 at 5:30 pm.

 

Any questions can be directed to sigus@mit.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

DUSP/SPURS TALK ON THE CHALLENGES OF DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 AT 5:30 PM IN THE STELLA RM (7-338)

SPURSLogoThe SPURS/Humphrey in collaboration with the DUSP Student Council invite you to the Fifth meeting on the SPURS/Humphrey Discussion Series on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM in the Stella Rm (7-338). Wine, cheese and fruits will be served.

Moderator: Ofer Lerner, SPURS

Presentations:
- Democracy, is that replicable to every society? Examples from Pakistan - Amjad Ali, energy and infrastructure specialist, Pakistan
- The emergence of social urban movements in Poland – Are they capable of instituting a systematic change in local planning and governance? - Lukasz Pancewicz, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
- Making governance work for the poor – Innovation in poverty alleviation project in central India - Tasnim Khorakiwala, development practitioner, India
- Governing the city regions in China – Challenges and policies; the Hunan Case Study - Yongjian Xu, regional planner, Hunan Provincial Development and Reform Commission, China

Responders:
Karen R. Polenske, Peter de Florez Professor of Regional Political Economy
Ben Bradlow, MCP student
Eric Chu, PhD student

 

DUSP/SPURS TALK ON PLANNING TO PLAN MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN THE STELLAR RM (7-338)SPURSLogo

The SPURS/Humphrey programs invite you to hear John de Monchaux talk on Planning to Plan on Monday, March 12, 2012 from 12:15 in the Stella Rm (7-338).

 

Summary of the talk: How do you think about and design a forthcoming planning task: what are plans and knowing when one is called for; anticipating the issues that the plan will address, allocating human resources, and imagining processes, documents and commitments that are likely to lead to timely and effective plans.

 

deMonchauxSpeaker bio: John de Monchaux is Professor of Architecture and Planning Emeritus and former Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning (1981-1992). Prior to 1981, he was principal planner with Kinhill Pty. Ltd., a planning, design, and engineering firm in Australia. He was previously a principal in the Llewelyn-Davies firms of architects and planners in the United Kingdom and in the United States. He has done projects in Australia, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Canada, and the United States, including a major program for slum upgrading and new sites and services housing in the Philippines. He is also the Founding Chairman of the Boston Civic Design Commission 1988- 1992. From 1992 to 1996, he served as the General Manager (part-time) of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a foundation based in Geneva concerned with the quality of architecture and human opportunity in the Muslim world.

 

Please contact Xin Li xinli@mit.edu for more details.

 

DUSP/SPURS TALK ON CHANGING THE WORLD ONE BOTTLE AT A TIME MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN THE STELLAR RM (7-338)SPURSLogo

The SPURS/Humphrey programs invite you to a seminar on bringing solar power to the poor in the developing world titled "Changing the World One Bottle at a Time" by Illac Diaz on Monday, March 5, 2012 from 12:15 in the Stella Rm (7-338).

 

Summary of the talk: In Manila’s poorest districts, a revolution in zero-energy grassroots lighting is taking place. Beginning with one solar bottle light in April 2011, the program of MyShelter Foundation has now installed more than 15,000 solar bulbs in 20 cities around the country saving already millions of pesos to the beneficiary with savings off their electricity bills. The best part is the foundation produces very little of the production of the bulbs as its made in the community, by the community themselves out of waste that is normally thrown away.

 

Bio of the speaker: Illac Diaz is a social entrepreneur working in the ASEAN region empowering communities through the use of sustainable construction and appropriate technologies. Through the MyShelter Foundation, several pioneering programs in the country in rammed earth, bamboo, and PET plastic bottle construction. www.ALiterOfLight.org

 

Please contact Xin Li xinli@mit.edu for more details.

 

DUSP/SPURS TALK ON PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS AS A SOURCE OF INSTITUTIONAL ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN THE STELLAR RM (7-338)

SPURSLogoThe SPURS/Humphrey programs invite you to a seminar on "Professional Networks as Sources of Institutional Innovation: Reforming Health and social Assistance in São Paulo, Brazil (1990-2008)" by Dr. Peter Houtzager, a Visiting Professor in IDG, on Monday, February 27, 2012 from 12:15 in the Stella Rm (7-338).

Peter P. Houtzager's current research explores how varied social networks permeate political institutions and government agencies in the cities of Delhi and São Paulo, and shape the public services available to the urban poor. He designs professional training courses and is developing a 22-day mixed-methods research course for mid-career African faculty and researchers. Houtzager has a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.Rm (7-338)

Please contact Xin Li xinli@mit.edu for more details.

