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) (Virtual )
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
Silvia Danielak
units
3-0-9 U
schedule
TR (9:30-11:00) (Virtual)
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
3-0-9
schedule
MW (2:00-3:30) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Explores the evolution of poverty and economic security in the US within a global context. Examines the impacts of recent economic restructuring and globalization. Reviews current debates about the fate of the middle class, sources of increasing inequality, and approaches to advancing economic opportunity and security. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

instructors
Nicholas Ashford, Charles Caldart
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (3:30 - 5:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Reviews and analyzes federal and state regulation of air and water pollution, hazardous waste, green-house gas emissions, and the production and use of toxic chemicals. Analyzes pollution as an economic problem and the failure of markets. Explores the role of science and economics in legal decisions.

instructors
units
3-0-9 / HASS-S
schedule
TR 4:00 - 5:00PM (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Introduces client-oriented research and the use of urban planning tools. Students work directly with government and community agencies to find solutions to real world problems; interview planners and other field experts, and write and present findings to client and community audiences.

instructors
units
2-4-6
schedule
F (10:00-12:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Provides an opportunity for MIT students to become certified in methods of assessing the vulnerability of public agencies (particularly agencies that manage critical urban infrastructure) to the risk of cyberattack. Certification involves completing an 8-hour, self-paced, online set of four modules during the first four weeks of the semester followed by a competency exam.

instructors
units
0-0-3
schedule
Arranged (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Independent study for students enrolled in the Digital Cities New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) thread. Students must attend three speaker events (lectures or talks) relevant to urban science, and write a report on how different discussions help them to contextualize the understanding in digital cities and connect their NEET project-based learning experience.

instructors
units
3-0-6 / HASS-S
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Explores the physical, ecological, technological, political, economic and cultural implications of big plans and mega-urban landscapes in a global context. Uses local and international case studies to understand the process of making major changes to urban landscape and city fabric, and to regional landscape systems. Includes lectures by leading practitioners.

instructors
units
3-6-3
schedule
TR (2:30 - 4:00) (Virtual)
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) (VIrtual)
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
Greg Schwanbeck
units
3-0-9U
schedule
TR (4:00-5:30) (Virtual)
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
MW (2:00-3:30) (Virtual)
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. Explores federal housing and economic development programs as well as state and local public finance tools.

instructors
units
2-2-5
schedule
MW (3:30-5:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Surveys important developments in urbanism from 1900 to the present, using film as a lens to explore and interpret aspects of the urban experience in the US and abroad. Topics include industrialization, demographics, diversity, the environment, and the relationship between the community and the individual.

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

Examines the built, psychosocial, economic, and natural environment factors that affect health behaviors and outcomes. Introduces tools designed to integrate public health considerations into policymaking and planning. Provides extensive practical training in the application of health impact assessment (HIA) methodology, which brings a health lens to policy, budgeting, and planning debates.

instructors
Siqi Zheng, Zhengzhen Tan, Yasheng Huang
units
3-0-3
schedule
TR (2:30 - 4:00), April 6th is the first day of H4 classes; Thursday, May 20th (Virtual )
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
TR (11:00-12:30) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Examines the behavioral foundation for policy design using urban transportation examples. Introduces multiple frameworks for understanding behavior while contrasting the perspectives of classic economic theory with behavioral economics and social psychology. Suggests corresponding policy interventions and establishes a mapping across behavior, theory, and policy.

instructors
V. Karplus
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (1:00 - 2:30) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on the ways economics and politics influence the fate of energy technologies, business models, and policies around the world. Extends fundamental concepts in the social sciences to case studies and simulations that illustrate how corporate, government, and individual decisions shape energy and environmental outcomes.

instructors
units
3-3-6
schedule
M 2:30 – 5:00 PM, W 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, F (12:30 - 3:00) LAB (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

An introduction to the research and empirical analysis of urban planning issues using geographic information systems. Extensive hands-on exercises provide experience with various techniques in spatial analysis and querying databases.

instructors
units
2-0-2
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Introduces applications of microeconomic theory to planning problems including urban form and structure, government's role in urban settings and problems of housing finance.

instructors
units
3-0-5G
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30), Recitation TBA (Virtual )
prerequisites
description

Introduces basic economic analysis for planning students including the functioning of markets, the allocation of scarce resources among competing uses, profit maximizing behavior in different market structures. Course illustrates theory with contemporary economic issues.

instructors
units
2-2-2
schedule
M 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM, W 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, F (12:30 - 3:00) LAB (Virtual )
prerequisites
description

Half 1 class.
Practical introduction to spatial analysis and geographic information systems (GIS). Examines how geography is represented digitally and how nonrandom distributions of phenomena as diverse as poverty and scenic resources can be better understood by examining their spatial characteristics. Limited enrollment; 

