Category: City Planning & Urban Affairs

Urbanologist Makes Case for Metropolitan Concentration

August 17th, 2016 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, MET News

Urbanologist Makes Case for Metropolitan Concentration

Some people may be drawn to quiet comforts of living in the country, but according to the BU’s resident “Urbanologist,” more and more people will be drawn to life in the big city, and city planners should be prepared. Speaking with the Boston Metro, Max Grinnell—a lecturer in MET’s Urban Affairs program—made the case for why developers should embrace rising population density and seek to build even more residences in metropolitan environments. “You want to be in these amenity-rich cities, where you have great outdoor spaces, tremendous job opportunity, and a higher quality of living,” Grinnell said.

Read more in the Metro.

City Planning & Urban Affairs Scholars Join City’s ‘Imagine Boston 2030’ Discussion

June 1st, 2016 in Academic Events, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Madhu Dutta-Koehler, MET News


“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.

Professors Channel Energy into Problem-Solving Climate Change

April 6th, 2016 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Madhu Dutta-Koehler, MET News


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.

MET’s Urban Design Expert Weighs in on Climate Change Panel

January 8th, 2016 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Madhu Dutta-Koehler, MET News


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.

Alumni Book Profiled on PBS

June 25th, 2015 in Alumni News, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Featured News Post, MET News

Old Earth by Gary GrossmanIn June, Metropolitan College Dean’s Advisory Board member Gary Grossman (MET’75), a graduate of MET’s Urban Affairs program, discussed his new thriller Old Earth on the multiple Emmy Award-winning PBS series Between the Lines with Barry Kibrick.

Old Earth was also featured on Kibrick’s June 19 blog entry “Truth Through Fiction.”

Source: 06.19.15

MET Students Assist Quincy with Coastal Protection Plan

April 30th, 2015 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Featured News Post, MET News, Programs

City Planning and Urban Affairs

BU Today has reported on the Boston Urban Symposium, the capstone course for students of MET’s City Planning and Urban Affairs master’s programs. This year students collaborated with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the City of Quincy to help the city plan for climate change. Their project was also covered in the Quincy Sun and Patriot Ledger.

Read more in BU Today.

Planning for Urban Resilience: Housing and Education for Vulnerable Communities

February 25th, 2015 in Academic Events, City Planning & Urban Affairs, MET News


With Dr. Shomon Shamsuddin

Thursday, February 26 at 2:30 PM
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 264 (Lab 1)

Shomon Shamsuddin is a National Poverty Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His research explores how institutions define social problems and develop policies to address urban inequality. His work focuses on: 1) the socioeconomic effects of affordable housing programs, and 2) barriers to educational attainment for underserved communities. He has designed and built affordable housing with community development corporations; managed housing programs at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development; and analyzed policy and legislation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Policy and Planning from MIT, M. Arch. from Yale University, and Sc.B. in Neuroscience from Brown University.

MET’s Regan Explains Why the T Broke and How to Fix It

February 20th, 2015 in BU Today Features, City Planning & Urban Affairs, Featured News Post, MET News


Back in 2007, Terrance Regan, a MET adjunct professor of city planning and urban affairs, wrote a report for the Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission on the precarious condition of the state’s public transit system. Today, he’s using the current snow-related breakdowns in the Green Line and other MBTA services as a prime teaching moment. Read this urban transit expert’s honest opinions in BU Today.

Read “What if the Green Line Actually Worked?” »

Master of Urban Affairs Graduate Receives City’s Public Service Award

October 15th, 2014 in Alumni News, City Planning & Urban Affairs, MET News


Master of Urban Affairs alum Dion Irish (MET’07), who serves as executive director of Boston’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity, received a Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Award from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. The annual award celebrates the city’s most dedicated workers, such as Irish, who was recognized for developing and managing numerous collaborative programs with other city offices.

Irish was one of nine city employees and two “City Champions”—and one of two MET alumni, along with Annie Wilcox —honored at the awards ceremony on October 14, 2014, at the Seaport World Trade Center. Read more in the Boston Globe or the Boston Herald.

MET’s Enrique Silva Helps Organize BU Pardee Event

April 29th, 2014 in City Planning & Urban Affairs, Discussions, Enrique Silva, Featured News Post, MET News

14-7687-LONGERRAN-107-e1397754845809Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Latin American Studies Program, and Initiative on Cities co-sponsored the event “Latin American Urban Experiences: Crisis, Creativity, and Renewal.” Held on April 19, 2014, and organized by Pardee Faculty Fellows Susan Eckstein and Enrique Silva—who is also assistant professor of city planning and urban affairs at MET—the event featured faculty and student panel presentations on life in Latin American cities. Using highway development in Chile as an example, Silva spoke about the ways strategic city planning impacts life in large urban areas. The event concluded with comments from former Boston mayor Thomas Menino, who now serves as co-director of BU’s Initiative on Cities.

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