Subjects

The Department offers many subjects for undergraduates and graduates alike. These are broken down into core, specialized and research subjects. Each year the Department offers 25 undergraduate and more than 90 graduate subjects of instruction from which each student designs, with faculty guidance, an individual program of study that matches their interests and experiences. 

Many of the courses developed by DUSP faculty are provided free to the public through MIT's Open CourseWare site.

Conflict Chart

 

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
MW (11:00-12:30) (4-370)
prerequisites
description

Examines the evolving structure of cities and the way that cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas can be designed and developed. Surveys the ideas of a wide range of people who have addressed urban problems. Stresses the connection between values and design. Demonstrates how physical, social, political and economic forces interact to shape and reshape cities over time.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
MW 2:30 - 4:00 (9-255)
prerequisites
11.002
description

Provides students with an introduction to public policy analysis. Examines various approaches to policy analysis by considering the concepts, tools, and methods used in economics, political science, and other disciplines. Students apply and critique these approaches through case studies of current public policy problems.

instructors
Gokul Sampath
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR 2:30 - 4:00 PM (5-234)
prerequisites
description

This course introduces undergraduates to the history, theory, and practice of international development. We take an interdisciplinary and applied approach to some of the "big questions" in our field, drawing from history, economics, sociology, and anthropology: What does development mean? Why are some countries poorer than others?

instructors
units
2-2-8
schedule
TR 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (9-425)
prerequisites
description

Real-world clients and environmental problems form the basis of a project in which teams of students develop strategies for analysis and implementation of new sensor technology within cities.  Working closely with a partner or client based on the MIT campus or in Cambridge, students assess the environmental problem, implement prototypes, and recommend promising solutions to the client for imple

instructors
units
2-0-7
schedule
T 2:00 - 4:00 PM (9-217)
prerequisites
description

Seminar on the history of institutions and institutional change in American cities from roughly 1850 to the present. Among the institutions to be looked at are political machines, police departments, courts, schools, prisons, public authorities, and universities. Focuses on readings and discussions.

instructors
N. Ashford, C. Caldart
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 3:30 - 5:00 PM (E51-057 )
prerequisites
description

Analyzes federal and state regulation of air and water pollution, hazardous waste, greenhouse gas emissions, and production/use of toxic chemicals. Analyzes pollution/climate change as economic problems and failure of markets. Explores the role of science and economics in legal decisions.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 2:00 - 3:30 PM (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Investigates the interaction between pedestrian activity, urban form, and land-use patterns in relatively dense urban environments. Informed by recent literature on pedestrian mobility, behavior, and biases, subject takes a practical approach, using software tools and analysis methods to operationalize and model pedestrian activity.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 3:30 - 5:00 PM (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Introduces students to basic principles of US law and legal analysis, focused on property, land use, equal protection, civil rights, fair housing, and local government law, in order to explore who should control how land is used and how.

instructors
M. Thompson, J. Gardony
units
3-6-3
schedule
TR 2:30-4:00 PM (5-134)
prerequisites
description

One of two introductory subjects on teaching and learning science and mathematics in a variety of K-12 settings. Topics include student misconceptions, formative assessment, standards and standardized testing, multiple intelligences, and educational technology.

instructors
units
3-6-3
schedule
TR 1:00 - 2:30 PM (5-134)
prerequisites
description

Immerses students in the process of building and testing their own digital and board games in order to better understand how we learn from games. Explores the design and use of games in the classroom in addition to research and development issues associated with computer-based (desktop and handheld) and non-computer-based media.

instructors
G. Schwanbeck
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 4:00 - 5:30 PM (1-134)
prerequisites
description

Students continue their IAP student teaching through mid March. Topics include educational psychology, theories of learning, and using technology and evaluating its effectiveness to enhance student learning.

instructors
units
4-0-8
schedule
TR 2:00 - 3:30 PM (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Studies financing tools and program models to support and promote local economic development and housing. Overview of public and private capital markets and financing sources helps illustrate market imperfections that constrain economic and housing development and increase race and class disparaties.

