Brent Ryan Awarded JAPA "Best Paper," 2011

Sep 20, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

Brent Ryan's 2011 article, "Reading Through a Plan," was recently named the "Best Paper" for 2011 from the editors of the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA).

Read about CAU and Professor Alan Berger's Health and Urbanism Workshop

Jul 15, 2013. Posted by Sandra Elliott

MIT graduate students from architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning took part in this course, taught by professors from MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism in the School of Architecture + Planning. The students fanned out throughout the country to study eight metropolitan regions—Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Boston, and New York—taking into consideration geographic, climatic, and population diversity.

The Plan for an Innovation District in Medellin, Colombia

Jul 15, 2013. Posted by Sandra Elliott

Professor Dennis Frenchman is working with Carlo Ratti and PhD students Jota Samper and Ricardo Alvarez on the Plan for an Innovation District in Medellin, Columbia. In a separate project, MIT and Medellin students in 11.320 Digital City Design Workshop developed digital applications for improving life in the city’s favellas, involving distributed health care, digital fabrication of building components, and household energy management, among others.

Neighborhood Deign and Suburban Baby Boomers' Local Behavior

Jul 15, 2013. Posted by Sandra Elliott

Neighborhood Design and Suburban Baby Boomers’ Local Behavior Eran Ben-Joseph, Christopher Zegras, Jae Seung Lee: Two referred papers published showing results from this ongoing DOT sponsored project. Safely Active Mobility for Urban Baby Boomers: The Role of Neighborhood Design” in Accident Analysis & Prevention May 2013.

Professor Brent Ryan has published a chapter in this new book titled: Urban Megaprojects: A Worldwide View

Jul 15, 2013. Posted by Sandra Elliott

Professor Brent Ryan has published a chapter in this new book titled: Urban Megaprojects: A Worldwide View.

Flocksourcing Dhaka

Jul 15, 2013. Posted by Sandra Elliott

Flocksourcing Dhaka: Mobile Phone-Sourced Intelligence used to create the city's first bus map by CDD/MCP'12 alumns Albert Ching and Stephen Kennedy.

The Real Estate Studio 11.303 went international this year.

Jul 15, 2013. Posted by Sandra Elliott

The Real Estate Development Studio, 11.303 went international this year preparing proposals for a major downtown site in Sao Paulo, Brazil. CDD alum Victor Eskinazi joined Professors Dennis Frenchman and Peter Roth  to teach the class and organize the site visit. The project was developed in cooperation with the city and Vivo Centro! a local business group.

Purging the Poorest

Apr 06, 2013. Posted by Eran Ben-Joseph

Larry Vale new book  Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities offers a new narrative of the seventy-five-year struggle to house the “deserving poor.”  In the 1930s, two iconic American cities, Atlanta and Chicago, demolished their slums and established some of this country’s first public housing. Six decades later, these same cities also led the way in clearing public housing itself.

Civic Data Design Lab project featured in GeoSkop

Mar 06, 2013. Posted by Sarah Williams

We are here now Moscow map was recently published in the acclaimed German magazine GeoSkop


Social media are increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives, from connecting with friends and sharing images to exploring cities through location-based applications. These new services have given us a different vantage point from which to understand, explore, navigate, and geographically record the places we live.

Decade of Design: Health & Urbanism

Mar 01, 2013. Posted by Ezra Glenn

To address the urgent need to research, design, and implement solutions to urban challenges, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Center for Advanced Urbanism today announce a new research collaboration that will focus on how design can improve urban health. This research will support AIA’s efforts through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Decade of Design. The announcement came at the start of the CGI Winter Meeting.