Can a typical American city be transformed from a collection of fragments assembled regionally by interstate highways, to a more durable regional constitution, using targeted infrastructural investment projects? A positive answer would imply that it is possible to use infrastructure designs and investments to leverage results beyond the realm of transportation of goods or labor; in the realm of culture, public space, architecture and landscape form. This question frames the first conference of the Center for Advanced Urbanism.
The development of infrastructural research agendas and projects is a key mission for MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism. However, it is not the only one. This conference is the first in a series, devoted to a series of strategic design challenges facing cities worldwide.