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

Explores the evolution of poverty and economic security in the US within a global context. Examines the impacts of recent economic restructuring and globalization. Reviews current debates about the fate of the middle class, sources of increasing inequality, and approaches to advancing economic opportunity and security. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

instructors
units
4-2-6
schedule
Asynchronous lectures except Friday Session 1:00 - 2:30 PM , Recitation TBA (Virtual )
prerequisites
description

Develops logical, empirically based arguments using statistical techniques and analytic methods. Covers elementary statistics, probability, and other types of quantitative reasoning useful for description, estimation, comparison, and explanation. Emphasizes the use and limitations of analytical techniques in planning practice.

instructors
Dayna Cunningham, Katrin Kaeufer
units
3-0-3G
schedule
TR (5:00-6:30) (Virtual )
prerequisites
description

This course introduces students to Participatory Action Research (PAR), which is an approach to research and inquiry that enables communities to examine and address consequential societal problems.

instructors
units
2-2-5
schedule
MW (3:30-5:00) (Virtual )
prerequisites
description

Surveys important developments in urbanism from 1900 to the present, using film as a lens to explore and interpret aspects of the urban experience in the US and abroad. Topics include industrialization, demographics, diversity, the environment, and the relationship between the community and the individual.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
T (9:30 - 12:30) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Examines how the development of the built environment produces and reproduces conceptions of race - sociobiological theories of human difference.

instructors
Gilad Rosenzweig
units
2-4-6
schedule
F (9:00-1:00) (Virtual)
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
units
2-0-1
schedule
F (9:30-11:00) (Virtual )
prerequisites
description

Seminar dissects ten transportation studies from head to toe to illustrate how research ideas are initiated, framed, analyzed, evidenced, written, presented, criticized, revised, extended, and published, quoted and applied. Students design and execute their own transportation research.

instructors
units
3-6-3
schedule
TR (1:00 - 2:30) (Virtual)
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
MW (3:30-5:30) (Virtual )
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
Siqi Zheng, Zhengzhen Tan, Yasheng Huang
units
3-0-3
schedule
TR (2:30 - 4:00), April 6th is the first day of H4 classes; Thursday, May 20th ()
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 (11:00-12:30) (Virtual)
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
V. Karplus
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (1:00-2:30) (Virtual )
prerequisites
description

Focuses on the ways economics and politics influence the fate of energy technologies, business models, and policies around the world. Extends fundamental concepts in the social sciences to case studies and simulations that illustrate how corporate, government, and individual decisions shape energy and environmental outcomes.

instructors
units
2-4-6
schedule
F (10:00-12:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Provides an opportunity for MIT students to become certified in methods of assessing the vulnerability of public agencies (particularly agencies that manage critical urban infrastructure) to the risk of cyberattack. Certification involves completing an 8-hour, self-paced, online set of four modules during the first four weeks of the semester followed by a competency exam.

instructors
units
6-0-12H / PRACTICUM
schedule
MW (5:00 - 9:00PM) (Virtual)
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 (5:00-7:00), F (9:00-12:00) (VIrtual)
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
units
0-21-0
schedule
TR (1:00 - 6:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

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.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
M (2:00 - 5:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
Permission of instructor
description

Examines the urban environment as a natural phenomenon, human habitat, medium of expression, and forum for action. Subject has two related, major themes: how ideas of nature influence the way cities are perceived, designed, built, and managed; and how natural processes and urban form interact and the consequences of these for human health safety and welfare.

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

Explores photography as a disciplined way of seeing, of investigating urban landscapes and expressing ideas. Readings, observations, and photographs form the basis of discussions on light, detail, place, poetics, narrative, and how photography can inform design and planning.

instructors
Andrea Chegut
units
1-0-2
schedule
W 10:00AM - 12:00PM (H4 Semester) (Virtual )
prerequisites
description

Focuses on the economic foundations of innovation, trace innovation to the primary and secondary commercial real estate markets, and survey products, spaces and technologies in the commercial real estate development pipeline of today and beyond. Candidly discusses the challenges faced by innovators in the real estate innovation domain.

instructors
Manish Srivastava
units
3-0-3
schedule
F (3:30 - 6:30) (Virtual)
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
Staff
units
Arranged
schedule
W (5:00 - 8:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
11.001J, 11.301J, 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
Alexander D'Hooghe
units
21G
schedule
TR (1:00-6:00) (Virtual)
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) (Virtual)
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
units
2-0-7 / PRACTICUM
schedule
W 10:30AM - 12:30PM (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Examines the relationship between urban design ideals, urban design action, and the built environment through readings, discussions, presentations, and papers. Analyzes the diverse design ideals that influence cities and settlements, and investigates how urban designers use them to shape urban form.

