HTC currently offers two tracks of study within the PhD program: History and Theory of Architecture and History and Theory of Art. Degree requirements and admissions procedures for both tracks are the same.
Information technologies can help planners improve the efficiency of metropolitan governments and markets, explore the nature of spatial interactions, and understand the composition and workings of communities. IT itself also serves as a significant stimulus for change, since it can affect the spatial relationships that shape our urban fabric. This raises a complex and interesting set of issues:
Urban Information Systems (UIS) is a 'cross-cutting' group in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning that connects faculty, staff, and students with shared interests in how information and communication technologies are impacting urban planning. Some of us are studying the complex relationships underlying urban spatial structure and landuse, transportation, and environmental interactions.