The Great DUSP MeetUp: Empowering Alumni-Student Action

The blog of the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning Alumni-Student Group

Thanks for coming to the Boston Urban Exchange!

Thank you all for coming to the first Boston Urban Exchange (BUX) on Wednesday night! We thought the evening was a great success, and we’ll definitely host at least another two meetups before the end of the summer (one in July and one in August).

Although we planned the event fairly quickly, turnout exceeded our expectations

  •  about 40-50 people joined us at Middlesex!

 We met young professionals working in the public, private, and civic sectors, with expertise in planning, urban design, real estate, architecture, artist space development, community development, organizational consulting, environmental activism, affordable housing finance and development, campus planning, GIS and data visualization, fundraising and development, executive recruitment, etc, as well as a some master’s and PhD students.

Over the course of the evening, we also watched the effects of networking unfold before our eyes. For example …

  • Some people realized they share interests and are going to explore potentially producing an art and charity event.
  • A few architects who were introduced at the Boston Urban Exchange liked each other enough to shared a cab to check out Pecha Kucha, which they hadn’t heard of or been to before.
  • And another person met a professional who’s work she admired from afar but didn’t find the opportunity to meet.

We think building these kinds of connections are awesome and we hope to see more!

The next Boston Urban Exchange is on a to-be-determined date in July. If you know anyone who would like to be added to our mailing list in anticipation, please tell them to drop us a line!

Best,

Angela + Gena

ps — We encourage you all to go to Common Boston’s D-Party tonight, as well as their other scheduled programs this weekend!

Date: Jun 19 2009 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Thompson Design Group, 35 Channel Center Street in Fort Point Channel

Common Boston is a volunteer organization dedicated to expanding public awareness of the Boston area’s built environment through interactive programs, to fostering collaboration between design professionals and those for whom they design, and to collectively shaping a sustainable, equitable, beautiful built environment. All events during Common Boston Weekend 09 are free and open to the public. The second annual D-Party, Common Boston’s open-invite cocktail party, celebrates good work by community advocates and local architects and lubricates good conversation between them.

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