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DESIGNING EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT

The world of the future depends on new development, but the lessons of the past have proven the inherent instability of development based on excessive resource extraction, cheap energy, and inequality. The task of this century will be to invent equitable models for development that improve the built and natural environments for all the inhabitants of the planet.

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SUSTAINABLE RESIDENTIALNEIGHBORHOODS IN CHINA

DISPLACEMENT ACTION AND RESEARCH NETWORK

DUSPMIT students and faculty have set out to explore ways in which future housing projects in China, could promote sustainability and enhance the country’s growth. In one of the project’s sites in Tianjin, students re-imagined the existing site of Donglihu, strategically located on one of the main development corridors connecting the city center with its new business core in the Binhai port area. Tunney Lee

> COMPREHENSIVE INITIATIVE ON TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION

In collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this five-year project is fighting poverty by developing and evaluating useful technologies for communities around the globe. Researchers at DUSPMIT lead a consortium of higher-education institutions in creating the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), which provides structure for technological innovation in developing countries; and the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) is assessing technologies intended to alleviate poverty and determine which will have the most impact. Bish Sanyal

DEPARTMENT OF URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING MIT

Whether due to large infrastructure projects, forestry, climate change, urban renewal, industrial policy, natural disasters, or violent conflict, mass displacement around the world is become more and more frequent. Affected populations are usually indigenous people, farmers, rural and urban poor, and others who lack voice in the system. Combining expertise in planning, architecture, economics, political science, anthropology, and law, researchers at DUSPMIT have created the first-ever global network on displacement and land rights, and are designing ways to mitigate displacement and its attendant negative effects. Balakrishnan Rajagopal

> REAL ESTATE AND EMERGING GLOBAL MARKETS

Combining elements of both city design and real estate development, researchers at DUSPMIT are engaging emerging global markets where most of the world’s new real estate development is expected to occur. One recent project working in downtown São Paulo, Brazil, explored a complex site requiring the combination of air-rights over a downtown expressway with sensitivity to existing history and surrounding natural values to regenerate the heart of this city of 11.5 million people. Student teams prepared design and financial proposals for phased development over the next decade. Peter Roth and Dennis Frenchman


DESIGNING EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT

DEPARTMENT OF URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING MIT


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COMMUNITY PLANNING IN MASSACHUSETTS

REVITALIZING URBAN MAIN STREETS

Working with the community of Somerville, MA, DUSPMIT students prepared a community plan for the city’s Winter Hill and Magoun Square area. The project outlined a vision and key recommendations for future development, with special attention to the potential for changes as a result of planned a new transit corridor. These types of community planning and land use projects have been carried out by DUSPMIT student in over 20 Massachusetts communities for the last 25 years. Terry S. Szold

Working alternately in Boston and New Orleans, the Revitalizing Urban Main Streets project brings together faculty and students in city design and community and economic development to prepare plans for neighborhood Main Street districts, with attention to both physical and economic renewal in a downtown context. Karl Seidman and Susan Silberberg


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