Category: Madhu Dutta-Koehler
In her academic work, Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler explores the realities of climate change adaptation in urban settings and the need for practical solutions to the coming challenges. Green spaces need to be preserved, the director of the MET City Planning & Urban Affairs programs and associate professor of the practice says, and she was invited to speak on the topic last month at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library. Held on Thursday, August 23, the forum was entitled, “Parks for All: How City Parks Address Inequity,” and was attended by roughly 200 people.
Boston’s parks, which she called “ribbons of green” against the city’s urban landscape during her lecture, must be accessible to all walks of the populace to be effective for the greater community.
Watch the discussion at the WGBH Forum Network.
As part of BU’s Climate Action Plan Task Force, Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler, director of the MET City Planning & Urban Affairs programs and associate professor of the practice, is applying her expertise in urban resilience to help devise plans for the University to weather potential high-impact weather events affecting the Charles River campus.
Dutta-Koehler, whose most recent research delves into climate adaptation in mega-cities, says the work—and the foresight required to take on the challenge—is part of what makes Boston University a leader in the field of urban planning and sustainability. “Unlike a lot of major research universities, BU in its action has shown that it deeply cares for its community, and the environment, and the city that it is in,” Dutta-Koehler says in a recent video. “And I am really proud to be a part of that.”
Watch a video of Associate Professor Dutta-Koehler discussing her work with the Climate Action Task Force below, and learn more about #BUClimateAction here.
Imagining a future where floods shut down the Massachusetts Turnpike and Park Street MBTA subway stop, and trying to envision possible solutions, might be a nightmare for most Boston residents, but for Metropolitan College City Planning & Urban Affairs students, it was just one element of the day’s lesson.
The workshop exercise was a part of the “Technology, Policy, and the City” symposium, held Friday, April 21. Hosted by BU’s Initiative on Cities, the summit gathered experts from Boston University, the City of Boston, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Harvard University, and the Environmental League of Massachusetts. Director of City Planning and Urban Affairs Programs Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler moderated a panel discussion during the day, which focused on the intersections of sustainability, technology, policy, and action.
Read more at the City Planning & Urban Affairs page.
“Imagine Boston 2030”—the City of Boston’s first comprehensive, city-wide planning project in more than 50 years—is a campaign that evidences the vital roles City Planning & Urban Affairs play in preparing for the future. To mark its kickoff, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities held a “Sharing Visions, Shaping Cities” seminar. The panel was moderated by City Planning & Urban Affairs Program Coordinator Madhu Dutta-Koehler, who was joined by scholars, entrepreneurs, journalists, the executive director of Imagine Boston 2030, and others to discuss the challenges and opportunities on the city’s horizon, and the benefits of community-oriented cooperation.
MET City Planning & Urban Affairs program coordinator Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler was part of a fourteen-professor panel on climate change and environmental policy held at the Rafik B. Hariri Building earlier this month. The symposium, part of the “Research on Tap” lecture series, saw BU educators present relevant findings and analyses, including the concepts at the root of Applied Sustainability, to a crowd of roughly 60 gathered faculty members and students.
Dutta-Koehler, whose research and teaching focuses on climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability in the built environment, was recently named a board member of the University’s newly constituted Institute of Sustainable Energy.
Read more about the lecture at the Daily Free Press.
While climate change presents challenges to all walks of life, it uniquely affects those areas that are most densely populated, which is why organizers of a BU Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation Forum invited MET City Planning and Urban Affairs program coordinator and professor Madhu Dutta-Koehler to share her views on the power of urban design in adapting to, and combating against, rising global warming issues.
Watch Dr. Dutta-Koehler’s lecture, along with the rest of the panel, at BUniverse.