Spring 2015

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, January 2, 2015

Innovative Products, Spaces and Technology in Commercial Development

The course's core objective is for students to explore the economic drivers and outcomes of innovation within the context of real estate development. Technological change, innovation and disruption are important dynamics within real estate development. Students will discover an array of innovative real estate development opportunities in buildings, land and technology space. The class focus is on pollinizing technological innovation itself and adopting economically sound innovation in mixed use development. 

Urban Design Studio: Providing Infrastructure for Informal Settlements in Bello, Colombia

The course concentrates on developing the knowledge and skills to make one capable of analyzing and planning in circumstances in which to intervene in the spaces of urban informality. It develops tools to understand the evolution of this ever changing urban forms and introduce the students to new typologies of interventions on such contexts. It does this learning by using guidance and the expertise from community members. 

Shanghai and China's Modernization

Considers the history and function of Shanghai, from 1840 to the present, and its rise from provincial backwater to international metropolis. Examines its role as a primary point of economic, political, and social contact between China and the world, and the strong grip Shanghai holds on both the Chinese and foreign imagination. Students discuss the major events and figures of Shanghai, critique the classic historiography, and complete an independent project on Shanghai history.

City to City: Comparing, Researching and Writing about Cities

Introduces client-oriented research and the use of urban planning tools. Students work directly with government and community agencies to find solutions to real world problems; interview planners and other field experts, and write and present findings to client and community audiences. Opportunity to travel for research. Limited to 14; preference to Course 11 majors. Enrollment limited to 14.

Technology, Innovation, and International Development

This seminar explores the role of science, technology, and innovation in international development. It is inspired by the seminal work of Joseph Schumpeter, The Theory of Economic Development, published in 1912. Drawing from contemporary economic developments, it aims to achieve four main objectives. First, it examines the co-evolutionary dynamics of technological change and economic complexity. Second, it reviews the relevance of complexity analysis in understanding the geography of innovation with specific emphasis on industrial clusters.

Institutions of Modern Capitalism and Market Society

Do markets constitute a morally fair and economically efficient means of societal organization? Why have market institutions and logics become so pervasive in modern society? This course focuses on the origins and evolution of the institutions of modern capitalism by analyzing the politics of markets and the rise of ‘market society.’ It interrogates the processes through which markets have become a legitimate institution of economic exchange that is increasingly pervasive across broad areas of social life.

Advanced Workshop in Landscape+Urbanism

This workshop experiments with emerging trends in the fields of landscape architecture and urbanism as they relate to MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism’s (CAU) biannual special topic: “The Future of Suburbia.” Modern suburban development has endured in our cultural imagination for almost a century. Despite mounting environmental, social, and political pressure for its reform, the suburban model remains the most ubiquitous form of development in the metropolitan region.

Analyzing Public Policy and Organizations

A critical aspect of public policy design and implementation is to performance evaluation.

Resilient Urban Communities

Focuses on community resilience, including disaster resilience, and climate change adaptation. Topics include concepts of resilience and adaptation, characterization of community assets, vulnerability of critical infrastructure services and community operations, potential systems interventions for community resilience, national, regional  and local policies on resilience and adaptation, and current community planning for resilience and adaptation. 

American Urban History I

Seminar on the history of institutions and institutional change in American cities from roughly 1850 to the present. Among the institutions to be looked at are political machines, police departments, courts, schools, prisons, public authorities, and universities. Focuses on readings and discussions.