instructors
units
3-0-6H
schedule
MW 9:30 - 11:00 AM (9-217)
prerequisites
14.01
description

Presents a theory of comparative differences in international housing outcomes. Introduces institutional differences in the ways housing expenditures are financed, and the economic determinants of housing outcomes, such as construction costs, land values, housing quality, and ownership rates. Analyzes the flow of funds to and from the different national housing finance sectors.

instructors
Sarah Williams, Eden Medina
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (56-169)
prerequisites
description

Introduces students to the social, political, and ethical aspects of data science work. Designed to create reflective practitioners who are able to think critically about how collecting, aggregating, and analyzing data are social processes and processes that affect people.

instructors
units
3-0-3
schedule
TR 2:30 - 4:00 , H4 (E62-250)
prerequisites
description

Examines different aspects of the growth of China, which has the second largest economy in the world. Studies the main drivers of Chinese economic growth and the forces behind the largest urbanization in human history.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
W 2:00 - 5:00 PM (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Examines how Indigenous peoples' relationships to their homelands and local environments has been adversely affected by Western planning.

instructors
units
3-3-6
schedule
MW 2:30 – 4:00 PM (lecture), W 4:00 - 5:00 PM (recitation), F 1:00 - 4:00 PM (lab) (Lecture: 9-354, Recitation + Lab: 9-554 )
prerequisites
description

An introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a tool for visualizing and analyzing spatial data. Explores how GIS can make maps, guide decisions, answer questions, and advocate for change. Class builds toward a project in which students critically apply GIS techniques to an area of interest.

instructors
units
4-1-7
schedule
MW 11:00 - 12:30 PM, R1 F 2:00 - 3:00 PM , R2 F 3:00 - 4:00 PM , R3 R 3:00 - 4:00 PM (Lecture: 37-212, R1 9-450, R2 9-450, R3 9-217)
prerequisites
11.200
description

Builds on 11.200 by exploring in more detail contemporary planning tools and techniques, as well as case studies of planning and urban studies practice.

instructors
units
3-0-3
schedule
TR 11:00 - 12:30 PM (Lecture) , R1 M 5:00 - 6:00 PM , R2 R 2:00 - 3:00 PM , R3 F 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Lecture: 4-231, R1 9-450A, R2 9-217, R3 9-217)
prerequisites
11.203
description

Students use economic theory tools acquired in 11.203 to understand the mutual processes of individual action and structural constraint and investigate crises in search of opportunities for mitigation and reparation.

instructors
units
3-0-3G
schedule
TR 11:00 - 12:30 PM (Lecture) , R1 M 5:00 - 6:30 PM , R2 R 2:00 - 3:30 PM , R3 F 1:30 - 3:00 PM (Lecture: 4-231, R1 9-450A, R2 9-217, R3 9-217)
prerequisites
description

Students develop a suite of tools from economic theory to understand the mutual processes of individual action and structural constraint. Students apply these tools to human interaction and social decision-making. Builds an understanding of producer theory from the collaborative possibilities and physical constraints that unfold as production is scaled up.

instructors
units
2-2-2
schedule
MW 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (lecture) , W 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (recitation), F 1:00 - 4:00 (lab) (Lecture: 9-354, Recitation + Lab: 9-554 )
prerequisites
description

Half 1 class.

instructors
Faizan Siddiqi
units
3-0-3
schedule
T 9:00 - 11:00 AM (Lecture) , R1 W 5:00-6:00 PM, R2 R 4:00 - 5:00 PM (4-163 (Lecture), R1 9-450 , R2 9-217)
prerequisites
description

This course provides an introductory overview of qualitative research methods as a field of intellectual enquiry and practice for planners. Students will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research methods with emphasis on understanding how qualitative methods fit in the oeuvre of research methods more generally.

