Monday, October 15, 6:00 pm, 10-485
Strong Towns: Rising From the Ashes of Suburbia
Executive Director, Strong Towns
Following World War II, the United States embarked on the great social and financial experiment of suburbanization. The development of suburbia created tremendous growth, opportunity and prosperity for a generation that had just lived through economic depression and war. But sprawling, automobile-dependent development would prove far too costly to sustain. Today, nearly every U.S. city is grappling with this harsh fiscal legacy. Charles Marohn joins DUSP Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek for a presentation and conversation on how America can get back to building Strong Towns.
Monday, October 29, 5:00 pm, 10-485
Sustainable Streets: New York City’s New Public Space Vision
Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation Public Plaza Program
Andy Wiley-Schwartz is an Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Sustainability at New York City Department of Transportation. He was hired by Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn in 2007 to develop a public space program at DOT and develop a complete street design and planning process for the department. In this capacity he developed and launched the NYC Plaza Program to create new public spaces out of existing streets in communities across New York City. Andy joins DUSP Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek in discussing the details of the groundbreaking approach to urban planning and design that has led to the construction of more than 50 new plazas and 21 acres of new public space in North America’s biggest, busiest, most politically complex urban environment.
Monday, November 5, 6:00 pm, MIT Media Lab, E14, Third Floor Atrium
Peer-to-Peer Politics: Moving Beyond Left and Right
An election eve conversation with
Steven Johnson, author of “Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked World”
and Harvard Law School’s Lawrence Lessig, Yochai Benkler & Susan Crawford
The market versus the state. Big capital versus big government. Just about everything we talk about in politics today revolves around those two poles. What if there’s a third option? Instead of those two, creaky old monoliths, imagine a web of collaboration that’s neither market nor state where no one is in charge because everyone is in charge. In his new book, “Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked World,” author Steven Johnson argues that the core principles that apply to the design and function of the Internet could be applied to solving many different kinds of problems, across dozens of sectors, including cities. What if the most powerful tool to advance the cause of social progress is the peer-to-peer network? Join hosts Aaron Naparstek of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Ethan Zuckerman of the MIT Media Lab for an election eve conversation with three leading thinkers on the Internet and society.
Monday, November 19, 6:00 pm, 10-485
Human Transit: Public Transportation for Personal Freedom
Author and Transit Planner
Jarrett Walker is an international expert in public transit planning and policy and the author of the popular blog HumanTransit.org. He consults in North America through his own firm Jarrett Walker & Associates, and is also a Principal Consultant with MRCagney in Australia. In his new book, “Human Transit,” Walker provides planners, policy-makers and citizens with the basic tools, the critical questions and the means to make smarter decisions about designing and implementing transit services. Join MIT Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek for a conversation with Jarrett Walker, as he shares his vision of “abundant access,” in which public transit might be brought back to a core purpose of expanding every individual’s freedom to access the riches of their city.
Monday, November 26, 5:00 pm, Long Lounge, 7-429
Chicago Forward: Toward a User-Friendly City
Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
What happens when a tech-minded entrepreneur is unexpectedly chosen to lead a big city government bureaucracy? Gabe Klein was an unconventional pick to head the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation when he was hired back in 2008, by then-mayor Adrian Fenty. He’d been a Zipcar executive. He helped found a local boutique food-truck company. He grew up in a Virginia ashram called Yogaville. But he had never worked in government. Over the next 23 months Klein implemented a program of transformative innovation, rapidly rolling out bike-sharing, new bike lanes, streetcar plans and next-generation parking infrastructure. Now Klein is a year-and-a-half into his second unexpected job in government, as the head of Chicago’s Department of Transportation under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Join MIT Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek in conversation with one of America’s most visionary and inspiring new urban leaders.
Monday, December 3, 6:00 pm, 10-485
No Accident: Urban Design and Motor Vehicle Violence
Streetsblog founder and MIT DUSP Visiting Scholar
If you ever want to kill someone New York or just about any other American city, use a car as your weapon. As long as you are sober, licensed and do not flee the scene of the “accident,” it is virtually guaranteed that you will get away with murder. Around the world, 1.3 million people die in road traffic crashes and 20 to 50 million more are injured each year. It is a massive global health crisis that, for the most part, we ignore. Streetsblog founder and DUSP Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek discusses emerging new perspectives on motor vehicle violence and the critical role that urban planners and designers must play in solving the problem.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
City Design and Development
77 Massachusetts Avenue