Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Focuses on the synthesis of projects for the real estate development industry, including the integration of physical design and programming with finance and marketing. Interdisciplinary student teams analyze how to maximize value in large-scale, mixed use projects in the process of preparing professional development proposals, involving sites in US cities and internationally.
Introduces the range of practical approaches involved in evaluating and planning sites within the context of natural and cultural systems. Develops the knowledge and skills to analyze and plan a site for development through assignments and a client-based project.
The Digital Revolution is changing the way we live today as radically as the Industrial Revolution did almost two centuries ago. As urbanization accelerates across the world, digital media and information technologies hold huge potential for understanding, designing, and managing cities.
Why and how are cities made? What forces have shaped cities through time? And how has the physical urban form of the city structured power relations?
It is common knowledge today that the World is urbanizing at high speed. Urban thinkers are confronted with the statis- tics that five billion of us will be living in urban areas by 2030, meaning that one million people per week will be joining the urban life in many contexts of our planet in the next fifteen years.
Examines innovations in urban design practice occurring through the work of leading practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Features evening or in-class lectures by major national and global practitioners in urban design.
Analysis of local and state power to regulate land use and development. Particular emphasis on the evolution of planning and zoning regulations, and the perceived narrowing of the relationship between public improvements requirements and development impact.
Social media networks, crowd sourcing, cell phone applications all allow us to see and understand cities and our role within them using a new lens. This workshop class will investigate the use of social media and digital technologies for planning and advocacy by working with actual planning and advocacy organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate prototype digital tools.
The 2010 Economist Series, The Data Deluge, edited by Neil Cukier peaked everyone’s excitement about the possibilities of Big Data. Corporations, such as IBM, Cisco and Microsoft saw one of the biggest markets for this data to be cities and created programs specifically to cater to those groups.
This workshop experiments with emerging trends in the fields of landscape architecture and urbanism as they relate to MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism’s (CAU) biannual special topic: “The Future of Suburbia.” Modern suburban development has endured in our cultural imagination for almost a century.