Digital City Design Workshop

The Digital Revolution is changing the way we live today as radically as the Industrial Revolution did almost two centuries ago. As urbanization accelerates across the world, digital media and information technologies hold huge potential for understanding, designing, and managing cities. Over the last few years, the Senseable City Lab has aimed to anticipate the needs and opportunities that now exist in our cities as they incorporate these new technologies into the built environment, as research insights and new design solutions.

Urban Design Seminar: Perspectives on Contemporary Practice

Examines innovations in urban design practice occurring through the work of leading practitioners in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Features lectures by major national and global practitioners in urban design. Projects and topics vary based on term and speakers but may cover architectural urbanism, landscape and ecology, arts and culture, urban design regulation and planning agencies, and citywide and regional design. Focuses on analysis and synthesis of themes discussed in presentations and discussions.

Planning in Practice

Provides practical experience through internships secured by the student in the field of urban planning.

Big Data, Visualization, and Society

Data visualization is an important way for architects, planners, and policy experts to communicate with the public and its use has increased dramatically. This is due to the explosion of “big data”, the open data movement that provides greater access to government data, new tools for developing static and interactive data visualizations that invite public participation, and the current media culture that supports the consumption of information through visual snapshots.

Housing and Land Use in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions

Studies current urban controversies over affordable housing, land redevelopment, and public space, with special attention to property rights. Reviews how law, economics, sociology and planning theories frame these issues and interplays them with spatial approaches of urban design and geography. Explores cases that use property rights strategies to increase economic growth and social justice, providing insight for future design and policymaking. Topics include land trusts for affordable housing, mixed-use public space, and critical cartography.

Senseable Cities

Studies how ubiquitous and real-time information technology can help us to understand and improve cities and regions. Explores the impact of integrating real-time information technology into the built environment. Introduces theoretical foundations of ubiquitous computing. Provides technical tools for tactile development of small-scale projects. Limited to 24.

Urban Labor Markets and Employment Policy

Discusses the broader trends in the labor market, how urban labor markets function, public and private training policy, other labor market programs, the link between labor market policy and economic development, and the organization of work within firms.

Revitalizing Urban Main Streets

Workshop explores the integration of economic development and physical planning interventions to revitalize urban commercial districts. Covers: an overview of the causes of urban business district decline, revitalization challenges, and the strategies to address them; the planning tools used to understand and assess urban Main Streets from both physical design and economic development perspectives; and the policies, interventions, and investments used to foster urban commercial revitalization.

Research Seminar in Urban Ecology

This limited enrollment course will focus on the structure, function and history of managed and unmanaged urban natural areas. In recent years there has been an increased recognition of the important ecological services that natural areas can provide in terms of the improvement of water and soil quality, the reduction of ambient air temperature, the promotion of biological diversity and in making cities more livable and attractive for their human inhabitants.