Fall 2012

Semester Start Date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2012

Organization for Permanent Modernity

The Organization for Permanent Modernity investigates operational templates of public form that integrate architecture, infrastructure, and landscape into elements of a lasting territorial order. Its hypothesis entails the possibility of a public reading of the territory through forms of permanence, while accommodating uncertainty and change within and around these interventions.

West Philadelphia Landscape Project

For more than twenty-five years, the West Philadelphia Landscape Project (WPLP) has worked in the Mill Creek watershed and neighborhood. Our mission is to restore nature and rebuild community through strategic design, planning, and education projects. Through our experience in Mill Creek, we seek to demonstrate how to create human settlements that are healthier, economical to build and maintain, more resilient, more beautiful, and more just.

SENSEable City Lab

The SENSEable City Laboratory's research focuses on studying and predicting how digital technology is changing the way we describe, design, and occupy cities.

Interconnected computational elements are increasingly saturating the built environment (whether small-scale mobile devices, or larger-scale infrastructural microprocessors). This new condition allows us to design technology that could function as an interface between people and the city.


P-REX is a groundbreaking design research lab developing non-traditional design solutions to push the boundaries of conventional practice and incorporate resilient thinking into large-scale strategic planning & design.

EPP Presents: Gus Speth, talking about his book, America the Possible

One of America's foremost environmentalists, Gus Speth will describe the dire state of the nation's political economy and offer a blueprint for economic, political, and ecological transformation.

Implementing City Knowledge

Presenters: Fabio Carrera (DUSP PhD ’04) and Stephen Guerin

Aaron Naparstek: Rethinking Motor Vehicle Violence, CDD Fall Forum.

No Accident: Rethinking Motor Vehicle Violence

Aaron Naparstek
Streetsblog.org founder and MIT DUSP Visiting Scholar

Michael Burawoy: The Color of Class Revisited: Four Decades in the Life of Zambian Miners

Michael Burawoy is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, President of the International Sociological Association, and was recently also president of the American Sociological Association from 2002-2005 and is best known as author of Manufacturing Consent: Changes in the Labor Process under Monopoly Capitalism and as the leading proponent of public sociology.

Shahana Chattraj: The Jugaad State: Governing Informality in Mumbai

Shahana Chattraj is a postdoctoral researcher in Global Cities at the Lauder Institute and holds a Ph.D. in urban planning and public affairs from Princeton University. Her dissertation compares urban restructuring in the context of globalization in Mumbai and Shanghai, with a focus on the role of the sub-national state and her current focus is on developing a the political economy of contemporary Mumbai. Lunch will be served.