11.307J / 4.173J
China Urban Design Studio

Permission of Instructor
Limited to 10

Design studio that includes architects and city planners working in teams on a contemporary development project of importance in China, particularly in transitional, deindustrializing cities. Students analyze conditions, explore alternatives, and synthesize architecture, city design, and implementation plans. Lectures and brief study tours expose students to history and contemporary issues of urbanism in China. Offered each spring at MIT in parallel with urban design studio at Tsinghua University, Beijing, involving students and faculty from both schools. In Spring 2021 the studio will have a special topic and site: the reconstruction and restoration of civic space in the Karantina neighborhood of Beirut, Lebanon. This neighborhood was badly damaged in the August 2020 port explosion. Students will pursue 'social urbanism' strategies to promote social equity and connectivity to the larger city. Partners for Spring 2021 will be the urban design program at American University Beirut and an urban design studio at Tsinghua University, China. Studio activities will occur online and travel will not be possible due to covid-19.