 

DUSP/SPURS TALK ON BUILDING THE CONTEMPORARY PLANNING SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 AT 12:15 PM IN RM 9-450B

SPURSLogoThe SPURS/Humphrey programs invite you to a seminar on "Building the Contemporary Planning School: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe" by Piotr Lorens, a former SPURS Fellow, on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM in Rm 9-450B.

Piotr Lorens, PhD., DSc., is an Architect. He is Head of the Department of Urban Design and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Gdansk University of Technology, and Vice President, International Society of City and Regional Planners. Between 1996 and 1997, he was a Visiting Scholar and SPURS Fellow at DUSP. He has been involved in teaching and research projects throughout Europe. He has written and edited a number of volumes dealing with contemporary problems of urban design, development and management processes. At present, Piotr is a manager of a large-scale project aiming at developing new tracks of planning education, including graduate and post-graduate ones, at his home university. His professional interests focus on issues in urban regeneration, with special attention on planning and management of this process.

Please contact Xin Li xinli@mit.edu for more details.

 

PLANNING AND PARTICIPATION IN NON-WESTERN COMMUNITIES ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 AT 5:30 PM IN RM 9-450B

SPURSLogoAccountability in planning processes in Indonesia – how to guarantee transparency?
Widya Anggraini, policy analyst, Tulungagung Planning and Development Agency, Indonesia

Linking public participation and government urban planning in Mexico – is it realistic?
Margarita Angeles Gonzalez, urban planner, Mexico

When a gay guy from Tel-Aviv is planning with Bedouin communities in Israel – what dilemmas does he face?
Ofer Lerner, urban Planner, Israel

Moderator: Tamer Al-Assad

Responders: Phillip J. Thompson, Associate Professor of Urban Politics

Kian Goh, PhD student

Omar Masud, PhD student

 

Wednesday, February 15, 5:30 PM in 9-450B

Wine, cheese and fruits will be served.

 

DUSP/SPURS TALK BY DUSP ALUM SALO COSLOVSKY ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM IN THE STELLAR ROOM

SPURSLogoDUSP alum Salo Coslovsky will be speaking in the SPURS speaker series on "The Regulatory Advantage: How Prosecutors Enforce Labor and Environmental Laws in Brazil" on Monday, February 13, 2012 in the Stella Room (7-338) at 12:15 PM.

Salo Coslovsky is an Assistant Professor of International Development at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. His work bridges international development, legal sociology and organizational behavior and asks how developing countries can promote sustainable and equitable growth even when subjected to intense global competition. Methodologically, Coslovsky is interested in neglected or overlooked episodes of economic development that reveal how countries and regions can thrive even in the absence of so-called pre-requisites for growth. Salo Coslovsky has an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT.

Contact Dr. Xin Li at xinli@mit.edu for more information.

 

DUSP IDG FACULTY, ANNETTE KIM, TO PRESENT ON URBAN PLANNING + ART PRACTICE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 AT 12:30 PM IN RM. 9-450

DUSP IDG Faculty, Annette Kim, to present at the DUSP Sidewalk Laboratory (SLAB) and RISD D+M's Experimental Geographies Research Cluster for an open lecture and discussion. Dr. Kim will be presenting on "Urban Practice + Art Practice?" on Wenesday, Novermber 30 at 12:30 PM in Rm. 9-450.

KimFlyer

 

"DUSP CABARET: A FUNDRAISER FOR THE HORN OF AFRICA"
Wednesday, Novemer 16, 2011, 6:00 PM, Room Bartos Theater (Old Media Lab)

CharlesDUSP will have a night of talent to raise funds for the people suffering from famine in the Horn of Africa. Proceeds will be donated to CARE, a charity working there. Requested donations are $5 and according to the CARE web-site, $450 can provide water for 50 people for a month. If you attend, we can raise reach this goal!

Please contact Keren Charles, MCP'12 IDG, at kerencc@mit.edu if you would like to perform or bring a dessert. Cabaret_Poster.

DUSP_Cabaret

 

"INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE CITY-REGION: WHAT DO WE KNOW AND WHAT DO WE NEED TO LEARN?"
Monday, November 7, 2011, 6:00 PM, Room 14-633 (MIT Media Lab)

RajagopalSeeking to challenge conventional wisdom, this panel explores the most important, least understood questions in the realm of transnational change and development.

The following cross-cutting questions are posed: What is the role of cities in international migration? If cities can lead rather than just react, how? Where is the attention of engaged scholars needed most? How will global migration, rapid urbanization, and more diverse urban populations affect the capacity of urban regions to offer their residents access to economic opportunity in an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and resilient way? And on what policy and design decisions will those effects depend most?