instructors
Rafi Segal
units
3-0-9
schedule
W 2:00 - 5:00 PM (3-329)
prerequisites
description

Considers ways in which collaborative approaches to living can reshape architecture and the city. Students investigate historic and present spatial models and platforms (digital and physical) of collaboration and sharing.

instructors
Gilad Rosenzweig, Svafa Gronfeldt
units
2-4-6
schedule
F 9:00 AM -1:00 PM (9-255)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Students work in entrepreneurial teams to advance innovative ideas, products, services, and firms oriented to design and the built environment. Lectures, demonstrations, and presentations are supplemented by workshop time, when teams interact individually with instructors and industry mentors, and by additional networking events and field trips.

instructors
Jinhua Zhao, Annie Hudson
units
1-0-2
schedule
F 12:00 - 1:00 PM (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Survey of the latest transportation research offered by 12 MIT faculty each presenting their ongoing research. Students are required to attend the classes, read the assigned articles, and write a brief reflection memo.  

instructors
units
3-6-3
schedule
TR 1:00 - 2:30 PM (5-134)
prerequisites
description

Immerses students in the process of building and testing their own digital and board games in order to better understand how we learn from games. Explores the design and use of games in the classroom in addition to research and development issues associated with computer-based (desktop and handheld) and non-computer-based media.

instructors
units
4-0-8G
schedule
TR 3:30 - 5:30 PM (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Investigates social conflict and distributional disputes in the public sector. While theoretical aspects of conflict and consensus building are considered, focus is on the practice of negotiation and dispute resolution. Comparisons between unassisted and assisted negotiation are reviewed along with the techniques of facilitation and mediation.

instructors
units
3-0-3
schedule
TR 2:30 - 4:00 , H4 (E62-250)
prerequisites
description

Examines different aspects of the growth of China, which has the second largest economy in the world. Studies the main drivers of Chinese economic growth and the forces behind the largest urbanization in human history.

instructors
M. Winkenbach
units
2-0-4
schedule
TR 10:00 - 11:30 AM , H4 (E51-057)
prerequisites
SCM.254 or permission of instructor
description

Explores specific challenges of urban last-mile B2C and B2B distribution in both industrialized and emerging economies. Develops an in-depth understanding of the perspectives, roles, and decisions of all relevant stakeholder groups, from consumers to private sector decision makers and public policy makers.

instructors
units
3-0-9 / PRACTICUM
schedule
W 2:00 - 5:00 PM (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Examines how Indigenous peoples' relationships to their homelands and local environments has been adversely affected by Western planning.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
M 3:00 - 6:00 PM (10-401)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Examines ways urban design contributes to distribution of political power and resources in cities. Investigates the nature of relations between built form and political purposes through close study of a wide variety of situations where public sector design commissions and planning processes have been clearly motivated by political pressures.

instructors
units
6-0-12H
schedule
MW 2:30 - 5:30 PM Lecture, M 6:00 - 7:30 PM Recitation (10-485)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Focuses on the synthesis of urban, mixed-use real estate projects, including the integration of physical design and programming with finance and marketing. Interdisciplinary student teams analyze how to maximize value across multiple dimensions in the process of preparing professional development proposals for sites in US cities and internationally.

instructors
units
6-0-9 PRACTICUM
schedule
W (5:30-7:30), F 9:00 AM -1:00 PM (10-485)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Introduces a range of practical approaches involved in evaluating and planning sites within the context of natural and cultural systems. Develops the knowledge and skills to analyze and plan a site for development through exercises and an urban design project.

instructors
Andrea Chegut
units
4-0-8
schedule
TR 12:00 - 2:00 PM (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Core skills for real estate development, design, and planning are shifting to encompass analytics in data science and machine learning. Introduces the principles of data science and machine learning that are impacting the domain of real estate today.