instructors
C. Gordon
units
2-0-4
schedule
TR (4:00-5:30) First half of the term (Virtual)
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
Tod McGrath
units
3-0-9G
schedule
R (6:00-9:00) (Virtual)
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) (Virtual)
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
3-0-9
schedule
MW (9:30-11:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Examines the built, psychosocial, economic, and natural environment factors that affect health behaviors and outcomes. Introduces tools designed to integrate public health considerations into policymaking and planning. Provides extensive practical training in the application of health impact assessment (HIA) methodology, which brings a health lens to policy, budgeting, and planning debates.

instructors
Lawrence Susskind, Animesh K. Gain
units
3-0-9G
schedule
T (3:30-5:30) (Virtual)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Examines the history and dynamics of international environmental treaty-making, or what is called environmental diplomacy. Emphasizes climate change and other atmospheric, marine resource, global waste management and sustainability-related treaties and the problems of implementing them.

instructors
T. Kochan, B. Dyer
units
2-2-2
schedule
TR 11:00AM - 12:30PM (Virtual)
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
units
3-0-9
schedule
R (2:00-5:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Investigates the relationship between states and markets in the evolution of modern capitalism.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
T (3:00 - 5:00) (Virtual)
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
units
2-0-4H
schedule
TR (8:30 - 10:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
11.431 AND (15.402 OR 15.414)
description

Introduces real estate capital markets for institutional investors. Topics include real estate investment trusts (REIT), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), and private equity. Concepts and techniques for investment analysis may include portfolio theory and equilibrium asset pricing. Additional topics may include price indexing and derivatives.

instructors
David Geltner, R. de Neufville
units
2-0-4G
schedule
TR (4:00-5:30) (Virtual)
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
units
4-0-8
schedule
MW (2:00-3:30) (Virtual)
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. Explores federal housing and economic development programs as well as state and local public finance tools.

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

Social media networks, crowdsourcing, mobile and web apps 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 planning and advocacy organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate prototype digital tools.

instructors
R. Goethert
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) ()
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 (2:00 - 5:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Focuses on disseminating Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) or water/environment innovations in developing countries and underserved communities worldwide. Structured around field-based learning, case studies, lectures and videos in which teams propose an idea and are mentored through the process of bringing that innovation to fruition.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
F (10:00-1:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Informs and prepares students to navigate the explicit and implicit power dynamics among stakeholders in decision-making processes that govern the planning and delivery of water and sanitation systems.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (11:00-12:30) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Examines the behavioral foundation for policy design using urban transportation examples. Introduces multiple frameworks for understanding behavior while contrasting the perspectives of classic economic theory with behavioral economics and social psychology. Suggests corresponding policy interventions and establishes a mapping across behavior, theory, and policy.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
T (2:00 - 5:00) (Virtual)
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
Staff
units
2-0-1
schedule
F (10:30 - 12:00) (Virtual)
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
M 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM, W 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, F (12:30 - 3:00) LAB (Virtual)
prerequisites
11.205 OR Permission of instructor
description

Half 2 class.

instructors
units
2-2-2H
schedule
T (2:30 - 4:00) Lecture , R (2:30 - 4:00) Lab (Virtual )
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

The fundamentals of database management systems as applied to spatial analysis. Includes extensive hands-on exercises using real-world planning data. Introduces database management concepts, SQL (Structured Query Language), and enterprise-class database software. Same content as first half of 11.521.

instructors
units
schedule
T (2:30 - 4:00) Lecture, R (2:30 - 4:00) Lab (Virtual)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

Learning and utilizing advanced geographic information system techniques in studio/lab setting with real-world client problem and complex digital spatial data infrastructure. Projects typically use the client and infrastructure setting for 11.521. Credit cannot also be received for 11.521 in the same term.

instructors
units
3-0-9G
schedule
MW (11:00-12:30) (Virtual)
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
N. Ashford, C. Caldart
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (3:30-5:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Reviews and analyzes federal and state regulation of air and water pollution, hazardous waste, green-house gas emissions, and the production and use of toxic chemicals. Analyzes pollution as an economic problem and the 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
TR (9:30 - 11:00) (Virtual)
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 (2:00-5:00) (Virtual )
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
Staff
units
1-1-1
schedule
W (12:30 - 1:30) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Introduces principal issues in the field of advanced urbanism for discussion and exploration. Includes theoretical linkages between ideas about the culture of cities, processes of urbanization, and urban design. Involves events co-organized by faculty and doctoral students to further engage and inform research.

instructors
units
Arranged
schedule
Arranged (Virtual )
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
units
3-0-3
schedule
T R (3:30-5:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

This course introduces computational thinking and applied data science practice related to urban domain. Students learn principles, tools, and techniques of using data for urban problem-solving through hands-on exercises in Python.