Moderator:
Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Law and Development; Director, MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice

Speakers:
- Devesh Kapur, Director, Centre for Advanced Study of India and Madan Lal Sobti Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, University of Pennsylvania
- Natasha Iskander, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, NYU Wagner
- Peggy Levitt, Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College

 

"IDG STUDENT DINNER"
Tuesday, Novemer 1, 2011, 7:00 PM, Room 7-338 (Stellar)
Broid

 

Daniel Broid, MCP'12 IDG, will lead the discussion on the Spring 2012 speaker series and the state of the IDG group.

 

 

"BRIDGING THE GAP: THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT: THE CASE OF MINING IN EL SALVADOR"
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 5:00 PM, Room 7-431 (AVT)
Pineda_Flyer

Francisco Pineda, environmentalist, community organizer and the latest recipient of the Goldman Environmental prize will be speak about the role of civil society in the protection of the environment. Mr. Pineda successfully rallied support from 26 communities around his hometown in El Salvador to halt progress in a gold mine that was threatening the livelihoods of the area. He will be joined by Sofia Vergara, Lead Organizer from Oxfam, to talk about his experience. For more details see the flyer: PinedaFlyer.

 

 

 

"BRIDGING THE GAP: THE CHALLENGES OF ACHIEVING BALANCED DEVELOPMENT IN PUERTO RICO SINCE 1940"
Monday, October 3, 2011, 5:00 PM, Room 32-155 (Stata)
Marvel_Flyer

Lucilla Fuller Marvel has more than 38 years of experience in urban and social planning, housing and community development in Puerto Rico. Through her consulting firm, Taller de Planificación Social, she has produced social and housing plans directly with many communities, private entities, foundations, and city and state governments, using a participatory planning approach. For more details see the flyer: MarvelFlyer.

 

A licensed planner, she received the Puerto Rico Planning Society Outstanding Professional Planner Award in 1997. Ms. Marvel was Professor of Social and Urban Planning at the Graduate School of Planning of the University of Puerto Rico from 1973 to 1984, and visiting professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Services of the University of Puerto Rico from 1980 to 1999.

 

This is being hosted by the IDG's Practitioner Series in 2011-12 and the MIT's Community Innovator's Lab (CoLab).

 

"10TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FAIR"
Friday, September 30, 2011, 1:00 PM, Room Stata "Street"
CharlesThe MIT International Development Network (IDN) will host the 10th Annual ID Fair. Students are invited to come out to learn more about the development projects and MIT and opportunities available for them to participate. Click here to learn more about it.

Keren Charles, MCP'12 IDG, will represent the IDG at the ID Fair. Click to see the IDG_Poster.

 

"BRIDGING THE GAP: INNOVATING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE TO WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONS OF THE URBAN POOR"
Thursday, September 22, 2011, Room 7-338 (Stella Room)
Weru_Flyer

Jane Weru, leading housing rights activist and low-income housing finance expert from Kenya, and the winner of the 2011 Rockerfeller Foundation Innovation Award will speak to us about the informal housing market in Nairobi Kenya and what her organization is doing to help the communities in need. For more details, see the flyer: JaneWeruPoster.

 

This is being hosted by the IDG's Practitioner Speaker Series in 2011-12, the Program on Human Rights & Justice, UrbanAfrica, and the Sloan Africa Business Club. It is the inaugural event of UrbanAfrica, a new group initiated this year by students interested in issues of African cities.

 

"9TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FAIR" FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010, 1:00 PM, STATA "STREET"The MIT CharlesInternational Development Network (IDN) will host the 9th Annual ID Fair. Students are invited to come out to learn more about the development projects and MIT and opportunities available for them to participate. Click here to learn more about it.

 

Keren Charles, MCP'12 IDG, will represent the IDG at the ID Fair.

 

FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIPS INFO SESSION ANNOUNCED

Friday April 3, 2009 from noon - 1:00 PM in Room 10-401
The Fulbright Fellowship covers travel and educational expenses for one year for advanced research, graduate study, language study or teaching in over 140 countries. At thi ssession, MIT Program Advisor for Distinguished Fellowships Kimberly Benard will detail how the Study Abroad and Distinguished Fellowships office at MIT can help you apply for this fellowship, which seems a tailor-made scholarship for DUSP students. Sponsored by the International Development Group (IDG) and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

 

CARTAGENA EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2009 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the DUSP
Stella Room (7-338)
The International Development Group at DUSP, invites you to the 2009 Spring semester international development dinner seminar series. Please join us to hear from students of the Cartagena Practicum about their valuable experience in Colombia. Reservations are required for dinner through mbp@mit.edu