instructors
Manish Srivastava
units
3-0-3
schedule
F 3:30 - 6:30 PM , H4 (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on analyzing a variety of unique international real estate investment and development transactions. Blends real estate investing and development decision-making with discussion-based learning from a multidisciplinary standpoint.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 2:00 - 3:30 PM (10-401 )
prerequisites
description

Investigates the interaction between pedestrian activity, urban form, and land-use patterns in relatively dense urban environments. Informed by recent literature on pedestrian mobility, behavior, and biases, subject takes a practical approach, using software tools and analysis methods to operationalize and model pedestrian activity.

instructors
Andrea Chegut
units
2-0-4
schedule
TR 10:30 - 11:30 AM , H4 (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Seeks to examine the technological change and innovation that is disrupting the foundation of how we create the built environment. Through a series of educational workshops, students scout, catalog, and track technologies by looking at new real estate uses, products, processes, and organizational strategies at MIT labs and around the globe.

instructors
units
arranged
schedule
W 5:00 - 8:00 PM (5-233)
prerequisites
11.001, 11.301, or permission of instructor
description

Examines the complex development of cities through history by tracing a diachronic accumulation of forms and spaces in specific cities, and showing how significant ideas were made manifest across distinct geographies and cultures. Emphasizes how economic, spiritual, political, geographic and technological forces have simultaneously shaped and, in turn, been influenced by the city. 

instructors
Miho Mazereeuw
units
0-10-11
schedule
T 1:00 - 6:00 PM and F 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Studio)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

The design of urban environments. Strategies for change in large areas of cities, to be developed over time, involving different actors. Fitting forms into natural, man-made, historical, and cultural contexts; enabling desirable activity patterns; conceptualizing built form; providing infrastructure and service systems; guiding the sensory character of development.

instructors
units
2-0-7G
schedule
W 9:00-11:00 AM (10-401)
prerequisites
description

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.

instructors
C. Gordon
units
2-0-4
schedule
TR 4:00-5:30 PM , H3 (9-354)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Develops a strong strategic understanding of how best to deliver various types of projects in the built environment. Examines the compatibility of various project delivery methods, consisting of organizations, contracts, and award methods, with certain types of projects and owners.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 9:00 - 10:30 AM , W 6:00 - 7:30 PM Recitation (9-354)
prerequisites
Basic real estate courses and/or permission of instructor.
description

Offers insight into tension and synergy between sustainability and the real estate industry. Considers why sustainability matters for real estate, how real estate can contribute to sustainability and remain profitable, and what investment and market opportunities exist for sustainable real estate products and how they vary across asset classes.

instructors
Tod McGrath
units
3-0-9G
schedule
R 6:00-9:00 PM (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on key business and legal issues within the principal agreements used to lease, finance, and restructure a real estate venture.

instructors
Walter Torous
units
3-0-6H
schedule
MW 12:30-2:00 PM (9-354)
prerequisites
11.431 OR 15.401 or Permission of Instructor
description

Investigates the economics and finance of securitization. Considers the basic mechanics of structuring deals for various asset-backed securities. Investigates the pricing of pooled assets, using Monte Carlo and other option pricing techniques, as well as various trading strategies used in these markets.

instructors
units
3-0-6H
schedule
MW 9:30-11:00 AM (9-217)
prerequisites
description

Presents a theory of comparative differences in international housing outcomes. Introduces institutional differences in the ways housing expenditures are financed, and the economic determinants of housing outcomes, such as construction costs, land values, housing quality, and ownership rates. Analyzes the flow of funds to and from the different national housing finance sectors.

instructors
units
schedule
TR 3:30 - 5:00 PM (10-401)
prerequisites
description

Introduces students to basic principles of US law and legal analysis, focused on property, land use, equal protection, civil rights, fair housing, and local government law, in order to explore who should control how land is used and how.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
M 2:00 - 5:00 PM (9-450)
prerequisites
Prereq: 14.01 and 11.202 or 11.203 OR Permission of instructor
description

