Fall 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Urban Films: Beaubourg (1977)

The great Neo-Realist Roberto Rossellini’s beautiful and languid final film documents the opening of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, candidly presenting a city's response to a major new cultural phenomenon.

Territorial Form/ Forms of Territory

Neeraj Bhatia

This lecture will examine the concept of pluralism in defining new forms of urban territories.

This lecture is part of the CAU fall lecture series, full list available here 


Neeraj Bhatia

Co-Director, InfraNet Lab, Founder, The Open Workshop

Alumni Profiles: Vishaan Chakrabarti (MCP 1993)

We recently asked a number of alumni to share their reflections on the value of their DUSP education.  From time to time, we will feature their responses in this space.

ARCHIPELAGO- TOWN. A sustainable model for urban growth


Archipelago Town-lines: an app proposing a new urban growth model gleaned from an architect’s traveling notes


Three "archipelago-towns"—Berlin, Beirut, Venice—reveal their hidden urban geometry, their rites and culture, and the possible future of urban growth and de-growth.
A work by conrad-bercah, architect.

Between 2009 and 2011 the state-less architect conrad-bercah lived in three different symbolic cities—Berlin, Beirut, Venice—analyzing and studying their less evident urban and social qualities.

A Country of Cities

Vishaan Chakrabarti

A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation.

This lecture is part of the CAU fall lecture series, full list available here 


Vishaan Chakrabarti

Principal, SHoP Architects, Director, CURE, Columbia University

Judy Layzer named Director of Martin Fellows

Judy Layzer will be taking over as director of the MIT Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, a program supporting a multi-disciplinary research of environmental sustainability at the graduate level.  Martin Fellows are dedicated to a collaborative approach to the critical issues associated with environmental sustainability.

In This Building: Multimedia and Place-Based Storytelling

Provides students with an opportunity to produce place-based multimedia stories in collaboration with city residents. Examines cumulative, self-told, and collective storytelling methods, as well as fictional and journalistic representations. Students will create multimedia portraits of residential buildings in greater Boston. Physical buildings, their histories, and land under them also will be considered. This course is taught in collaboration with the Boston Globe.

DUSP Newest Faculty Member: Jinhua Zhao

Starting Fall 2013, Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Career Development Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at DUSP. He holds Master of Science, Master of City Planning and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Tongji University. He studies travel behavior and transportation policy, public transit management, and China’s urbanization and mobility. He sees transportation as a language, to describe a person, to characterize a city, and to understand an institution.

Urban Films: Hands Over the City (1963)

Rod Steiger stars as a scheming land developer in this blistering work of social realism from 1963. An exposé of the politically driven real-estate speculation that devastated Naples's civilian landscape, the film moves breathlessly from a cataclysmic building collapse to the backroom negotiations of civic leaders vying for power in a city council election, laying bare the inner workings of corruption with passion and outrage.  Directed by Francesco Rosi. Winner of the Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival. 105 minutes; Italian with English subtitles.