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

Demography is said to be destiny. A new longevity economy is emerging. While all nations are aging, studies indicate that nearly half of the children born in industrialized economies will live over 100 years. By 2047, there may be more adults over 60 years old then children under 15 worldwide. Planning and preparing for a 100-year society is a major challenge for government and business.

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

Social media networks, crowdsourcing, mobile and web apps 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 planning and advocacy organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate prototype digital tools.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
T (9:00AM - 12:00PM) (Virtual)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

The course 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, we take a hands-on view and learn how to operationalize and model pedestrian activity in built environments using software tools and analysis methods.

instructors
units
3-0-6
schedule
R (9:00 - 12:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Indigenous communities, including Native American tribes in the United States, are more connected culturally to the natural environment than most other people.  They have evolved ways to manage natural resources on their land, even when the dominant culture that surrounds them seeks to thwart their ability to do so.  And, in recent years, they have had to find ways to adapt to the unexpected im

instructors
units
3-0-3
schedule
TR (3:30 - 5:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

This course introduces computational thinking and applied data science practice related to urban domain. Students learn principles, tools, and techniques of using data for urban problem-solving through hands-on exercises in Python.

instructors
units
3-0-6
schedule
R (9:00 - 12:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Indigenous communities, including Native American tribes in the United States, are more connected culturally to the natural environment than most other people.  They have evolved ways to manage natural resources on their land, even when the dominant culture that surrounds them seeks to thwart their ability to do so.  And, in recent years, they have had to find ways to adapt to the unexpected im

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

Demography is said to be destiny. A new longevity economy is emerging. While all nations are aging, studies indicate that nearly half of the children born in industrialized economies will live over 100 years. By 2047, there may be more adults over 60 years old then children under 15 worldwide. Planning and preparing for a 100-year society is a major challenge for government and business.

instructors
units
3-0-9
schedule
T (9:00 - 12:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor
description

The course 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, we take a hands-on view and learn how to operationalize and model pedestrian activity in built environments using software tools and analysis methods.

instructors
Janelle Knox-Hayes, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Juan Camilo Osorio
units
3-0-9G / PRACTICUM
schedule
F (1:00-4:00) (Virtual )
prerequisites
description

This workshop explores cross-jurisdictional climate change policies and their effects on equity and socially vulnerable populations. The course examines factors of greatest concern in adapting cities to climate change including infrastructure, energy food and water systems, health, housing and environmental justice. The course will review climate change hazards and social vulnerability to clima

instructors
Bish Sanyal, Rahul Mehrotra, Martha Chen
units
3-0-9
schedule
TR (10:00 - 11:30), NOTE: START DATE JANUARY 26th (Virtual)
prerequisites
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
2-0-7
schedule
T 6:30 - 8:30 PM (Virtual)
prerequisites
Permission of Instructor and a brief letter on why one is interested in the class.
description

The modern city—with its attractive industry, remarkable vitality, strange solitudes, and wide and varied human contrasts—gathers peoples and forces with such dynamism that it can seem as incomprehensible as it is interesting. How, then, does one see the city in its varied complexity with a rich understanding of the lives and institutions and sensibilities that animate it?

instructors
Siqi Zheng, Zhengzhen Tan, Juan Palacios
units
3-0-3
schedule
MW 8:00 - 9:30AM first half semester ( Feb 17 - Mar 31) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

The real estate industry plays a crucial role in achieving sustainable goals locally and globally. The operation and construction of buildings account for more than 35% of energy use and account for nearly 40% CO2 emissions. Technology, climate science, and regulation have developed dramatically in recent years.

instructors
units
1-0-2
schedule
F (12:00 - 1:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

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

instructors
units
3-0-3
schedule
TR (3:30 - 5:00) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

This course introduces computational thinking and applied data science practice related to urban domain. Students learn principles, tools, and techniques of using data for urban problem-solving through hands-on exercises in Python.

instructors
units
3-0-6
schedule
R (9:30 - 11:30) (Virtual)
prerequisites
description

Housing is in crisis globally, from a pandemic of evictions, lack of affordability, increasing homelessness, precarious living in informal settlements, increasing segregation and increasing commodification of land and housing.  In this first-ever clinic at DUSP, a housing justice perspective will be used to engage with the multiple dimensions of the global housing crisis, including during the C

instructors
Andrea Chegut
units
schedule
TR 10:00AM - 12:00PM (Virtual )
prerequisites
description

Typically utilizing course number 11.321, this course is undergoing updates and is utilizing course number 11.S966 for Spring term 2021.  

 

instructors
Peter Roth
units
3-0-3
schedule
MW 12:30 – 2:00 pm (H3 first half of semester) (Virtual)
prerequisites
11.S966 “Affordable and Mixed-Income Finance and Policy,” or permission of instructor.
description

This half-semester course is intended for students interested in housing development who wish to understand the fundamental issues and requirements of mixed-income housing and the process one undertakes to plan and develop such housing.