Examines theories of infrastructure from science and technology studies, history, economics, and anthropology in order to understand the prospects for change for many new and existing infrastructure systems. Examines how these theories are then implemented within systems in the modern city, including but not limited to, energy, water, transportation, and telecommunications infrastructure.

instructors
T. Kochan, B. Dyer
units
2-2-2
schedule
TR 8:30 - 10:00 AM (E62-250)
prerequisites
description

Examines managing work in the 21st century as technological advances transform the organization of the firm.  Students interview workers and explore leading-edge firms who apply human- and worker-centered design to augment rather than replace people. Draws on materials from the MIT Task Force on Work of the Future and the online course Shaping Work of the Future.

instructors
A. Stanbury
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 2:30 - 4:00 PM (E62-346)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

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.

instructors
G. Schuck
units
3-0-3
schedule
W 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM , H4 (9-357)
prerequisites
description

Designed to help students deepen their understanding of leadership and increase self-awareness. They reflect on their authentic leadership styles and create goals and a learning plan to develop their capabilities. They also participate in activities to strengthen their "leadership presence" - the ability to authentically connect with people's hearts and minds.

instructors
David Geltner, R. de Neufville
units
2-0-4G
schedule
TR (4:00-5:30) , H4 (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Introduction to analytical tools to support design and decision-making in real estate, infrastructure development, and investment. Particular focus on identifying and valuing sources of flexibility using "real options," Monte-Carlo simulation, and other techniques from the field of engineering systems.

instructors
P. Roth
units
3-0-3
schedule
MW 12:00 - 2:00 PM , H3 (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Provides an overview of affordable and mixed-income housing development for students who wish to understand the fundamental issues and requirements of urban scale housing development, and the process of planning, financing and developing such housing. Students gain practical experience assembling a mixed-income housing development proposal.

instructors
units
4-0-8
schedule
TR 2:00 - 3:30 PM (9-451)
prerequisites
description

Studies financing tools and program models to support and promote local economic development and housing. Overview of public and private capital markets and financing sources helps illustrate market imperfections that constrain economic and housing development and increase race and class disparaties.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
W 2:00 - 5:00 PM (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Investigates how housing -- markets, policies, and individual and collective actions -- stratifies society. Students develop structural frameworks to understand the processes of stratification. Grounding work and research in history, students identify the ways that housing markets and housing market interventions reflect, reinforce, and (occasionally) combat social inequities.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
W 3:00 - 5:00 PM (9-217)
prerequisites
description

Combines state-of-the-art research on evictions and displacement globally (in the context of the global crisis of evictions, land grabbing, and gentrification) with the study of policy and practical responses to displacement, assisted by selected case studies.

instructors
R. Goethert
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (3-329)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Examines dynamic relationship among key actors: beneficiaries, government, and funder. Emphasis on cost recovery, affordability, replicability, user selection, and project administration. Extensive case examples provide basis for comparisons. In person not required.

instructors
S. E. Murcott, S. L. Hsu
units
3-0-9
schedule
T 12:00 - 3:00 PM (N51-310)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on disseminating Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) innovations in low-income countries and underserved communities worldwide. Structured around project-based learning, lectures, discussions, and student-led tutorials.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
T 2:00 - 5:00 PM (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Explores the spatialization of conflict and peace from perspectives within the humanities and social sciences.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
R 2:00 - 5:00PM (9-450)
prerequisites
description

Explores relationships between built environments and memory to consider the spaces and spatial practices in which the future of the past is imagined, negotiated, and contested.

instructors
Albert Saiz, R. K. Cameron
units
2-0-1
schedule
T 2:00 - 3:30 PM , T 6:00 - 7:00 PM Recitation , H3 (9-354)
prerequisites
description

Seminar provides students with a concise overview of the requirements for thesis writing and submission. Covers types of theses, COUHES requirements, formatting and submission requirements and stipulations. Culminates in submission of thesis proposal.

