Category: City Planning & Urban Affairs
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.
All across the United States, community bike-sharing programs are rising in popularity and usage, transforming the transportation culture of cities including Boston, New York, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, and many more. That’s according to Doug Johnson, a MET Master of City Planning alum who now teaches Transit-Oriented Development in the 21st Century (MET UA 510) for the City Planning & Urban Affairs Programs. In an article appearing in The Conversation, Johnson writes that new technological innovations, which allow greater flexibility with regards to where bikes are returned, are also providing greater access to communities of all socio-economic standings.
Read more in The Conversation.
A team of Metropolitan College Master of City Planning and Master of Urban Affairs students and alumni were crowned victors at the prestigious 2017 IXL Innovation Olympics, which sees graduate students from around the world compete to creatively solve sponsor-presented challenges.
Graduates Alejandro Delgado (MBA, MUA ’17), David Valecillos (MCP ’14), and Luis Quintanilla (MBA, MCP ’17), as well as current students Ruben Ceron (MUA ’18) and Diego Lomelli (MCP ’18) were all named winners for the plan they devised to develop a business innovation district for the Government of Atlántico in Colombia, and awarded a $4,000 prize for their efforts. The 8-week global consulting competition is co-sponsored by IXL Center and the nonprofit Global Innovation Management Institute.
Learn more about the team’s victory here.
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.
On September 29, 2017, Boston University’s Initiative on Cities welcomed Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, the 19th Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States, to speak on the topic of Urbanization in Ghana. In a visit facilitated by Kwabena Kyei-Aboagye—Metropolitan College professor and alumnus of the Master of City Planning program—the Ambassador addressed an audience that included students and faculty of MET’s City Planning and Urban Affairs programs, discussing sustainable development in rapidly growing urban centers such as Accra and Kumasi.
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.
A proposal to regulate air conditioners to lessen their environmental impact made winners of a pair of Boston University online course facilitators, who were recognized with an award at a notable climate change conference. Eduardo Fracassi and Fabian Szulanski are course facilitators that teach management online at BU, and together with students from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA), they concocted an integrated scientific, economic, and policy approach to climate change that was deemed worthy of first prize in the Industry category at the 2016 MIT Climate CoLab competition. Doing much of the work that students learn as part of the Applied Sustainability and City Planning programs, they even got a chance to discuss their ideas with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.
Read more at the Metropolitan College City Planning & Urban Affairs page.
Students in the City Planning & Urban Affairs program showed their preparedness to solve real-world challenges—like those they will face in their professional futures—earlier last month when they won the on-campus workshop contest designed to promote equality and access to those in need..
CPUA master’s students Alejandro Delgado and Luis Quintanilla were named winners of the Toyota + Net Impact’s Next Generation Mobility Challenge after designing a souped-up cane prototype that would connect users with resources to aid in their travels through urban communities. Now they advance as semi-finalists.
Ultimately, three finalists will be selected from the 15 U.S. on-campus workshops held, then flown to the Next Generation Mobility Challenge boot camp. There they will work on their solution and prepare a final pitch that could result in a $10,000 paid internship to incubate the winning project over the summer with the Toyota Mobility Foundation.
Read more at the Metropolitan College City Planning & Urban Affairs website.
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.
“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.