Domestic Partners

Civic Data Design Project

Boston, MA

Civic Data Design Project is a new research lab run at MIT run by Sarah Williams, formally Director of Columbia University’s Spatial Information Design Lab. The Civic Data Design Project investigates the possibilities of using the mass amounts of data that we collect about the places we live to expose urban issues that might not have otherwise been seen. We employ visualizations and analysis strategies to communicate complex urban patterns to new audiences. The Project experiments with the use of new forms of data and data collection strategies to create stories about the places we live. The Lab employs and develops new technologies that allow us to tell stories about the places we live. The Civic Data Design Project is a based in the Urban Planning Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Boston, MA 

Groupshot researches, designs, educates and advises on projects at the intersections of innovation, social entrepreneurship and global development. They work as partners, consultants, and creators to design projects that understand context. Groupshot works to bridge existing and informal systems with global patterns of innovation through technology, community, conditions and culture.

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)

New York, NY

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) was established in 1985 to promote environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation policies and projects worldwide. The international NGO’s mission is to make transportation systems around the world more environmentally sustainable and equitable. Its work is focused in three programmatic areas: supporting the development of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Systems; improving transport and land use governance; and non-motorized transport infrastructure. Over the past several years, ITDP has been involved in the decisions of many municipalities to pursue BRT systems, and is now directly involved in the planning of systems in Indonesia, India, China, Tanzania, South Africa and Senegal. ITDP has helped build advocacy coalitions for regional sustainable transport and provided technical support to national-level NGO initiatives.

UC Berkeley Center for Future Urban Transport

Berkeley, CA

The UC Berkeley Center for Future Urban Transport, established in 2004, is based out of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. A fellow Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) Center of Excellence (CoE), the Berkeley Center studies the mutual interdependence of urban transportation policy and technology to develop sustainable transportation strategies and options for cities around the world. CSUD and the UC Berkeley Center for Future Urban Transport are currently partnering on a VREF Smaller Project to develop a model of the current traffic situation in Nairobi. This traffic modeling exercise is part of a larger CSUD transport modeling project, conducted in collaboration with KIPPRA and DURP.