Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Reaching Ghana’s Sanitation Millennium Development Goal by 2015?

Ghana is seriously off-track in meeting the Millennium Development Goal for Sanitation by 2015, yet it is a stable, peaceful, democratic country that has been re-classified from low-income to low-middle income in 2011 by the World Bank, so an enabling environment is present. In this Practicum we will conduct a Participatory Planning Process and Situation Analysis with a focus on 3 major cities: Tamale, Accra and Kumasi, Ghana engaging the challenges through the lens of innovation, gender, technology and development..

Kevin Lynch Award Seminar

This seminar provides participants a unique opportunity to find
nominations for the 2013 Kevin Lynch Award - a renowned international award for
outstanding work in urban design, planning, or scholarship. The Kevin Lynch
Award was established to honor the memory of Kevin Lynch, an MIT alumnus, urban
designer, author and member of the faculty of the Department of Urban Studies
and Planning for thirty years. Since its establishment in 1988, the MIT
department of urban studies and planning has granted Kevin Lynch Awards to

Economic Development Policy & Practice Workshop: Clinical Strategies for Wealth Creation

Seminar and project-based  learning using the following framework:

FOCUSES ON PLACE: Respects, builds on and advances the work people are already doing.

IMPROVES LIVELIHOODS with a systems approach to development that creates multiple forms of wealth that re owned and controlled locally.

This wealth creation approach:

INCENTIVIZES COLLABORATION: Breaks out of economic isolation by building regional collaborations and tapping market demand.

Advanced Seminar on Development Theories

Advanced Seminar for doctoral students to discuss core theories in the development field and provide IDG general examination preparation.

Planning for Healthy Communities: A Workshop



Given the health resources  from the Affordable Care Act, the six-week workshop focuses on exploration of the options, metrics, and strategies for generating improved health outcomes.  In addition to encouraging participants to re-imagine a healthy community, the workshop explores existing efforts, stakeholder interests, and strategies for service delivery, upgrading housing, workforce development, strengthening community agencies, and collaboration between health institutions and community organizations.      


Bogota, Colombia Workshop: Formal and Informal, Public Space and Urban Equity

This workshop is an international collaboration between MIT School of Architecture + Planning and three universities in Bogotá, Colombia: the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad de Los Andes and the Universidad de la Salle in order to envision, plan, and design prototypical criteria and design solutions as relevant proposals for decision makers, the community, institutions and other stakeholders around issues of the formal informal conflict in the area of the Parque Tercer Milenio in Bogotá, Colombia.

Crowd Sourced City: Social Media, Technology & the Planning Process

Social media networks, crowd sourcing, cell phone applications all allow us to see and understand cities and our role within them using a new lens. This workshop class will investigate the use of social media and digital technologies for planning and advocacy by working with actual planning and advocacy organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate prototype digital tools. Students will use the development of their digital tools as a way to investigate how new media technologies can be used for planning.  

Social & Political Theory: The Practice of Politics

Examines social and political theories, including planning theories, from the early 20th century to the present, in terms of how they address three questions: social structure, social change, and human agency. The course will also examine methodological implications with a particular focus on the role of lived experience in the creation of knowledge.

International Housing Economics & Finance

The course will develop a theory of comparative differences in international housing outcomes. We will  learn about institutional differences in the ways housing expenditures are financed, and about the economic determinants of housing outcomes, such as construction costs, land values, housing quality, and ownership rates.