Shrinking City Studio: Privatopolis

Aug 20, 2012. Posted by Ezra Glenn

In February 2012, Brent Ryan's Shrinking City studio conducted research on 20 aspects of the East St. Louis region, including historical, geographical, and infrastructural phenomena. The flood plain conditions of the American Bottom formed the basis for our thinking about susceptibility of the site to pollution and flooding. Another dominating landscape feature of this region is its loss of physical infrastructure and population. We also noted the importance of the industrial legacy of the site, including an incredible rail network and a density of industrial polluters.

Lincolnopolis: Landscape Urbanization at the Interburban Frontier

Aug 20, 2012. Posted by Ezra Glenn

According to Professor Alan Berger's "Culture Now" project, "The United States is a suburban nation and will likely remain so for many years. The expansion of the suburban population now forms a supermajority of the total U.S. metropolitan area population (62%). Despite this fact, urban pundits including 'planner and designer' biases still try to emulate 19th Century European compact city forms and mobility models for the American landscape. Antithetical to urbanist polemics, we know that critical characteristics of today's U.S.

Reinventing Planned Cities

Aug 19, 2012. Posted by Site Admin

Students from the School of Architecture + Planning (SA+P) traveled to Israel in January, 2012, for a 10-day collaborative workshop with Tel Aviv University's Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design (TAU LCUD).

Ben-Joseph: Lots of trouble

Aug 19, 2012. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Quick: Name a great parking lot. You probably cannot think of one offhand. If you did, it would certainly surprise Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of landscape architecture and urban design at MIT. A few years ago, teaching MIT's venerable site-planning class, Ben-Joseph found himself confronted with the problem of explaining to students why parking lots are so often nothing but vast fields of asphalt occupying prime urban and suburban real estate. So Ben-Joseph started asking people if they could name parking lots that even had a few good qualities to them.

A Design to Save American cities

Aug 19, 2012. Posted by Ezra Glenn

When Brent Ryan started doing academic research on Detroit, in the 1990s, he was immediately taken aback by the city's plight: derelict commercial buildings, burnt-out homes and whole neighborhoods being abandoned. "I was really struck by the amount of physical decay I saw there," says Ryan, the Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Alan Berger Named to Harvard University Center for the Environment

Aug 11, 2012. Posted by Site Admin

DUSP Professor Alan Berger was recently named a Faculty Associate of Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE). The Center draws faculty members and students from across the University and beyond who make up a remarkable intellectual community of scholars, researchers, and teachers of diverse fields including chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, engineering and applied sciences, biology, public health and medicine, government, business, economics, religion, and the law.