MIT@Lawrence is a long-term commitment to support dynamic and mutually beneficial relationships between faculty, students, and staff at MIT, together with civic leaders, residents, and community-based organizations in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
The Changing Places group proposes that fundamentally new strategies must be found for creating the places where people live/work, and the mobility systems that connect these places, in order to meet the profound challenges of the future. We are developing technology to understand and respond to human activity, environmental conditions, and market dynamics.
As an outgrowth of partnership between Eran Ben-Joseph’s 2008 East Biloxi Studio and Mississippi State University Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS), a neighborhood wetland park in Biloxi MS was completed in February. Initially suggested, designed and planned by MIT and MSU students, the idea became part of a larger community effort.
Changing Cities Exhibit and Monograph
To mark the 75th anniversary of the planning program at MIT in 2008, department head Larry Vale prepared a museum exhibit and illustrated catalog on the program's history. To download, use the link at the left.
Changing Cities Symposium: April, 2008
Working with the MIT Program in Human Rights and Justice, DUSP Professor Larry Susskind and doctoral candidate Isabelle Anguelovski have prepared a report entitled "Addressing the Land Claims of Indigenous Peoples." The paper explores 14 case studies to understand the strategies and preconditions for effectively resolving these indigenous land claims.
The MIT Site and Urban System class (11.304/4.255) worked with the City of Boston Director of Bicycle Programs and Toole Design Group to develop a comprehensive and integrated bicycle plan and street design that enhance a livable public realm, are shared by all modes of travel equitably, and are responsive to environmental conditions.
American Planning Association - MA
Outstanding Planning Award 2010
PROTOTYPICAL SUSTAINABLE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES 2025 The Site and Environmental Systems Planning Workshop will be an international practicum in collaboration with Tel-Aviv University Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design. The course is part of a long term research project that strives to plan, design and retrofit existing residential communities to become low carbon, ecologically responsive, incorporate new technologies, and in general to enhance the livability and self reliance for the local residents and potential new comers.