Globalization, in its different meanings, has exerted a singular conception of the world.  While we are working hard to understand its impact on the political and economic levels, its less-than-satisfactory spatial manifestations have yet to find the adequate tools to address them. Despite the fact that environmental, demographic, and land use questions have acquired a global scale, we continue to respond to them at the scale of cities and buildings.

Advanced Workshop in Writing for Social Sciences and Architecture (ELS)

Focuses on techniques, format, and prose used in academic and professional life. Emphasis on writing required in fields such as economics, political science, and architecture. Short assignments include business letters, memos, and proposals that lead toward a written term project. Methods designed to accommodate those whose first language is not English. Develops effective writing skills for academic and professional contexts. Models, materials, topics and assignments vary from term to term. Placement test or permission of instructor required.

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.