instructors
units
2-2-2
schedule
MW 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (lecture) , W 4:00 - 5:00 PM (recitation), F 1:00 - 4:00 PM (lab) (Lecture: 9-354, Recitation + Lab: 9-554 )
prerequisites
11.205 OR Permission of instructor
description

Includes spatial analysis exercises using real-world data sets, building toward an independent project in which students critically apply GIS techniques to an area of interest. Students build data discovery, cartography, and spatial analysis skills while learning to reflect on power and positionality within the research design process.

instructors
units
2-2-2H
schedule
T 4:00 - 6:00 PM (lecture), R 4:00 - 6:00 PM (lab), H3 (Lecture: 9-450A, Lab: 9-554 )
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Developments in urban science, the rise of 'big data', and the widespread embrace of the open data movement are coalescing into new opportunities for planners to develop varied representations of urban environments requiring large quantities of data. At the same time, urban archives are more available than ever before.

instructors
units
2-2-2
schedule
T 2:00 - 4:00 PM (lecture), R 4:00 - 6:00 (lab), H4 begins March 28th (Lecture: 9-450A, Lab: 9-554 )
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

The broad availability of spatial data on and in cities means that planners can understand both 'what is where' and 'what was where, when' with an unprecedented level of detail. However, 'where' questions often produce more questions than answers.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
MW 9:30 - 11:00 AM (9-255)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Focuses on the integration of land use and transportation planning, drawing from cases in both industrialized and developing countries. Reviews underlying theories, analytical techniques, and the empirical evidence of the land use-transportation relationship at the metropolitan, intra-metropolitan, and micro-scales.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
F 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (9-255)
prerequisites
description

Combines classroom lectures/discussion, readings, site visits, and field study to provide students with experience in various research techniques including stakeholder analysis, interviewing, photography and image analysis, focus groups, etc.

instructors
N. Ashford, C. Caldart
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 3:30 - 5:00 PM (E51-057 )
prerequisites
description

Analyzes federal and state regulation of air and water pollution, hazardous waste, greenhouse gas emissions, and production/use of toxic chemicals. Analyzes pollution/climate change as economic problems and failure of markets. Explores the role of science and economics in legal decisions.

instructors
Ceasar McDowell, Barbara Dyer , Leigh Hafrey , Thomas Kochan
units
3-1-5 / PRACTICUM
schedule
W 2:30 - 5:30 PM (E62-262)
prerequisites
description

Practical exploration of community revitalization in America's small towns and rural regions. Focuses on work, community, and culture. Consists of rigorous classroom discussions, research, and team projects with community development organizations. 

instructors
units
3-0-6H
schedule
W 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (9-450)
prerequisites
Prereq: 11.233 AND Coreq: 11.801
description

Required subject intended solely for 1st-year DUSP PhD students. Develops capacity of doctoral students to become independent scholars by helping them to prepare their first-year papers and plan for their dissertation work. Focuses on the process by which theory, research questions, literature reviews, and new data are synthesized into new and original contributions to the literature.

instructors
units
1-1-1
schedule
W 12:30 - 1:30 PM (E14-140L)
prerequisites
Permission of
description

Introduces critical theories and contemporary practices in the field of urbanism that challenge its paradigms and advance its future. Includes theoretical linkages between ideas about the cultures of urbanization, social and political processes of development, environmental tradeoffs of city making, and the potential of design disciplines to intervene to change the future of built forms.

instructors
units
Arranged
schedule
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prerequisites
description

Familiarizes students with the practice of planning, by requiring actual experience in professional internship placements. Enables students to both apply what they are learning in their classes in an actual professional setting and to reflect, using a variety of platforms, on the learning -- personal and professional -- growing out of their internship experience.

instructors
Fábio Duarte, Adriano Borges Costa
units
2-0-1
schedule
TR 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM , H4: starts March 28 until April 21 (8 meetings) (9-450A)
prerequisites
description

