Symposium: Thursday, January 17, 2013 (5-9pm). Room 9-450, MIT
Exhibition: December 19, 2012- February 15, 2013 at the Keller Gallery, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 7-408, MIT
On view December 19, 2012- February 15, 2013, 9am – 5pm Monday - Friday
Strategies for solving urban planning problems have become increasingly global in nature, reflecting the similarity in challenges cities face in a globalized economy and a changing physical climate. In order to share knowledge across international boundaries, planning institutions increasingly seek to understand how similar problems are being addressed from different cultural perspectives, methodologies, and legal regulations. This approach formed the basis for the Parallel Workshop for Sustainable & Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization held in the spring of 2012 by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Departamento de Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio (DUyOT) at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). The workshop focused on contemporary urban challenges from two very different national perspectives and formulated proposals for two different neighborhoods—Ciudad de los Angeles in Madrid, and Fields Corner in Boston— working closely with local community-based organizations. On the occasion of the exhibition, a half-day symposium will be held to discuss the experience of community-university partnerships between MIT´s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and community organizations from the Boston area.