Study of Cultural, Civic, and Non-Profit Facilities of Public Accommodation in Boston*

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 2:57pm

The Boston Redevelopment Authority sought to understand the market forces at work, and the needs and concerns of non-profits that had the potential to invigorate the waterfront with public uses, programming, and Boston Harbor connections, but that were not occupying prime Harborwalk spaces.  Facilities of Public Accommodation (FPAs) are public uses (restaurants, performance areas, hotels, retail, educational and cultural institutions) required under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Waterways Regulations (Chapter 91) for new or redevelopment projects.  In the co

Two Squares, One Place: A Strategy Plan for Hyde/Jackson Square Main Streets*

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 2:55pm

Hyde/Jackson Square Main Streets is a vibrant, diverse commercial and residential district facing many changes.  New commercial and residential development and rapidly changing demographics resulting in residential and commercial gentrification have presented numerous challenges for the community.  In addition, the length of the district, with two distinct “squares” creates a disjointed image with little cohesive qualities.


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20/20 Vision for Concord, NH: City of Villages*

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 2:53pm

A group of civic-minded residents teamed with the City of Concord to address coming challenges including projected population expansion of 8000 residents in 20 years, the proposed widening of I-93, a planned Manchester Airport expansion, increasing concern over the preservation of open space, and the creation of urban growth boundaries within the city.  Vision 20/20 for Concord, NH was the result of a major planning grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

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Worcester Arts District Master Plan, Worcester MA*

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 2:52pm

The City of Worcester, in partnership with ArtsWorcester and the Arts District Task Force, sought to create an urban design and economic development road map for the revitalization of a half-mile stretch of Main Street between the civic center and Clark University. 

The students explored:

·       How a master plan can create a new arts district and provide a home for artists and cultural activities

Estimating a Rail Passenger Trip Origin-Destination Matrix Using Automatic Data Collection Systems

Submitted by Jinhua Zhao on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 12:23am

Automatic data collection (ADC) systems are becoming increasingly common in transit systems throughout the world. Although these ADC systems are often designed to support specific fairly narrow functions, the resulting data can have wide-ranging application, well beyond their design purpose. This paper illustrates the potential that ADC systems can provide transit agencies with new rich data sources at low marginal cost, as well as the critical gap between what ADC systems directly offer and what is needed in practice in transit agencies.

Civic Data Design Lab

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 3:42pm

The Civic Data Design Lab works with data to understand it for Public Good. We seek to develop alternative practices which can make the work we do with data and images richer, smarter, more relevant, and more responsive to the needs and interested of citizens traditionally on the margins of policy development.

Singapore: Housing for Pearl’s and York Hills

Submitted by Eran Ben-Joseph on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 8:03pm

Undre the sponsorship of the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the studio was set in Singapore and it examined the future of a fifty hectare area in the downtown. The site, known as Pearl’s Hill and York Hill, is prominent topographically, rising 40 to 50 meters above the general level of the core of the city.

Southwest Washington DC

Submitted by Eran Ben-Joseph on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 11:12am

On March 27, 2001 students and faculty of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning presented revitalization proposals for Southwest Washington DC to residents and public officials.  The public meeting, at St. Matthew’s Church, was attended by over 200 people and was the culmination of a semester-long studio sponsored by the DC Government’s Planning Office and the Summit Fund for Washington.  The presentation also marked an important milestone in Mayor Williams and the Office of Planning’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.

Cardener River Corridor, Catalunya Spain

Submitted by Eran Ben-Joseph on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 10:19am

This Planning Study is built upon the existing regional and municipal plans that set forth common goals for the Cardener River corridor. The Planning Study is an exploration of possible implementations that follow from existing plans and from the current circumstances of the four municipalities: Manresa, Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Callús and Súria.