Designed for students writing a thesis in Urban Studies and Planning or Architecture. Develop research topics, review relevant research and scholarship, frame research questions and arguments, choose an appropriate methodology for analysis, and draft introductory and methodology sections.
“Pretext securitization of Boston’s public realm after 9/11: Motives, actors and a role for planners” by Susan Silberberg is the culminating chapter in Policing Cities: Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (Routledge, 2013). Silberberg identifies the changes in Boston’s public spaces and privately owned “public” spaces after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and assesses the motives, players and planning roles in these public realm transformations.
Open House for Prospective Students (MS, MCP, PhD programs). Please see the full schedule for more detailed information. You are required to RSVP for the event no later than October 21st. Space is limited.
Focuses on the connection (or not) between mind (theory) and matter (lived experience). Examines basic tenets of classical and recent political economic theories and their explication in ideas of market economies, centrally planned economies, social market economies, and co-creative economies. Assesses theories according to their relation to the lived experiences of people in communities and workplaces.
China urbanized 350 million people in the past 30 years and is poised to do it again in the next three decades. China’s urbanization is immense and rapid but largely “out of sync”. This subject poses three questions: 1) To what extent are multiple interpretations of urbanization desynchronized in China—causing tensions and discontinuities between people and land, between economy and environment, between urban financing and urban form, and between locals and migrants?
Introduction to the theory of action research and more generally to competing ideas about the uses of social research to promote social change. Focus will be on the epistemological foundations for action research, knowledge generation in action research, the role of the “friendly outsider,” action science and organizational learning, participatory evaluation and arguments for and against phronetic social science. Students will be expect to complete a careful analysis of actual PAR cases.
Practice-based class engages students on advocacy and participatory planning for basic services in water, sanitation, and health through on-site field work and reflective discussion in a peri-urban district of Maputo, the Mozambican capital, and in Cambridge with Mozambican partners in order to: Develop and expand a methodology for studying affordability, as distinct from ‘willingness to pay’ and ‘ability to pay’ studies, at the neighborhood-scale and with specific reference to water, sanitation, and health needs; Connect and visualize data from randomized household survey
Cities are massive, interconnected, complicated systems, but luckily there are techniques to observe and make sense of them. In particular, in the seminar we will get to know Greater Boston and the field of urban planning by thinking about urban systems and urban data.
Students work with web-based tools designed for use in a professional setting. Discussions are based on results from tools, their interpretation, and their meaning. Assessment is based on a series of memos developed as students complete the tool assignments.
Introduces a suite of tools representing the basic set of practices used in the development field. Relevant to all students interested in the structure and function of local, state, national and international economic contexts. Presents a Wealth Creation framework that focuses on place, improving livelihoods, incentivizing collaboration, creating multiple forms of wealth, and promoting local ownership.