Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

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.

Securitization of Mortgages and Other Assets

Investigates the economics and finance of securitization, a practice that allows illiquid assets to be transformed into more liquid securities. Considers the basic mechanics of structuring deals for various asset-backed securities. Investigates the pricing of pooled assets, using Monte Carlo and other option pricing techniques, as well as various trading strategies used in these markets.

Public Transportation Systems

Evolution and role of urban public transportation modes, systems, and services, focussing on bus and rail. Description of technological characteristics and their impacts on capacity, service quality, and cost. Current practice and new methods for data collection and analysis, performance monitoring, route design, frequency determination, and vehicle and crew scheduling. Effect of pricing policy and service quality on ridership. Methods for estimating costs associated with proposed service changes.