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. 

More than Data: Smart Cities, Big Data, Civic Technology, Data Visualization and Policy

The 2010 Economist Series, The Data Deluge, edited by Neil Cukier peaked everyone’s excitement about the possibilities of Big Data. Corporations, such as IBM, Cisco and Microsoft saw one of the biggest markets for this data to be cities and created programs specifically to cater to those groups. IBM created it’s Smarter Cities program and Cisco created it “Smarter and Connected Communities” programs. Government responded to the demand by opening up more of their data in hopes that organizations outside the government could innovate with the resource.

Crowd Sourced City: Social Media, Technology and Planning Processes

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.


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. 

The City in Film

Over the past 150 years, the world has moved from one characterized by rural settlement patterns and provincial lifestyles to one dominated by urbanization, industrialization, immigration, and globalization. Interestingly, the history of this transformation overlaps nearly perfectly with the development of motion pictures, which have served as silent---and then talking---witnesses to our changing lifestyles, changing cities, and changing attitudes about the increasingly urban world we live in.