Activating Urban Design for More Community Engagement

In the third episode of the second season of Planning Ideas that Matter (PITM), hosts Tiffany Ferguson (MCP '18) and Samra Lakew (MCP '20) are joined by Fábio Duarte and DUSP alumna Taskina Tareen (MCP '18) to discuss how design can be leveraged to enhance urban planning goals such as enhancing community engagement, introducing more playfulness into urban experiences, and placemaking.

Duarte is a Lecturer in DUSP, Head of Research Initiatives in the Center for Real Estate, and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Senseable City Lab. Duarte has a background in urban planning and a PhD in communication and technology from the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.

Tareen is an Associate with Utile, a Boston-based firm focused on solving complex urban problems. She is passionate about understanding, improving and enhancing places for communities, better connecting relationships between people, buildings, public realm, and ecological systems. 

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The second season of PITM focuses on how has the global COVID-19 pandemic shaped the field of urban planning, the lessons we have learned from a period of disruption, and where we might go from here.

PITM is produced by DUSP and Dave Lishansky of David Benjamin Sound through the generous support from Bemis Funding and Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Hashim Sarkis.

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