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June 2014

What’s the Role of Race in the New Economy Movement?

April 2014

Sustainable Waste Management in Bluefields, Nicaragua

March 2014

From Digital Divide to Digital Equity

March 2014

IMT, MIT CoLab Help Cities Navigate Options for Financing Energy Upgrades

February 2014

Shifting the Social Field: Contemplation Compassion, and Collective Action

By Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer MIT, Founding chair, Presencing Institute for The Huffington Post

February 2014

Sri Lanka's First Expressway Is Making the Country Feel Tiny

CoLab Radio contributor Nushelle de Silva's series highlighted in news announcement from the Smithsonian.

By Mary Beth Griggs for SMITHSONIANMAG.COM


February 2014

"CoLab View" noted in the Winter 2014 Issue of MIT's Spectrum Magazine: The Future Is Cities

January 2014

Citizenship and Governance for a Five Thousand Pound Life

By Dayna Cunningham for The Architectural League of New York


January 2014

MIT Student, Sofia Campos, Recognized as One of the Top Ten Latinos to Watch in 2014

By Celeste Rodas de Juárez, for MSN Latino


December 2013

CoLab's Libby McDonald Profiled on the MIT Sloan School of Management's Sustainability Initiative Web Site

November 2013

Urban Planners Capture City Stories

October 2013

These Goofy Photos Show That No Matter Where You Go, You'll Find Chairs On The Street

September 2013

MIT CoLab Research Affiliate, Ernest English, selected as one of Boston's top young innovators

September 2013

CoLab Radio Bloggers' Story Featured in The New Yorker magazine

August 2013

MIF and MIT fighting the trash crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean

August 2013

Follow the Dream(ers) to Humane Immigration Reform

By Victor Narro, Project Director, UCLA Labor Center, Published on Huffington Post Blog
CoLab alumnus Sebastiao Ferreira cited in Huffingtong Post article


June 2013

Don't Be Surprised If Giant Paint-by-Number Murals Start Popping Up Around Boston

May 2013

A Conversation with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

May 2013

How University Hospitals Led $1.2B Cleveland Growth Plan

DiversityInc. Coverage of the CoLab sponsored event "Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth: A Community Forum"


March 2013

Urban Planners Listen to the Street: Tapping local wisdom to build urban sustainability across the globe.

By Eric Brown. Interview with MIT CoLab Executive Director Dayna Cunningham.


January 2013

Unfinished Revolution: Dr. King's Goal Was Full Employment and Universal Health Care

January 2013

Tweeting the City

January 2013

Forefront Excerpt: Betting the Farm

November 2012

Call for Papers: URBAN Special Issue of Critical Sociology, A Critical Assessment of Community-Based Research

October 2012

Three Generations: From the Fields to Construction to UCLA

By Paul Garcia, CoLab Radio cross-post on the AFL-CIO blog


September 2012

Rick Lowe and Mel Chin - Artists and Community Planning

August 2012

Atlantic Cities features CoLab Radio Street Chair Project

On August 15, 2012, Atlantic Cities published an article titled An Ode to Abandoned Street Chairs. The article describes how CoLab Radio started its collection of chair images by recruiting contributors from all over the world. It also discusses how the initiative evolved to include a pop-up show. If you see any abandoned chairs in your neighborhoods, please take a picture and send them to

June 2012

CoLab Alumni win 2012 Excellence in Public Service Award

The MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning honored two CoLab alumni, Benji Power (MCP '09) and Stefanie Ritoper (MCP '11), for their commitment to public service. Benji is the Director of Community Building and Organizing for Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, where he is working on federally funded redevelopment projects in the Brownsville neighborhood of Miami. Stefanie is the Communications Director at the California Construction Academy in the UCLA Labor Center. The Center recently published the book Beyond Green Jobs: Building Lasting Opportunities in Energy Efficiency.

June 2012

City lovers inspired by new #citychat interviews on Twitter

On June 1st Off-Leash Studio Works published a blog post on MIT CoLab's #citychat, which is a monthly, collaborative Twitter interview on important city and regional planning issues.


April 2012

CoLab Radio Writer Featured in Los Angeles' "KCET Departures"

John Arroyo is one of CoLab Radio's original contributors. His first blog series enabled L.A. artists living and working along the L.A. River to draw their visions for this 52-mile concrete-encased river on a map. KCET has now published the fascinating history of John's family, the origins in Mexico, and their relationship to East L.A. dating back to 1919.


March 2012

Baltimore City Paper features CoLab Radio oral history project, Voices on the Verge

On March 28, 2012 the Baltimore City Paper published an article titled "A new oral history project highlights the residents of Reservoir Hill". The article describes the work residents of that neighborhood are doing to tell their collective story. The residents are publishing their stories one by one on CoLab Radio. The project is called Voices on the Verge, and describes a neighborhood where people have chosen to face obstacles (a degraded main street, race relations, et cetera) and struggle towards a better future together.


March 2012

MIT students propose winning solutions at White House/DOE Better Buildings Initiative

On Friday, March 2nd, the MIT Energy Club, sent two teams of students to compete in a case competition for the President's Better Buildings Challenge. Nineteen universities traveled to the Washington, DC, to propose innovative strategies for reducing energy use in commercial buildings by 20% by 2020. Both MIT teams won awards for their proposed casestudy recommendations.

CoLab congratulates DUSP students Elena Alschuler, Brendan Wesley Look, McEwen, Nikhil Nadkarni, and Christopher Jones, who partnered with Patrick Flynn (Sloan), Kate Goldstein (Building Technology), Zack Mallow (Sloan), Neheet Trivedi (Sloan), and Nan Zhao (Media Lab), to take home the following accolades:

  • Best Proposal, NYC Office Building
  • Most Innovative Proposal, Walther Reed Army Medical Center

Congratulations also to Harvey Michaels, principal investigator for the MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, who coached the student teams.

For photos and more details see:

March 2012

If the people will lead …

At an MIT panel on the future of black politics, scholars discuss the need for civic engagement at a time of economic stress.

By Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office


March 2012

New White Paper Details Innovative Local Delivery of Energy Efficiency

MIT CoLab staff, students, and alumni publish ACEEE white paper on innovative local solutions for energy efficiency. The four authors are current or former researchers for the MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, led by Research Scientist Harvey Michaels. The paper summarizes three years of research about the community solutions to carbon emissions reduction through building efficiency.

Link to white paper:

February 2012

Alianza para que la comunidad se apodere del río Piedras

Press coverage of the final presentation of a 'new model of conservation' to representatives of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico and community members who participated in the project. Also present were Jon Borschow of the Foundation for Puerto Rico, Mike Soto of the Center for the New Economy, and many other allies interested in developing inclusive programming within the Piedras River watershed.

Artículos de prensa sobre la presentación final del 'nuevo modelo de conservación' al Fideicomiso de Conservación de Puerto Rico y representantes de comunidades quienes participaron en el proyecto. También presentes, Jon Borschow de la Fundación para Puerto Rico, Mike Soto del Centro para la Nueva Economía, y otros aliados interesados en el desarrollo de programación inclusiva en la cuenca del río Piedras.


January 2012

11.S955 – CoLab-orative Methods for Planning with Communities

By Alexa Mills, Patricia Molina Costa and Amy Stitely

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