Explores changes in the built environment expected from transportation investments, and how they can be used to promote sustainable and equitable cities. Reflects on how notable characteristics of cities can be explained by their historical and current transportation features.

instructors
Erica Caple James, Enjoli Hall, Darien Alexander Williams
units
3-0-9
schedule
T 2:00 - 5:00 PM (9-255)
prerequisites
description

Description

instructors
units
2-0-10
schedule
T 9:00 - 11:00 AM (9-217)
prerequisites
description

In the 1970s, increasing income inequality began eroding the well-being and security of Americans. Long-standing inequities and lack of access to wealth across racial groups and among men and women accelerated, leaving more Americans unable to secure for themselves stable and reliable livelihoods for their families and loved ones.

instructors
Garnette Cadogan, Miho Mazereeuw
units
3-0-9
schedule
M 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (4-144)
prerequisites
Application Letter Required: Submit a letter of no more than 500wds that explains your interest in the course and give an example of a design or artwork that invites joy and of another that helps people confront grief. Permission of Instructor.
description

How do we design places that reflect and elicit joy? How about places that allow us to acknowledge or express grief? We will examine the role of care in architecture and design and how it finds expression through joy and grief as expressed by interventions in public space. We will look at memorials, playgrounds, parks, promenades, and a variety of places of gathering and solitude.

instructors
units
2-0-10
schedule
W 5:00 - 7:00 PM (9-450A)
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description
instructors
Bish Sanyal, R. Mehrotra, M. Chen
units
2-0-10
schedule
MW 4:30 - 5:45PM , Start date is January 31st! (This class is located at Harvard - Gund Hall - Room 516 )
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description

This course will introduce the students to four strands of research regarding the urban informal economy in developing nations. First, it will provide an overview of the literature on cites and urban informal economy dating back to 1950. This overview will help students to learn the various theoretical approaches to the understanding of the urban informal economy: What is it?

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR 9:30 - 11:00 AM (9-451)
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description

Every landscape represents an incomplete or interrupted plan that tells time. Physical landscapes provide evidence of successful, failed and emergent development plans, but only the learned eye sees beyond the material culture of the street.

instructors
Erica Caple James, Enjoli Hall, Darien Alexander Williams
units
3-0-9
schedule
T 2:00 - 5:00 PM (9-255)
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description

What is planning? Who or what institutions have had the formal capacity to ‘plan’ in the modernist, rationalist sense of the term? What does it mean to ascribe to planning a racial, ethnic, or national descriptor, such as “Black”?

instructors
units
2-0-10
schedule
T 9:00 - 11:00 AM (9-217)
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description

In the 1970s, increasing income inequality began eroding the well-being and security of Americans. Long-standing inequities and lack of access to wealth across racial groups and among men and women accelerated, leaving more Americans unable to secure for themselves stable and reliable livelihoods for their families and loved ones.

instructors
units
3-3-6
schedule
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM (9-217)
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Entry level coding Python and/or MATLAB. Knowledge in mathematics, physics or computer science is preferred but not required.
description

Since their emergence around 10,000 years ago, cities have evolved into the most magnificent and consequential artifacts in human history. Today, big data and new computational methods and tools are empowering us to study these forces quantitively for the first time in history.

instructors
Seunghoon Lee
units
2-0-4
schedule
F 2:00 - 3:30 PM (9-354)
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description
instructors
units
arranged
schedule
R 9:00-11:00 AM (32-155)
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description

Program of research and writing of thesis; to be arranged by the student with supervising committee.

instructors
Cong Cong, Rea Lavi
units
1-0-2
schedule
M 4:00 - 5:00 PM (32-124)
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description

Introduces students to the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) Ways of Thinking, which are cognitive approaches for tackling complex challenges, valued by industry and for thriving in an uncertain and rapidly changing world. The NEET Ways of Thinking include, among many others, creative, ethical, critical, analytical, and systems-level thinking.